Hannah Moss, 20, a track athlete at Southern Methodist University was found dead in her off-campus apartment, university officials said. Foul play is not suspected, they said. (By Ryan Wood, WFAA Channel 8)
Texas has obtained a new batch of the drugs it uses to execute death row inmates, allowing the state to continue carrying out death sentences once its existing supply expires at the end of the month. (By The Associated Press)
The Texas Tribune reports that county jails spent more than $156.6 million housing more than 131,000 illegal immigrants between October 2011 and September 2013.
The report by Brandi Grisson is based on state jail commission data. A 2011 bill requires jails to begin tracking data about the costs of jailing people who are in the country illegally and federal detainers.
“Those are staggering numbers,” said state Sen. Tommy Williams, R-The Woodlands, who authored the bill. “The federal government has got to get a grip on controlling our borders."
According to the report, Tarrant County spent $5,875,508, housing 7,578 undocumented prisoners.
“We obviously don’t have a choice in that," Sheriff Dee Anderson told the Tribune. "If they commit a crime, we are not going to turn them loose. If you just deport them, they beat the bus back to where they were.
“I’ve had people say they shouldn’t be in our jails. But if they are here and they commit a crime, they need to face justice."
A civil rights group is demanding an independent investigation of the fatal shooting of two suspected illegal immigrants by a Texas state trooper from a helicopter.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Texas made its demand in a letter to Director Steve McCraw of the Texas Department of Public Safety, according to The Associated Press.
Copies of the letter were released Thursday. It says, "If the facts as reported are true, this use of deadly force was illegal and unconstitutional."
A trooper aboard a DPS helicopter fired at a fleeing truck in an effort to disable it on Oct. 25. Nine Guatemalan immigrants were hidden under a tarp in the pickup's bed. Three were wounded, two fatally.
The letter demands an investigation by "an agency that is not under the umbrella of the Texas DPS."
A judge in Arizona ruled Tuesday that police can immediately start enforcing the most contentious section of the state's immigration law, marking the first time officers can carry out the so-called "show me your papers" provision.
The decision by U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton is the latest milestone in a two-year legal battle over the requirement. It culminated in a U.S. Supreme Court decision in June that upheld the provision on the grounds that it doesn't conflict with federal law.
Now, with the requirement finally in full effect, both sides are anxious to see the outcome. The supporters want local police to use it vigorously, but worry federal immigration officials won't respond to calls to come arrest people.
"I am mulling what I will do if they don't respond," said Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who more than any other police boss in the state pushed the bounds of immigration enforcement. "I don't feel comfortable letting the illegal alien back on the street."
A two-year investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice has found that a North Carolina sheriff and his deputies routinely discriminated against Latinos by making unwarranted arrests with the intent of maximizing deportations.
In an 11-page report issued Tuesday, the federal agency said Alamance County Sheriff Terry S. Johnson (shown here at left) and his deputies violated the constitutional rights of U.S. citizens and legal residents by illegally targeting, stopping, detaining and arresting Latinos without probable cause, according to a report by The Associated Press.
A Republican first elected in 2002, Johnson suggested the probe was a political.
"We have never discriminated against Spanish speaking persons in any way, shape or form," the sheriff said Tuesday. "The Obama administration has decided to continue to wage war on local law enforcement."
A San Diego-area Border Patrol agent has been arrested after federal agents said they discovered a hidden room at his home in which illegal immigrants were being harbored -- including the Border Patrol agent's father, NBC San Diego reported on its website.
The Border Patrol agent, Marcos Gerardo Manzano Jr., 26, is facing charges of the harboring illegal immigrants.
The discovery was made at about 6 a.m. Tuesday, when a SWAT team raided Manzano's home and found an undocumented man hidden in the room. They also found evidence of drug dealing, the station reported.
The accused agent's 46-year-old father, Marcos Gerardo Manzano Sr., is being sought on immigration violation charges, the station reported.
Imagine crossing the U.S. border illegally in Arizona and running into the Hulk.
That could happen now that actor Lou Ferrigno, who played the giant green Hulk character on television, has joined a nearly 3,000 member volunteer posse formed by Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, that is tasked with assisting deputies crack down on illegal immigration.
Ferrigno's not the only famous member of the posse. Action star Steven Seagal and "Mission: Impossible" actor Peter Lupus, who is in his 70s, also are members, the Associated Press reported.