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Thursday, August 25th, 2016

Ruling clears way for Pasadena voting rights suit to go to trial

*MALDEF, changing U.S. Latino politics one battle, one victory at a time. VL By Mihir Zaveri, Houston Chronicle (2 minute read) A federal judge has denied Pasadena’s request to throw out a lawsuit challenging its controversial city council redistricting plan, which a group of Hispanic and Latino residents alleges dilutes the voting rights of the suburb’s growing

Monday, April 18th, 2016

MALDEF’s Thomas Saenz says he’s optimistic about Supreme Court immigration case

By Victor Landa, NewsTaco Ten minutes can be eaither a blink or an eternity, and if that’s all the time you’ve got to make your case in the highest court in the land those ten minutes had better...

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

Texas Faces Lawsuit Over Provision of Border Security Law

*The State of Texas says it’s a state crime to harbor undocumented immigrants. MALDEF says that’s a federal responsibility so the Texas law violates the constitution’s Supremacy Clause. So MALDEF has sued in federal court naming Gov. Abbott...

Monday, August 31st, 2015

Texas Supreme Court has opportunity to improve public education

*This is important for Latinos students in Texas. This is the inequity in a nutshell: “In Texas, with the average school tax rate of $1 per $100 value of property, the poorest district can raise $300 per...

Monday, February 16th, 2015

And the team keeps moving …

*Anther article written by NewsTaco’s friend Raul Lomeli, published in Spanish in a Mexico City Newspaper. When it comes to Latino civil rights in the U.S., he says “sigue la yunta andando … ” VL By Raul Lomeli, NewsTaco...

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

MALDEF lawyer ready if Texas House seat opens

*Exciting news coming out of Texas. VL By Gilbert Garcia, San Antonio Express News Marisa Bono is a likely candidate in an election that might not take place. Bono, a bright young attorney who has spent the...

Friday, August 29th, 2014

MALDEF Secures Court Victory on Behalf of Children in Texas School Finance Case

PRESS RELEASE Court Holds The State’s Current System Unconstitutional; Ruling Details Gross Inequities and Failures of the System for Low Income and English Language Learner Children AUSTIN, TX – After more than three months of testimony, Travis County...

Friday, August 29th, 2014

Judge: Texas school finance system unconstitutional

*This is HUGE for Latinos students in Texas. Kudos and thanks to the lawyers at MALDEF, and to all who hand a hand in this victory.There’s more to come, a turn at the Texas Supreme Court and...

Monday, May 5th, 2014

Undocumented-Immigrant Housing Ban Allowed by High Court

*Since 2012 the U.S. Supreme Court has side-stepped the issue of harboring undocumented immigrants. That year SCOTUS struck down parts of Arizona’s sb1070, and that’s as far as it’s gone on immigration. The court didn’t rule on...

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

U.S. Supreme Court denies review of Farmers Branch immigration ordinance

By Dianne Solís, Dallas Morning News The U.S. Supreme Court issued an order this morning denying review of a lower court ruling against an immigration ordinance in Farmers Branch that sought to bar those in the U.S. unlawfully from...

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

San Antonio has been a breeding ground for Latino Rights Organizations

By Al Kauffman, San Antonio Express News San Antonio, distinctively Latino for all of its history, is naturally distinctive in another respect: as birthplace and incubator for scores of state, national and internationally renowned Latino organizations. Univision,...

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

Civil Rights Coalition Victorious in Suit Against Alabama’s Anti-Immigtant Law

PRESS RELEASE Agreement Permanently Blocks Most of the Law’s Worst Provisions, Strictly Limits Racial Profiling Provision MONTGOMERY, AL — The coalition of civil rights groups that challenged Alabama’s anti-immigrant law, HB 56, announced today an agreement that permanently...

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

Latino State of the Union: Nation changes thinking

By Griselda Nevarez, Voxxi The November election changed the nation’s thinking of the Latino community, said Thomas A. Saenz, president and general counsel for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF). Speaking at MALDEF’s Latino State of...

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

Latino Voters Need Section 5 Today More Than Ever

By Nina Perales, Vice President of Litigation for MALDEF In the 2012 general election, an estimated ten percent of votes were cast by Latinos. The record high number was accompanied by media commentary expressing surprise at the strength of the...

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