The report by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP) says that undocumented immigrants currently contribute 8 percent of the taxes paid into local and state public coffers – including indirect taxes paid on utilities, clothing, gasoline, etc.
“Regardless of the politically contentious nature of immigration reform, the data show undocumented immigrants greatly contribute to our nation’s economy, not just in labor but also with tax dollars,” said Meg Wiehe, ITEP State #Tax Policy Director.
Roy Beck, executive director of Numbers USA, said the typical undocumented household pays $10,000 a year in taxes but [...]
The family filed a lawsuit in July in Travis County District Court, the Austin American-Statesman reported. The main defendant is the General Land Office, whose commissioner is George P. Bush.
“The land was pretty inhospitable,” Tony Zavaleta, a sociology professor at the University of Texas at Brownsville who helped a coal company survey the land in the 1980s told the newspaper. “Who knew that it was sitting on a sea of minerals?”
The Texas Supreme Court ruled in 2008 against a family, deciding that the suit had run afoul of the statute of limitations. The court issued a similar ruling in [...]
La Porte attorney Eileen McKenzie Fowler (right), who represents families whose ancestors received land grants, reads the framed lyrics of a song written for her by one of the descendants, Antonia Margarita
In an informational session Saturday that was part pep rally and part devotional, about 500 descendants of Spanish and Mexican land grantees met in San Antonio to hear proposed legislation that could bring them a form of justice their families have long sought:
“Through the years, our ancestors — my father, his parents, his grandparents and his great-grandparents — all have been seeking justice and compensation of what our forefathers left [...]