by Edward Gomez – Austin Texas
AP / HLN
We have been following the stories of the Spanish Land Grant Heirs movement in Texas for the last year. Over the last several years, thousands of Texans, Hispanics, Latinos have been actively fighting for their rights, rights that the Constitution of the State of Texas protects.
It all began several years ago, when a Texas attorney, Eileen M. Fowler took interest in a handful of people who were trying to get their royalties (inheritance) from the State of Texas comptrollers office. According to the San Antonio Times, these land grantees are trying to find their “A $561 million pot of [...]
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 [...]