Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Texas Supreme Court Hears Arguments in Case Involving Termination of Deported Immigrant's Parental Rights
The Texas Supreme Court will hear oral arguments today in an interesting immigration-related cases.
The Court will begin arguments at 9 a.m. in the Supreme Court Courtroom in Austin. Link for live video webcasts courtesy of TexasBarCLE.com.
The last case on the calendar is 11-0713 In the Interest of E.N.C., et al. from Lamar County and the Sixth District Court of Appeals, Texarkana
For petitioner: Judy Hodgkiss, Paris
For respondent: Luisa P. Marrero, Austin
The principal issues are (1) whether legally sufficient evidence supported the “best interest” standard for terminating a deported Mexican citizen’s parental rights despite his continuing support for his children and visits with them with help from relatives since his deportation and (2) whether legally sufficient evidence supported the endangerment standard when that evidence was based in part on the father’s conviction for criminal activity with a minor a decade earlier.
This case involves a father who left Wisconsin before his probation ended, then was arrested for probation violation in Texas when he sought to renew an immigrant-work permit and eventually deported. The court of appeals affirmed the trial court’s termination order.