Hillary Clinton's national political director Amanda Renteria (right) canvasses neighborhoods in San Antonio on Feb. 8, 2016.
Hillary Clinton's national political director Amanda Renteria (right) canvasses neighborhoods in San Antonio on Feb. 8, 2016.

Texas Takes on Growing Role in Democratic Presidential Primary

Both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are increasingly looking to the March 1 Texas primary as a pivotal contest in their race for the Democratic presidential nomination. The Clinton camp is hoping for a decisive win in Texas, while Sanders' supporters are vying to overcome — or at least blunt — Clinton’s built-in advantages.

 
 

The Brief: With Second Place in Sight, Cruz Has Big Push in N.H.

Texas Sen. and Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz held a town hall meeting at the Peterborough Town Hall on Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016. He brought Hank Suprun, 9, of Dallas, up to ask his question. Suprun and his family made a special trip to New Hampshire to learn more about the primary.
Texas Sen. and Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz held a town hall meeting at the Peterborough Town Hall on Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016. He brought Hank Suprun, 9, of Dallas, up to ask his question. Suprun and his family made a special trip to New Hampshire to learn more about the primary.

The pivotal and increasingly more difficult to predict GOP presidential primary in New Hampshire will happen tomorrow with Texas Sen. Ted Cruz campaigning with an urgency similar to his efforts in Iowa.

"Criminal Aliens" Flashpoint of Border Security Debate

A group of undocumented Mexican national ex-offenders enter Mexico at the US-Mexico border crossing at Brownsville/Matamoros after being deported from the United States on Nov. 4, 2015.
A group of undocumented Mexican national ex-offenders enter Mexico at the US-Mexico border crossing at Brownsville/Matamoros after being deported from the United States on Nov. 4, 2015.

How to deal with, or talk about, foreigners who commit crimes in the United States — the government’s term for them is the politically incorrect “criminal aliens” — has prompted heated calls for vastly different solutions. This story is part of our "Bordering on Insecurity" series.

ICE Chief a Bipartisan Punching Bag in Immigration Debates

Sarah R. Saldaña, director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, at ICE headquarters in Washington, D.C., December 9, 2015.
Sarah R. Saldaña, director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, at ICE headquarters in Washington, D.C., December 9, 2015.

When she was a federal prosecutor in Texas, Sarah Saldaña was seen as hard-nosed and nonpartisan. Since President Obama appointed her to lead U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, she's learned to take hits from the left and right.

U.S. House Race a Test Case of Identity Politics

Mexican flags wave along Harrisburg Ave. in Houston. Drawn in 1991 to reflect the area’s booming Hispanic population, the Houston-based 29th Congressional District has never had a Hispanic representative.
Mexican flags wave along Harrisburg Ave. in Houston. Drawn in 1991 to reflect the area’s booming Hispanic population, the Houston-based 29th Congressional District has never had a Hispanic representative.

The upcoming primary face-off between incumbent Gene Green and Adrian Garcia in Houston's 29th congressional district will test case the influence of identity politics in Texas Democratic races.