RACE & IMMIGRATION

Students take the Pledge of Allegiance as protesters shout on Jan. 29, 2015.
Students take the Pledge of Allegiance as protesters shout on Jan. 29, 2015.

Abbott: "Civil Discourse" Needed on Religious Freedom

A day after state Rep. Molly White, R-Belton, came under fire for instructing staff to ask Muslim visitors to her office to pledge their allegiance to the U.S., Gov. Greg Abbott called for civil discussions "so that everyone has the opportunity to weigh in on their beliefs."

Abbott: "Civil Discourse" Needed on Religious Freedom

Students take the Pledge of Allegiance as protesters shout on Jan. 29, 2015.
Students take the Pledge of Allegiance as protesters shout on Jan. 29, 2015.

A day after state Rep. Molly White, R-Belton, came under fire for instructing staff to ask Muslim visitors to her office to pledge their allegiance to the U.S., Gov. Greg Abbott called for civil discussions "so that everyone has the opportunity to weigh in on their beliefs."

McCaul Plan Would Fund Guard, Aid Border Patrol

U.S. Border Patrol agents say that illegal traffic on public and private land in the Rio Grande Valley has triggered the need for additional resources in the region this year.
U.S. Border Patrol agents say that illegal traffic on public and private land in the Rio Grande Valley has triggered the need for additional resources in the region this year.

U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Austin, is pushing new border security legislation that would make it easier for Border Patrol agents to operate on protected lands, and fund continued National Guard presence.

Judge Hears Arguments in Immigration Policy Case

Attorney General Greg Abbott speaking on Dec. 3, 2014, about the lawsuit filed by Texas and other states against the Obama administration over immigration policy.
Attorney General Greg Abbott speaking on Dec. 3, 2014, about the lawsuit filed by Texas and other states against the Obama administration over immigration policy.

UPDATED: A judge heard arguments Thursday on a request to halt a White House immigration policy that could affect hundreds of thousands of Texans living in the country illegally. The judge did not indicate when he would make a ruling.

New Leaders Hope to Burnish Laredo's Image

Laredo has become the state's 10th-largest city, but it grapples with a reputation for corruption, crime and poverty.
Laredo has become the state's 10th-largest city, but it grapples with a reputation for corruption, crime and poverty.

After eight years of growth, change and public corruption scandals, new leaders in Laredo and Webb County are greeting 2015 with a sense of optimism. 

El Paso ID Program Aims to Aid Undocumented

An estimated 25,000 demonstrators attended the rally in Dallas to advocate for comprehensive immigration reform on May 1, 2010.
An estimated 25,000 demonstrators attended the rally in Dallas to advocate for comprehensive immigration reform on May 1, 2010.

A standardized ID would aid the homeless, indigent and help undocumented immigrants prove they qualify for relief from deportation under the president's recently announced executive action, an immigrant rights group says.

The Ford Foundation and the Hunt Family Foundation have supported coverage of immigration, demographics and the border region at The Texas Tribune.

Attempts to Dupe Immigration Agents Rise

International Bridge 1, for passenger vehicles and pedestrians, in Laredo.
International Bridge 1, for passenger vehicles and pedestrians, in Laredo.

Instead of trusting human smugglers or risking clandestine border crossings, an increasing number of people trying to enter the U.S. illegally are taking a more brazen approach. They try to slip through legal entry points using fake papers, or documents that belong to someone else.