RACE & IMMIGRATION

President Obama talked about the U.S. economy in a speech on July 10, 2014, at the Paramount Theatre in Austin.
President Obama talked about the U.S. economy in a speech on July 10, 2014, at the Paramount Theatre in Austin.

State Urges Judge to Keep Immigration Plan on Hold

The Texas Attorney General’s office said Tuesday that President Obama’s own actions should convince a federal judge to keep a controversial immigration plan on hold.

U.S. Border Patrol agents patrolling in the Rio Grande Valley.
U.S. Border Patrol agents patrolling in the Rio Grande Valley.

Congress Fully Funds Homeland Security

The 8,900 U.S. Border Patrol agents stationed on Texas’ border with Mexico can clock in next week knowing they’re still going to get paid after Congress on Tuesday voted to fund the Department of Homeland Security through September.

Congress Fully Funds Homeland Security

U.S. Border Patrol agents patrolling in the Rio Grande Valley.
U.S. Border Patrol agents patrolling in the Rio Grande Valley.

The 8,900 U.S. Border Patrol agents stationed on Texas’ border with Mexico can clock in next week knowing they’re still going to get paid after Congress on Tuesday voted to fund the Department of Homeland Security through September.

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Livestream: Immigration: The Next Five Years

We're livestreaming our discussion on the future of immigration in Texas with UT-Brownsville's Guadalupe Correa-CabreraState Sen. Eddie Lucio Jr.State Rep. Eddie Lucio III, and Rio Grande City Mayor Ruben O. Villarreal.

 

We're livestreaming our discussion on the future of immigration in Texas with UT-Brownsville's Guadalupe Correa-CabreraState Sen. Eddie Lucio Jr.State Rep. Eddie Lucio III, and Rio Grande City Mayor Ruben O. Villarreal.

 

Video: Immigration, The Next Five Years

Full video of our 2/27 discussion on the future of immigration in Texas with UT-Brownsville Associate Professor Guadalupe Correa-CabreraState Sen. Eddie Lucio Jr.State Rep. Eddie Lucio III and Rio Grande City Mayor Ruben O. Villarreal.

Full video of our 2/27 discussion on the future of immigration in Texas with UT-Brownsville Associate Professor Guadalupe Correa-CabreraState Sen. Eddie Lucio Jr.State Rep. Eddie Lucio III and Rio Grande City Mayor Ruben O. Villarreal.

In State of the State Address, Abbott Proposes Sweeping Agenda

Gov. Greg Abbott announces five emergency items for Texas legislators to consider during his State of the State speech on Feb. 17, 2015.
Gov. Greg Abbott announces five emergency items for Texas legislators to consider during his State of the State speech on Feb. 17, 2015.

UPDATED: Gov. Greg Abbott, delivering his first major policy address to the Texas Legislature, laid out an ambitious agenda, including an expansion of pre-kindergarten, massive tax cuts and roads as far as the traffic-glazed eye can see.

DPS Chief: Border Surge Wears on Officers, Resources

Texas Department of Public Safety officers patrol Anzalduas Park as part of Operation Strong Safety. Texas National Guard soldiers deployed to the area on Monday will help DPS in its mission, officials said.
Texas Department of Public Safety officers patrol Anzalduas Park as part of Operation Strong Safety. Texas National Guard soldiers deployed to the area on Monday will help DPS in its mission, officials said.

The multimillion-dollar influx of state police on the border is stemming the tide of illegal immigration, but parts of the operation are largely inefficient, the state’s top law enforcement officer told the House budget-writing committee.

 

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

Feds Appeal Texas Judge's Ruling on Obama Immigration Order

From left, immigration rights activists Manuel Ramirez, Lucian Villasenor and Adrian Orozco protest President Obama's Civil Rights Summit speech at the University of Texas in 2014, challenging the president's dedication to civil rights.
From left, immigration rights activists Manuel Ramirez, Lucian Villasenor and Adrian Orozco protest President Obama's Civil Rights Summit speech at the University of Texas in 2014, challenging the president's dedication to civil rights.

The Obama administration on Monday filed an appeal of last week’s ruling by a Texas judge that halted the president's immigration order. The U.S. government also requested that a federal judge let the program continue as the appeals process plays out.

Leaders Say State Will Win Immigration Case

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, Gov. Greg Abbott, Attorney General Ken Paxton and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick praise a judge's ruling against Obama's immigration program at a Capitol press conference on Feb. 18, 2015.
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, Gov. Greg Abbott, Attorney General Ken Paxton and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick praise a judge's ruling against Obama's immigration program at a Capitol press conference on Feb. 18, 2015.

At a celebratory press conference Wednesday, Greg Abbott, Ted Cruz, Ken Paxton and Dan Patrick hailed a federal judge's ruling to block President Obama's immigration plans, and confidently predicted that Texas will keep winning on appeal.