RACE & IMMIGRATION

Senate Sends Border Security Measure to House

Sen. Brian Birdwell R-Granbury listens during debate of his campus carry bill SB #11 on March 18th, 2015
Sen. Brian Birdwell R-Granbury listens during debate of his campus carry bill SB #11 on March 18th, 2015

The Texas Senate on Monday passed its own sweeping border security bill, choosing to send its own version to the House rather than taking up the House’s measure, which the lower chamber passed last month.

 

Integrity Unit Won't Resume Inquiry Into DPS Contracts

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.

Responding to a request by the Texas Department of Public Safety to renew an investigation into the department’s border security contracts, the head of the state’s anti-corruption unit said Monday that it was not equipped to continue the investigation.

 

Castro Asks Feds for Border Surge Details

Former Texas House member and current Congressman Joaquin Castro at TTEvents with Evan Smith on Feb. 19, 2015.
Former Texas House member and current Congressman Joaquin Castro at TTEvents with Evan Smith on Feb. 19, 2015.

A Democratic congressman has asked the federal government to do what the Texas Department of Public Safety has said it can’t: Provide information on what role federal agents have played during the state’s multimillion-dollar border surge.

House Passes Border Prosecution Unit Bill

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 Texas House on Thursday passed legislation that would codify the current policies and duties of the state’s Border Prosecution Unit.

Juárez Valley Cartel War Drives Many Across Border

The mass for brothers Elmer García Archuleta and Edgar Ivan García on March 27, 2015, in Fabens, Texas. The two brothers were kidnapped and killed in December of 2014 in the Valley of Juárez, Mexico.
The mass for brothers Elmer García Archuleta and Edgar Ivan García on March 27, 2015, in Fabens, Texas. The two brothers were kidnapped and killed in December of 2014 in the Valley of Juárez, Mexico.

Despite improvements in pockets of northern Mexico after years of bloodshed, instability still reigns in areas of Chihuahua state that continues driving people north to seek safe haven. What determines whether a person lives or dies near this part of the Rio Grande could be as simple as geography.

GOP Takes First Step to End In-State Tuition for Undocumented

Dreamer Cristina Lizeth Urdiales was born in Monterrey, Mexico and brought to the US at the age of 5, listens during the Senate committee hearing on April 6th, 2015
Dreamer Cristina Lizeth Urdiales was born in Monterrey, Mexico and brought to the US at the age of 5, listens during the Senate committee hearing on April 6th, 2015

After a marathon hearing that stretched well into Tuesday morning, a Senate subcommittee approved Sen. Donna Campbell's bill to repeal Texas law that allows some undocumented students to pay in-state tuition at colleges and universities. 

Senate Panel Advances Sanctuary Cities Bill

Sen. Charles Perry R-Lubbock answers questions regarding his bill SB #185 which relates to to the enforcement of state and federal laws governing immigration during Senate Subcommittee on border security on March 16th, 2015
Sen. Charles Perry R-Lubbock answers questions regarding his bill SB #185 which relates to to the enforcement of state and federal laws governing immigration during Senate Subcommittee on border security on March 16th, 2015

A bill banning so-called sanctuary cities in Texas – the common term for local entities that do not enforce immigration laws — advanced out of a Senate subcommittee on Monday.

 

GOP Gun Measures Could Backfire With Minorities

Gun rights supporters participate in an open carry march through South by Southwest  led by the Austin chapter of Come and Take It on Wednesday, March 12, 2014.
Gun rights supporters participate in an open carry march through South by Southwest led by the Austin chapter of Come and Take It on Wednesday, March 12, 2014.

Republican lawmakers backing open carry and guns on campus are heading in the wrong direction for many black and Hispanic Texans who would prefer stricter gun laws, polling shows. It's another disconnect with minorities the GOP might regret.

Walker Denies Reversing Position on Immigration

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (left) and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (right) hold a news conference Saturday in Houston. Abbott and Walker, a likely 2016 presidential candidate, discussed their recent tour of the U.S.-Mexico border.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (left) and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (right) hold a news conference Saturday in Houston. Abbott and Walker, a likely 2016 presidential candidate, discussed their recent tour of the U.S.-Mexico border.

At a Houston press conference Saturday, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker emphatically denied he recently shifted his stance on illegal immigration.