Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick added police safety and jail safety issues, as well as sanctuary cities and veteran benefits to the Senate's to-do list Friday ahead of the next scheduled legislative session in 2017.Full Story
Long used to enrapturing friendly crowds in the reddest parts of beet-red Texas, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz came to the Rio Grande Valley on Tuesday with a less familiar task: finding a receptive audience in one of the state's few remaining Democratic bastions.Full Story
House Democrats tried – and mostly failed – to divert funds allotted for border security and the Texas Department of Public Safety to other departments during Tuesday’s budget debate. But the rancor over immigration enforcement that many expected didn’t materialize after lawmakers agreed to pull down amendments.
After several reassurances from House members about what a border security bill is not intended to do, the House Committee on Homeland Security and Public Safety voted out the sweeping measure on Wednesday.Full Story
Texans are divided along partisan lines over the state's policy offering in-state tuition for undocumented immigrants educated in Texas high schools. Ending the policy is popular with Republicans, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll.Full Story
Gov. Rick Perry has been outspoken in his frustration with the immigration system, Julián Aguilar writes. Perry says the system is broken and puts state lawmakers on the spot in deciding how to help Texans brought to the country illegally as children through no fault of their own. Critics say his compassion toward the undocumented population has waned since he took office.Full Story
This week in the Texas Weekly Newsreel: House Speaker Joe Straus appears to be locking down his position on the dais, the State Board of Education is again considering materials for textbooks and state leadership wants to keep the surge of law enforcement on the border in place through August.Full Story
A representative from Gov. Rick Perry’s office pushed back Tuesday against criticism that the governor overreached in funding the deployment of Texas National Guard troops to the border. Perry's deputy chief of staff said the office made the best choice possible in an emergency situation.Full Story
Some Texas lawmakers are questioning Gov. Rick Perry’s decision to tap $38 million in unused Texas Department of Public Safety funds to pay for the emergency deployment of the Texas National Guard to the U.S.-Mexico border. Perry is citing a provision in the budget that allows him to tap unexpended funds for emergencies without using the more typical “execution authority” of the Legislative Budget Board.Full Story
The Federal Railroad Administration is seeking public comment on a request by Union Pacific to transfer some train safety inspections away from a rail yard in El Paso due to border violence.Full Story
City Councilwoman Heidi Thiess of League City swung into action shortly after she saw media reports of Central American children sleeping in detention centers along the Texas-Mexico border. She wrote a resolution barring any immigrant from being housed on an emergency basis in her city. A handful of Texas communities have followed suit.Full Story
Officials with a Texas-based nonprofit operating a binational charity learned a difficult lesson about running a facility in Juárez, Mexico. A misunderstanding led to the removal of the facility's 40 children with special needs. What happened to them, they said, could happen to others if they are unprepared.Full Story
UPDATED: Two years after President Obama announced his executive decision on deferred action, benficiaries are nothing the anniversary with gratitude and trepidation. And they now have instructions on renewing their status.Full Story
The increase of unaccompanied children caught crossing the Mexican border into the U.S. has prompted the Obama administration to create a multiagency task force, headed by the Federal Emergency Management Administration, to address the issue.