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More than 1 million undocumented immigrants live in Texas, according to the Migration Policy Institute

Because of its proximity to Mexico, Texas is second only to California in the number of undocumented immigrants who live in the state. 

Since the U.S. Congress in 2006 sparked national debate about illegal immigration, the state's immigration policies have become a matter ...

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Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in El Paso.
Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in El Paso.

Immigrant Sanctuary Effort May Head to Texas

Patterned after a movement in the 1980s, a multistate effort urging churches and other places of worship to provide sanctuary for undocumented immigrants began this month. The effort could come to Texas, where some leaders say such shelter is already being provided.

Candidate for Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst addresses the media in the parking lot of an Austin HEB before voting early in the 2014 runoffs, May 19, 2014.
Candidate for Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst addresses the media in the parking lot of an Austin HEB before voting early in the 2014 runoffs, May 19, 2014.

Dewhurst Tells D.C. Crowd Prayer Rugs Found on Border

In a speech in Washington, D.C., on Friday, outgoing Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst doubled down on claims that Muslim prayer rugs had been found on the Texas-Mexico border. His comments follow a panel discussion on border security last week where he suggested Islamic extremists might be coming into the U.S. from Mexico.

State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, D-San Antonio, and state Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, during a legislative committee hearing on human trafficking in La Joya on July 24. Both senators are candidates for lieutenant governor.
State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, D-San Antonio, and state Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, during a legislative committee hearing on human trafficking in La Joya on July 24. Both senators are candidates for lieutenant governor.

Push to Repeal DREAM Act Could Face GOP Criticism

State Sen. Dan Patrick, the Republican candidate for lieutenant governor, has vowed to repeal the Texas DREAM Act. While such an effort could gain traction among some conservative lawmakers, Patrick could face criticism from Republicans trying to reach out to Hispanic voters.

A woman, who asked not to be identified because she fears for her safety, stands near the pulpit at the end of service at First Baptist Church on Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in El Paso. The woman fled Boko Haram in Nigeria and is now seeking asylum.
A woman, who asked not to be identified because she fears for her safety, stands near the pulpit at the end of service at First Baptist Church on Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in El Paso. The woman fled Boko Haram in Nigeria and is now seeking asylum.

Against the Odds, Finding Refuge in El Paso

Four years after fleeing Somalia, Dekha Hassan-Mohamed is living in El Paso after winning an asylum claim and bucking a national trend. Her lawyer is seeking the same protection for another client who fled Nigeria. Both women are grateful for the new chapters of their lives in El Paso. 

Texas Governor Rick Perry, flaned by Adjutant General John Nichols, l, and DPS Director Steve McCraw, talks to National Guard troops at Camp Swift on August 13, 2014.
Texas Governor Rick Perry, flaned by Adjutant General John Nichols, l, and DPS Director Steve McCraw, talks to National Guard troops at Camp Swift on August 13, 2014.

Perry Urges Mexican President to Visit Texas Border

Gov. Rick Perry on Wednesday invited Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto to witness for himself the operations of the National Guard patrolling the Texas side of the Rio Grande. The invitation was a response to the Mexican president telling media outlets that Perry’s decision to deploy the guard was “reprehensible.”

 

Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas gives an impassioned speech to Republican delegates in Fort Worth on June 6, 2014.
Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas gives an impassioned speech to Republican delegates in Fort Worth on June 6, 2014.

Cruz Won't Force Government Shutdown Over DACA

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz will not threaten a government shutdown by seeking to attach a provision that ends the president's deportation-relief program for certain undocumented immigrants to a must-pass government funding bill, his spokeswoman said Wednesday night.  

 

“Junior” Silva walks through the chapel and the Senda de Vida immigrant shelter in Reynosa, Tamaulipas on August 24, 2014.
“Junior” Silva walks through the chapel and the Senda de Vida immigrant shelter in Reynosa, Tamaulipas on August 24, 2014.

For TX Charities, a Struggle to Send Aid Across Border

The parish at McAllen's Sacred Heart Church has acted as a shelter for thousands of Central Americans crossing the border illegally into Texas, and donations have come pouring in. An effort to send some of the surplus supplies into Mexico is underway, though the philanthropy faces two key hurdles: drug violence and Mexican tax laws. 

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.

Guard's Arrival on Border Brings Reassurance, Concerns

The arrival of the Texas National Guard to the border has been met with praise by some who say the state is taking the lead in securing the border while the federal government falls flat in its mission. But others say the deployment is overkill that only serves to hamper the local economy.

A Catholic Charities shelter at Sacred Heart Church in McAllen helps hundreds of displaced immigrants who have crossed the Texas-Mexico border. Texas immigration lawyers are scrambling to coordinate representation for many of the migrants.
A Catholic Charities shelter at Sacred Heart Church in McAllen helps hundreds of displaced immigrants who have crossed the Texas-Mexico border. Texas immigration lawyers are scrambling to coordinate representation for many of the migrants.

Attorneys Struggling to Help Migrants Navigate Legal System

Texas immigration lawyers are scrambling to coordinate representation for the thousands of Central American migrants who have crossed into Texas illegally. While limited time is a large hurdle, so is navigating through the complicated system of immigration law. 

National guard troops fold their hands while listening to Governor Perry explain their deployment to the Texas border on August 13, 2014 at Camp Swift in Bastrop County.
National guard troops fold their hands while listening to Governor Perry explain their deployment to the Texas border on August 13, 2014 at Camp Swift in Bastrop County.

Rio Grande Valley Mayor Welcomes National Guard Troops

Rio Grande City Mayor Ruben Villarreal is among the few public officials on the border welcoming the presence of National Guard troops to deal with the surge of illegal immigration. The small town's leader says the extra manpower will allow police to focus on local problems.

Border Convoy's Pete Santilli and La Unión del Pueblo Entero's John-Micheal Torres exchange words during a rally in McAllen on Friday.
Border Convoy's Pete Santilli and La Unión del Pueblo Entero's John-Micheal Torres exchange words during a rally in McAllen on Friday.

Border Convoy Arrives in McAllen as Apprehensions Drop

A convoy of anti-illegal immigration activists made it to McAllen on Friday for a rally at the city’s municipal bus station. Their visit comes as the Department of Homeland Security says the number of unaccompanied minors and adults with children apprehended on the southern border has dropped significantly.

Texas Governor Rick Perry speaks during the 2014 RedState Gathering at the Worthington Renaissance Hotel in Fort Worth, Texas on August 8, 2014.
Texas Governor Rick Perry speaks during the 2014 RedState Gathering at the Worthington Renaissance Hotel in Fort Worth, Texas on August 8, 2014.

Perry Vows to Secure Border, Spread Red-State Policies

Promising to secure the border and take the Texas approach to government national, Gov. Rick Perry delivered an impassioned speech Friday morning in which he called for conservatives to wage a “war” on “the battlefield of ideas.”

 

Gov. Rick Perry, flanked by State Rep. Dennis Bonnen, R-Angleton, and Texas Adjutant General John Nichols, announces the deployment of National Guard troops to the Texas border on July 21, 2014.
Gov. Rick Perry, flanked by State Rep. Dennis Bonnen, R-Angleton, and Texas Adjutant General John Nichols, announces the deployment of National Guard troops to the Texas border on July 21, 2014.

Perry's Office Defends National Guard Funding

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.

A detainee sleeps in a holding cell at a U.S. Customs and Border Protection processing facility, Wednesday, June 18, 2014, in Brownsville, Texas. CPB provided media tours Tuesday of two locations in Brownsville and Nogales, Ariz. that have been central to processing the more than 47,000 unaccompanied children who have entered the country illegally since Oct. 1.
A detainee sleeps in a holding cell at a U.S. Customs and Border Protection processing facility, Wednesday, June 18, 2014, in Brownsville, Texas. CPB provided media tours Tuesday of two locations in Brownsville and Nogales, Ariz. that have been central to processing the more than 47,000 unaccompanied children who have entered the country illegally since Oct. 1.

Congressional Inaction Leaves Border Communities Hoping for Funds

When Congress adjourned last week without passing a border security bill to pay for additional operations, it also left local governments without an avenue to be reimbursed for millions spent during the border crisis. Now, some border communities are hoping the president will use executive authority to reimburse local taxpayers.

Criticizing a lack of federal response on border issues, Governor Rick Perry announces deployment of up to 1,000 National Guard troops to the Texas-Mexico border on July 21, 2014.
Criticizing a lack of federal response on border issues, Governor Rick Perry announces deployment of up to 1,000 National Guard troops to the Texas-Mexico border on July 21, 2014.

Lawmakers Question Perry's Funding of National Guard

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.

Rep. Jason Villalba, R-Dallas, takes questions from reporters after filing the Protection of Texas Children Act on Feb. 6, 2013.
Rep. Jason Villalba, R-Dallas, takes questions from reporters after filing the Protection of Texas Children Act on Feb. 6, 2013.

Villalba Urges GOP to Woo Hispanics

State Rep. Jason Villalba, R-Dallas, urged the GOP to focus on appealing to Hispanic voters, emphasizing that the “ultimate survivability of the Republican Party” is at stake, in an Austin speech Thursday.

A detainee sleeps in a holding cell at a U.S. Customs and Border Protection processing facility, Wednesday, June 18, 2014, in Brownsville, Texas. CPB provided media tours Tuesday of two locations in Brownsville and Nogales, Ariz. that have been central to processing the more than 47,000 unaccompanied children who have entered the country illegally since Oct. 1.
A detainee sleeps in a holding cell at a U.S. Customs and Border Protection processing facility, Wednesday, June 18, 2014, in Brownsville, Texas. CPB provided media tours Tuesday of two locations in Brownsville and Nogales, Ariz. that have been central to processing the more than 47,000 unaccompanied children who have entered the country illegally since Oct. 1.

Will They or Won't They? Time Running Out to Address Border Crisis

UPDATED: After the U.S. House called off a vote Tuesday afternoon on a $659 million supplemental bill for border security operations, Gov. Rick Perry said Congress is "abandoning its post."