Tribpedia: Immigration

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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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Immigration Officials Defend Secure Communities

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ICE Director John Morton told lawmakers in Washington that the Secure Communities program is not about racial profiling but is about making the streets safer. Critics have charged that the program, which goes after undocumented immigrations in local jails, results in deportations for minor infractions and unfairly hurts targets minorities.

Dewhurst's Latest TV Ad: "Stop Obama's Amnesty"

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst released a new ad Wednesday focusing on illegal immigration and President Obama's recent executive order halting the threat of deportation for some young illegal immigrants in the country.

In the 30-second ad, called "Stop Obama's Amnesty," Dewhurst describes the border as "a 2,000-mile monument to the failure of Washington," and he says Obama's order "burns me up." He calls for tripling the size of the U.S. Border Patrol, an approach that Dewhurst's GOP U.S. Senate runoff opponent, former Texas Solicitor General Ted Cruz, has advocated as well. Both Dewhurst and Cruz have identified immigration as a major issue in the race.

The ad will air in markets across the state, according to the campaign.

TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 6/18/12

Aguilar on the aftermath of changes in U.S. immigration policy, Batheja on how the Republican candidates for Senate are handling that sensitive issue, KUT's Philpott on new driver's license laws and immigration, M. Smith on racial tensions and an ousted police chief in Jasper, Galbraith on the state's efforts to limit electric service blackouts, Hamilton on the hot Campbell-Wentworth Senate runoff in Central Texas, Murphy maps the May primary voting, Root on the restoration of the arson-damaged Texas Governor's Mansion and Dehn's latest Weekend Insider on obese Texans: The best of our best content from June 18 to 22, 2012.

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and Ted Cruz speak at the Republican Women of Kerr County luncheon at Inn of the Hills in Kerrville, June 15, 2012.
Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and Ted Cruz speak at the Republican Women of Kerr County luncheon at Inn of the Hills in Kerrville, June 15, 2012.

Immigration Emerges as Flashpoint in U.S. Senate Race

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst opposes the DREAM Act, and former Texas Solicitor General Ted Cruz doesn't support amnesty. Yet after attack ads from the rival U.S. Senate campaigns, some voters could be left wondering. Despite the attacks, Dewhurst and Cruz agree on many aspects of the immigration issue. And the immigration proposals the candidates actually disagree on haven't received as much attention.

The Republican Party of Texas says the guest-worker program it backs in its platform is a practical solution, denying claims by Democrats that they are merely pandering to Latinos
The Republican Party of Texas says the guest-worker program it backs in its platform is a practical solution, denying claims by Democrats that they are merely pandering to Latinos

State GOP Stands By New Immigration Position

State Republicans are defending their support for a guest-worker program, which they say is the most reasonable proposal either party has put forward in decades. Democrats have criticized the move as a clear effort to pander to the state's fast-growing Latino population.

Julián Aguilar, Ben Philpott, Emily Ramshaw and Reeve Hamilton talk at KUT's Views and Brews for the Tribune's Tribcast on April 24, 2012.
Julián Aguilar, Ben Philpott, Emily Ramshaw and Reeve Hamilton talk at KUT's Views and Brews for the Tribune's Tribcast on April 24, 2012.

The Weekly TribCast: Episode 129

In this week's special edition of the Tribcast, taped live before an audience at the historic Cactus Cafe, Reeve, Emily, Julian and Ben talk about Texas primaries, the Supreme Court taking up the Arizona immigration law and The Colbert Report.

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TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 4/9/12

Aaronson maps Medicaid patients' access to pharmacies, Aguilar on Mexicans in exile, Batheja on an unlikely threat to a veteran lawmaker's re-election, Galbraith and Murphy interactively track reservoir levels around the state, Grissom on the ringleaders who rule the state's largest youth lockup, Hamilton on how much Texas professors are paid, Ramsey on who's conservative, Ramshaw and Tan on the latest Planned Parenthood kerfuffle, Root on what Santorum's exit means for the Texas primary, and parts 4 (by M. Smith) and 5 (by Tan and Dehn) of our series on school district closures: The best of our best content from April 9-13, 2012.

Weekend Insider: El Paso War, Perry's Tea Party

Since 2006, thousands have been killed in the drug war in Chihuahua, Mexico. Many displaced by the violence are seeking refuge in El Paso, they have come together to form a nonprofit group called Mexicans in Exile. They plan to tour Texas to raise awareness about the tragedy in their homeland. Julian Aguilar explains why the group says they are not "illegal" or "undocumented" but refugees in a place where they never wanted to live.

Ross Ramsey examines how the Tea Party movement has influenced Gov. Rick Perry over the past three years. From the governor's book to his 2010 re-election campaign and his bid for the GOP presidential nomination.  

Find these stories and more in this weekend's editions of the The New York Times and at texastribune.org.

Immigration protest at Texas Capitol. February 22nd, 2011
Immigration protest at Texas Capitol. February 22nd, 2011

Jury Still Out on Local Immigration Enforcement

Wednesday’s court ruling that the city of Farmers Branch does not have the authority to enact immigration legislation is being hailed as a major victory for immigrants in Texas. But attorneys caution that the decision hardly means all state and local ordinances are dead on arrival. 

Claudia Kolker: The TT Interview

The contributing editor for the Houston Chronicle on her book, The Immigrant Advantage, which chronicles several practices that first-generation immigrants bring to the United States. They are practices, Kolker explains, that could benefit families who have lived in the U.S. for generations.

Arturo Vargas: The TT Interview

The executive director of NALEO's Educational Fund on what it will take to motivate Latinos to vote this year, why immigration isn't the group's only concern and why voter ID legislation is a bad idea. If they are smart, he says, President Obama and his GOP opponent will make a Latino strategy an important part of their campaigns.

Groups Allege Proposed Budget Harms Trade, Immigrants

Immigrant rights groups and border business leaders are balking at the White House's proposed 2013 budget, claiming it is business as usual. The Texas Border Coalition insists that the administration's lack of money for port improvements puts trade and security in peril. And rights groups are taking issue with the Secure Communities program.