Tribpedia: Immigration


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 ...


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.

Tribweek 04092012
Tribweek 04092012

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

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.

Border Coalition: Security Strategy Falling Short

After narcotics seizures surged 45 percent in 2010, the Laredo Customs District saw a relatively minimal increase in contraband intercepted at its ports in 2011. But others aren't sure the federal government should applaud so loudly about the Laredo district figures, saying efforts on the whole are lacking. The Texas Border Coalition released a scathing report last week noting that the current strategy doesn’t hinder cartels from moving their products.

TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 1/9/12

Tan and Root on the Texas presidential candidates returning to the state where Rick Perry started his campaign, Philpott on Perry's swipes at Mitt Romney, Ramshaw on Griffin Perry's tweets, M. Smith on the next round of fights over student testing, E. Smith's TribLive interview with Michael Quinn Sullivan, yours truly on the sliding primary election calendar, Hamilton on higher-education efforts to bolster the Texas work force, Grissom's interview with John Raley, Galbraith on the greenhouse gas wars and Aguilar on making it easier for immigrants to return to the U.S.: The best of our best content from January 9 to 13, 2012.

Immigration Proposal Not Seen as Major Step

The Obama administration is touting a plan to ease restrictions on illegal immigrants trying to re-enter the U.S. after applying for legal status. The administration says several immigrant families will benefit from the plan, which would allow the applicant to apply for a re-entry waiver before leaving the country. But some caution that the plan shouldn't be oversold as a major step in reform. 

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

Arpaio Investigation Drawing Mixed Reviews

While some immigration advocates are hailing the Obama administration's condemnation of alleged civil rights abuses by Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, others question the timing. Was it just a ploy to curry political favor with Hispanic voters, or is immigration reform in sight?