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 ...

Longtime State Rep. Pete Gallego, D-Alpine,  pauses before answering a question at a TribLive event with Evan Smith on February 9, 2012.   gallego is running against incumbent Quico Canseco for the 23rd District of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Longtime State Rep. Pete Gallego, D-Alpine, pauses before answering a question at a TribLive event with Evan Smith on February 9, 2012. gallego is running against incumbent Quico Canseco for the 23rd District of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Gallego Wants Combs to Update Immigrants Study

As the U.S. Senate readies itself for what’s likely to be a contentious debate on immigration reform, Congressman Pete Gallego, D-Alpine, is asking Comptroller Susan Combs to update a 2006 study on the economic impact of the state's undocumented immigrants.

Report: Immigrants' Economic Strength Increases

The number of naturalized citizens in Texas is on the rise, as is the purchasing power and economic output of the state's native-born and immigrant Hispanics and Asians, according to a new compilation of data by the Immigration Policy Center. But opponents say the data are misleading and skewed to paint only one side of a complex picture.

83rd Lege's Regular Session: What Happened, What Didn't

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Lawmakers raced to get several bills passed before the 83rd Legislature's regular session ended. And with Monday's announcement of a special session, their work isn't done. Here's a look at the deals reached and the measures that fell short in the regular session. 

Large group for immigration reform, walks up Congress Ave. towards the Texas Capitol on February 22nd, 2013
Large group for immigration reform, walks up Congress Ave. towards the Texas Capitol on February 22nd, 2013

The Polling Center: Texas' Date With Immigration Reform

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As many GOP leaders argue that passing comprehensive immigration reform is in the GOP’s best interest, some data suggests that the long-term interest of party strategists and the short-term self-interest of members of Congress are not necessarily in sync.

Large group for immigration reform, walks up Congress Ave. towards the Texas Capitol on February 22nd, 2013
Large group for immigration reform, walks up Congress Ave. towards the Texas Capitol on February 22nd, 2013

Critics See Holes in Bill's Border Security Strategy

Some Texas lawmakers and stakeholders are taking issue with aspects of the federal immigration reform bill filed last week, with some questioning why the measure was crafted without mechanisms to avoid a future inflow of illegal migration.

For Immigration Law, a Divided Pathway Emerges

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After initial hopes of harmony on immigration reforms in both Austin and Washington, Texas lawmakers are holding back and Texans in Washington are taking opposing tacks on border security. State lawmakers are trying to find common ground on a resolution showing support for reforming the nation's immigration system.

Large group for immigration reform rallies down Congress Ave. towards the Texas Capitol on February 22nd, 2013
Large group for immigration reform rallies down Congress Ave. towards the Texas Capitol on February 22nd, 2013

Border Security Bill Greeted With Skepticism, Support

Legislation filed by two of Texas’ top Republican members of Congress — which would mandate that the Department of Homeland Security meet certain benchmarks on border security — won’t necessarily derail current efforts to overhaul the country’s immigration system, policy experts say. But the bill ensures that the Texas conservatives will have their say in the immigration reform debate.

 

Low-budget movies about narcos, or Mexican drug dealers, are displayed on a shelf in Video Mexico, a video rental store in Austin.
Low-budget movies about narcos, or Mexican drug dealers, are displayed on a shelf in Video Mexico, a video rental store in Austin.

Narco Cinema Finds Growing Audience in Austin

Austin has become a growing market for Mexican narco cinema, hastily made films inspired by the cartels. The videos are popular in Austin partly because of the city's increasing population of Hispanic immigrants and Texas’ proximity to Mexico, where the inexpensive movies are made.