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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Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson and Mexican Ambassador to the U.S. Arturo Sarukhan
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson and Mexican Ambassador to the U.S. Arturo Sarukhan

U.S., Mexican Leaders Say the Old PRI is Gone

The return to power of Mexico’s Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, is unlikely to be accompanied by the corruption that used to plague the party, say Arturo Sarukhan, the Mexican ambassador to the U.S., and former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson

Gov. Rick Perry on May 29, 2012, watching television returns after speaking at the party for Charles Schwertner's victory in the Texas Senate race for District 5.
Gov. Rick Perry on May 29, 2012, watching television returns after speaking at the party for Charles Schwertner's victory in the Texas Senate race for District 5.

Perry: "Deferred Action" Doesn't Change State Policies

Gov. Rick Perry has advised state agencies that the recent “deferred action” policy to allow illegal immigrants a two-year reprieve from deportation and a work permit does not change state policies.

Applicants for Deferred Action Hopeful About Future

Rocio Hernandez and Rodrigo Morales couldn't wait to apply for deferred action, which if approved would allow them to stay in the country and work legally in Texas. They were some of the first to apply. Like the duo, thousands of other potential applicants must now assess the risks — and benefits — of applying for deferred action.

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.