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 ...

A U.S. Border Patrol helicopter patrols over the Paso del Norte International Bridge between El Paso, Texas and Ciudad Juárez, Mexico on Tuesday March 27, 2012.
A U.S. Border Patrol helicopter patrols over the Paso del Norte International Bridge between El Paso, Texas and Ciudad Juárez, Mexico on Tuesday March 27, 2012.

Legislature Considers Softer Line on Immigration

Texas Weekly

Two years after legislation to ban "sanctuary cities" was made a top priority, immigration legislation is barely discussed at the state Capitol. It’s put some lawmakers in a weird spot — especially when some of their own recently came out in support of what’s  a no-no in politics — amnesty. 

Conservative activist Grover Norquist
Conservative activist Grover Norquist

Norquist Wants to "Unite Center Right" on Immigration

Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist says Republicans are not the anti-immigrant party, and that a few loud “bullfrogs” have created “a completely bizarre view of where the modern conservative movement is” on immigration reform. 

 

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

Texans Voice Praise, Concerns Over Immigration Plan

A day before President Barack Obama is scheduled to deliver his first in a series of public comments on immigration and his push for national reform; eight senators unveiled their own plan for an overhaul of the country’s immigration system. Reaction stemmed from praise to concern over the plan’s border-security component.

TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 1/7/13

Batheja on growing calls for infrastructure spending, Dehn and Rocha report on voters’ legislative wishes, Murphy counts noses in the new Legislature, KUT’s Philpott sniffs out a push for tax relief, M. Smith tracks House Speaker Joe Straus after his re-election, Kalifa’s lovely time-lapse look at the Legislature’s first day, Aaronson on the Medicaid expansion, Aguilar on hopes for immigration reform, Grissom on the tribulations of Kerry Max Cook, Hamilton looks into a college curriculum battle, and E. Smith’s TribLive interview with Michael Williams: The best of our best for the week of Jan. 7, 2013.

Demonstrators march through the streets of downtown Dallas in 2010 to protest the passage of Arizona's controversial new immigration law.
Demonstrators march through the streets of downtown Dallas in 2010 to protest the passage of Arizona's controversial new immigration law.

Small Changes Could Make Big Difference for Immigrants

Reform advocates are hoping for comprehensive changes to immigration policies, as President Obama has promised. But short of that, there are still plenty of ways to fix existing policies and arcane laws, they say. Changes to immigration-detention policies and easing bureacratic hurdles could go a long way.

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst on opening day of 83rd Legislative Session, Jan. 8, 2013
Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst on opening day of 83rd Legislative Session, Jan. 8, 2013

Dewhurst: Put Some Money Aside for School Lawsuits

The state should set aside some money for the pending school finance lawsuits, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst said Wednesday. In a wide-ranging interview with the Tribune, he also talked about the state budget, education, immigration, water, transportation, and his hopes and plans for the legislative session that began this week. 

Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson discusses Texas historical records that document early immigrants like Davy Crockett and Stephen F. Austin.
Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson discusses Texas historical records that document early immigrants like Davy Crockett and Stephen F. Austin.

State Records Shed Light on Texas' Early "Illegals"

Mexican immigrants are apprehended every day on the Texas-Mexico border. But the shoe used to be on the other foot. Jerry Patterson, the Texas land commissioner, likes to remind fellow Republicans that white Americans used to be the undocumented immigrants in Texas — and that the authorities trying to keep them out were Mexican.

An estimated 25,000 demonstrators attended the rally in Dallas to advocate for comprehensive immigration reform on May 1, 2010.
An estimated 25,000 demonstrators attended the rally in Dallas to advocate for comprehensive immigration reform on May 1, 2010.

Plans Show Wide Gap Remains on Immigration

A day after U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison introduced immigration legislation that would give legal status to some undocumented minors, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus laid out its own goals for reform. The actions taken this week indicate there is still considerable ground to cover before an agreement is reached.

Immigration After the Election

The election last week showed many in the GOP that it may need to fine tune its message on immigration. The tight race between President Obama and former Gov. Mitt Romney motivated Latino voters — largely for Obama — and caused some immigrants to fear what a Romney administration could mean for their future.

Wokers along stretch of highway at US290/US 183 April 2011
Wokers along stretch of highway at US290/US 183 April 2011

Industry Leaders: Immigration Reform Begins in Texas

Leaders in the state’s construction industry say changing Texas law to crack down on employers who knowingly misclassify unauthorized workers could spur national immigration reform. Current loopholes allow employers to pay some laborers lower wages and at times mistreat workers they know are unable to speak out.