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 ...

Carlos Gutierrez holds up his bike in front of the Texas Capitol on November 9th, 2013 after a 12 day bike ride across Texas.
Carlos Gutierrez holds up his bike in front of the Texas Capitol on November 9th, 2013 after a 12 day bike ride across Texas.

Asylum-Seeker Completes "Pedaling for Justice" Ride

After riding his bike for more than 700 miles over 12 days, Carlos Gutierrez, — a Chihuahua native and businessman whose legs were cut off by Mexican gang members — completed his "Pedaling for Justice" trek Saturday in Austin.

Texas Senator Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, in the Senate chamber on May 29, 2011 where her one hour filibuster killed SB1811 for the regular session and prompted a special session.
Texas Senator Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, in the Senate chamber on May 29, 2011 where her one hour filibuster killed SB1811 for the regular session and prompted a special session.

Davis Says She'll Discuss Border Security With Locals

During the first of what she said would be several stops to El Paso and the border region, gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis talked border security and driver's licenses for undocumented immigrants, and offered her thoughts on revisiting a study on the economic impact of unauthorized immigration.

U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio, at a victory party for congressional candidate Pete Gallego at Don Pedro Mexican Restaurant in San Antonio on Nov. 6, 2012.
U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio, at a victory party for congressional candidate Pete Gallego at Don Pedro Mexican Restaurant in San Antonio on Nov. 6, 2012.

Castro: No Split Among Democrats on Immigration Reform

U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro said that despite reports that some Democrats are urging their colleagues not to work with House Republicans on immigration reform, the party remains united and wants to see something pass before the year ends.

Carlos Gutierrez, who lives in exile in Texas, embarks on the first segment of his "Pedaling for Justice" bike trek that ends in Austin next month.
Carlos Gutierrez, who lives in exile in Texas, embarks on the first segment of his "Pedaling for Justice" bike trek that ends in Austin next month.

Activist Immigrants Hurting Their Cause, Lawyer Says

A top immigration lawyer says activist immigrants like the DREAM 9 in Arizona betray the cause they champion and can dilute important cases like that of Carlos Gutierrez, who sought asylum in the U.S. after criminal gangs cut his legs off. But supporters of the activist immigrants say they are bringing much-needed attention to the immigration issue.

Greg Abbott announces his candidacy for governor at La Villita in San Antonio on July 14, 2013.
Greg Abbott announces his candidacy for governor at La Villita in San Antonio on July 14, 2013.

Abbott Urges Reform, Not Repeal, of DREAM Act

While other Republicans make noise about repealing the law that lets young undocumented immigrants pay in-state tuition rates, the front-running GOP candidate for governor has been silent on the issue. Aides say he wants to reform the law — not repeal it.

Carlos Gutierrez
Carlos Gutierrez

Exiles Speak Out Against Claims They're Gaming System

As lawmakers in Washington call for a review of how asylum law pertains to Mexicans seeking protection, a group of exiles is embarking on its own public relations campaign. Carlos Gutierrez of Mexicanos en Exilio, who sought safe harbor in the U.S. after criminals chopped off his legs, is riding his bike from El Paso to Austin. 

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.

U.S. House Democrats Make New Immigration Reform Push

In an effort to keep immigration reform alive during the debate over the government shutdown, congressional Democrats have filed legislation that includes elements of a border-security measure backed by a key GOP leader.

TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 9/16/13

M. Smith drops in on state textbook hearings, E. Smith interviews Tom Pauken, Satija on water rationing along the Colorado River, Root probes Dan Patrick’s unexpected investment, KUT’s Philpott sorts out clinic closings, Murphy maps the latest census data, MacLaggan on a welcome turn in poverty, Malewitz finds a race for energy efficiency, Hamilton reports on better grades for Sul Ross, Grissom on bad grades for the death penalty, Batheja on Debra Medina’s dilemma, Aguilar on the glum forecast for immigration reform and Aaronson looks at the latest hurdle for Obamacare: The best of our best for the week of Sept. 16-20, 2013.

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.

New Immigration Bill Filed; Texas Lawmakers Leave Talks

As the co-chairmen of the Congressional Border Caucus introduced an omnibus immigration bill Friday, two Texas Congressmen left a House group working on immigration after saying they could no longer trust the president.

State's High Court to Examine Smuggling Case

The Texas Supreme Court could rule this month in a case that that is likely to weigh in on the rights of private-property owners whose lands are traversed by undocumented immigrants. The case is focused on a 2007 car accident in which three undocumented immigrants, including a 7-year-old girl, were killed.

TribuneFest: Mental Health and Immigration

At the Trib's August 19 symposium on mental health at the University of Texas at San Antonio, Brandi Grissom talked about the intersection of mental health and immigration with Ricardo Ainslie, professor of educational psychology at the University of Texas at Austin; Octavio Martinez, Jr., executive director of the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health at UT-Austin; Soad Michelsen, president of Southwest Psychiatric Physicians; and David Walding, executive director of the Bernardo Kohler Center.