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 ...


Jose Aliseda
Jose Aliseda

Guest Column: Call Them 'Illegal'

Texas Weekly

I suppose as a legal immigrant to this country at the age of four, I might have a different perspective than someone who has not had at least part of those terms applied to them during their life.

Inside Intelligence: On the Issues

Texas Weekly

The insiders answered questions from the University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll for the second week in a row, this time on the death penalty, education, top issues facing Texas, and whether the people they know would vote for a Mormon candidate with whom they agree on issues.

Co-director of the Metropolitan Organization Kevin Collins standing in Immaculate Conception Church where he serves as a priest.
Co-director of the Metropolitan Organization Kevin Collins standing in Immaculate Conception Church where he serves as a priest.

Texas Cities Step Up Prosecutions of Wage Theft

Last session, state lawmakers passed legislation to close a loophole allowing employers to escape prosecution for wage theft. Now that the law is in effect, organizations and lawmakers in at least three Texas cities — Austin, El Paso and Houston — are facing a new challenge: how to ensure that the prosecution of wage theft is a priority.

Texas ACLU Files Lawsuit Against ICE

The American Civil Liberties Union of Texas filed a lawsuit in federal district court today on behalf of three women who were allegedly sexually assaulted at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement's T. Don Hutto Family Residential Center in Taylor.

ICE Removes Record Number of Immigrants in FY 2011

Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced this week it deported more immigrants during the 2011 fiscal year than it did in any year since the agency's 2003 inception. The total includes more than 216,700 people convicted of felonies and misdemeanors. Enforcement is a double-edged sword for President Obama, who continues to draw harsh criticism from Republicans who say he is soft on illegal immigration and from advocacy groups who want immigration reform.

Video: Perry Answers Questions at N.H. Town Hall

A little more than a week after his embarrassing debate performance, Rick Perry this weekend got back to doing what he does best — pressing the flesh with voters. Perry held four town hall meetings in less than 24 hours. In this video from Friday, Sept. 30 in Derry, N.H., Perry fends off a hostile question about global warming, talks about his plans for Social Security and displays his trademark Texas swagger.

In-State Tuition Law Now Haunts Candidate Perry

Thanks to Gov. Rick Perry, Karla Reséndiz was able to attend the University of Texas and pay in-state tuition rates — even though she is not a legal resident of Texas. Reséndiz and others like her are now the focus of a harsh political debate. And Perry finds himself is in an unusual position: facing attacks for being insufficiently hardline on illegal immigration.

Race and Immigration at The Texas Tribune Festival

We'll be liveblogging throughout the weekend from the Texas Tribune Festival's race and immigration track — which includes panels on cross-border cartel violence, interdependence between the U.S. and Mexico, the relationship between illegal immigration and criminal justice, and the economics of immigration reform. 

Few Satisfied by Obama's Immigration Policies

With the Latino vote a key to his re-election, President Obama faces a conundrum: On immigration he's attacked from the left and the right, by disillusioned Latino critics and by conservatives who accuse him of failing to secure the country's borders and pursuing a backdoor amnesty — even as he deports a record number of immigrants.