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 ...

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.

Demonstrators stand in front of the Texas Capitol on Feb. 22, 2011 to show their opposition to immigration legislation.
Demonstrators stand in front of the Texas Capitol on Feb. 22, 2011 to show their opposition to immigration legislation.

Ahead of Session, "Sanctuary Cities" Debate Renews

Gov. Rick Perry reiterated his support for the ban on “sanctuary cities” on Monday, the same day opponents of such measures said that a Supreme Court decision on a  controversial Arizona law did not automatically pave the way for Texas to enact its own immigration policies.

UT/TT Poll: Economy, Immigration Top Texas Issues

Economic issues top the list of most important problems facing the country, and immigration and border security top the list of state issues in the University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll. The state's voters are permissive when it comes to same-sex unions, strict when it comes to voting rights, and have complicated views on immigration, education and state spending.

The second annual Texas Tribune Festival kicked off with with a conversation between Texas governor Rick Perry and Tribune founder and CEO Evan Smith in the Grand Ballroom of the AT&T Conference Center in Austin, Texas on September 21, 2012.
The second annual Texas Tribune Festival kicked off with with a conversation between Texas governor Rick Perry and Tribune founder and CEO Evan Smith in the Grand Ballroom of the AT&T Conference Center in Austin, Texas on September 21, 2012.

Will Perry's "Pre-Veto" Work This Time?

Gov. Rick Perry says he is against repeal of in-state tuition for American-born children of immigrants living here illegally, but will Texas legislators go along with him? Perry says he doesn't think such a bill will ever reach his desk, but some lawmakers have already lined up behind repeal.

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.