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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Napolitano Blasts Cartels After Mexico Shootings

Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano visits Laredo, TX to announce the 2010 fiscal year Operation Stonegarden grants.
Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano visits Laredo, TX to announce the 2010 fiscal year Operation Stonegarden grants.

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano minced few words when she took stock of the killing of an Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent in Mexico today. “Let me be clear: Any act of violence against our ICE personnel — or any DHS personnel — is an attack against all those who serve our nation," she said. 

A demonstrator marches through the streets of downtown Dallas to protest the passage of Arizona's controversial new immigration law.
A demonstrator marches through the streets of downtown Dallas to protest the passage of Arizona's controversial new immigration law.

Lawmakers Denounce Perry's Emergency Item Request

Gov. Rick Perry’s request that lawmakers work to abolish “sanctuary cities” in Texas could potentially increase crime in spots across the border from Mexico, according to lawmakers who met in El Paso today to denounce the governor’s request.

Texas Lawmakers File Far-Ranging Immigrant Bills

The voter ID legislation passed by the Texas Senate on Wednesday night may be controversial, but it’s a familiar debate, as is the issue of “sanctuary cities.” Less well known but no less controversial are many of the provisions found in more than three dozen immigration-related bills filed so far. Some Hispanic Republicans in the Texas House say they are not going to support bills they believe are too extreme. 

A demonstrator marches through the streets of downtown Dallas to protest the passage of Arizona's controversial new immigration law.
A demonstrator marches through the streets of downtown Dallas to protest the passage of Arizona's controversial new immigration law.

DREAM Act Supporters Look to Texas Legislature

College students who would have benefited from federal passage of the DREAM Act, which would have provided a pathway to citizenship for certain illegal immigrants, are turning their attention to the Texas Legislature. As Erika Aguilar of KUT News reports, protesters rallied at the Capitol on Tuesday against a number of immigration bills lawmakers will consider.
Perry Speaks on the First Day of Session 2011
Perry Speaks on the First Day of Session 2011

Lawmakers React Quickly, Predictably, to Perry

Hispanic members of the Texas House responded swiftly to Gov. Rick Perry designating abolishing "sanctuary" cities a legislative emergency. “Instead of leading us through a $27 billion dollar budget shortfall that is poised to cripple our schools, our communities and the public health system, we are chasing ghosts,” said Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer, D-San Antonio.

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott

Attorney General Greg Abbott on Fighting the Feds

Rick Perry might be the state official most publicly doing battle with the the federal government, but Greg Abbott is quietly leading the charge on behalf of Texas. The Attorney General, who was just sworn into his third term in office, talked recently with Ben Philpott of KUT News and the Tribune.
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.

Unlikely Groups Ally to Oppose Immigration Laws

Proposing state enforcement of immigration laws can produce strange bedfellows. "Who would imagine that after 28 years of law enforcement the ACLU would be talking so nicely about me,” Sheriff Richard Wiles joked after being introduced as a common-sense sheriff by ACLU of Texas Executive Director Terri Burke for his opposition to proposed legislation patterned on Arizona’s.

Questions That'll Be Answered in 2011

Texas alternates election years with governing years, with legislative sessions set in the odd-numbered years after voters choose their leaders. There are variations, but it’s got a rhythm: Choose them, watch them govern, choose, watch. The elections behind us, it’s time to see what this particular bunch will do.

Veronica Cervantes, an Austin Community College student, participates in a rally on the University of Texas at Austin campus to support the Dream Act.
Veronica Cervantes, an Austin Community College student, participates in a rally on the University of Texas at Austin campus to support the Dream Act.

DREAM Act Speakers

Speakers rally for the DREAM Act in Austin.

Newly-elected state Rep. David Simpson at the head of the line to prefile bills on Nov. 8, 2010.
Newly-elected state Rep. David Simpson at the head of the line to prefile bills on Nov. 8, 2010.

TX House Bills Would Crack Down on Illegal Immigration

Republican state lawmakers, buoyed by their party’s resounding victories on Election Day, have filed several bills ahead of the next legislative session that signal how far they're willing to go in tackling illegal immigration. State Rep. Debbie Riddle, R-Tomball, filed a nine-bill bundle that included a proposal to require picture IDs at polling places.

Things We're Thinking About Beyond Election Day

Yes, yes, the governor’s race: It’s tended to suck all the air out of the room this election cycle, hasn’t it? But there’s an undercard as well, and even if it’s received scant attention by comparison, don’t think it doesn’t matter. To the contrary, the outcome of races other than the one at the top of the ballot has serious implications for a great many matters of politics and policy that will affect and should interest every single Texan in the near term.

TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 10/18/10

M. Smith on the frailties of electronic voting machines, Hu on the big bump in early voter turnout, Chang talks to the national coordinator of Health Information Technology, Hamilton on why the nondiscrimination policies of state university systems don't include sexual orientation, Aguilar on the prospect of high school football referees on strike, Stiles updates our government employee salary app to include 20 more public agencies, Philpott on where the candidates in HD-52 stand on fast growth, Galbraith on damage to Texas roads caused by heavy truck traffic, Grissom interviews the first Hispanic sheriff of Harris County and my one-hour sit-downs with Rick Perry and Bill White: The best of our best from October 18 to 22, 2010.