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 ...

Texas Urged to Crack Down on Employers That Misclassify Workers

Construction workers attend a February 2015 rally at the Texas Capitol during the Workers Defense Project's Day of the Fallen, which honors workers who died on the job.
Construction workers attend a February 2015 rally at the Texas Capitol during the Workers Defense Project's Day of the Fallen, which honors workers who died on the job.

Skirting tax laws and knowingly hiring unauthorized workers are common practices in Texas, especially in the state's construction industry. Lawmakers and workers' rights groups are trying again to target companies that misclassify workers.

Rally for Immigration Reform walked up Congress Ave. towards the Texas Capitol on February 22nd, 2013
Rally for Immigration Reform walked up Congress Ave. towards the Texas Capitol on February 22nd, 2013

Lawmaker Wants to Know Immigration Impact

For all the legislative debate about border security and immigration, it's been nine years since anyone comprehensively studied the economic impact of undocumented Texans. A border lawmaker wants to fill that information vacuum.

A cheerful Gov. Greg Abbott predicts that any challenge to Judge Andrew S. Hanen's recent amnesty ruling will be rejected on appeal at a Texas Capitol press conference on Feb. 18, 2015.
A cheerful Gov. Greg Abbott predicts that any challenge to Judge Andrew S. Hanen's recent amnesty ruling will be rejected on appeal at a Texas Capitol press conference on Feb. 18, 2015.

State Accuses Obama Administration of Misleading Judge

Attorneys for the state of Texas say the Obama administration started granting work permits to undocumented immigrants before it said it would, and misled a federal judge about it. They're demanding more details.

Three of 44 Department of Public Safety troopers graduating from cadet training pause for prayer on April 7, 2011
Three of 44 Department of Public Safety troopers graduating from cadet training pause for prayer on April 7, 2011

Funding for More DPS Border Officers Gets Tentative OK

The House Appropriations Committee on Thursday tentatively approved $105 million in funding for several DPS troopers, but not before some border lawmakers on the panel questioned how the DPS would prove the money is being spent wisely.

U.S. Border Patrol agents patrolling in the Rio Grande Valley.
U.S. Border Patrol agents patrolling in the Rio Grande Valley.

Congress Fully Funds Homeland Security

The 8,900 U.S. Border Patrol agents stationed on Texas’ border with Mexico can clock in next week knowing they’re still going to get paid after Congress Tuesday voted to fund the Department of Homeland Security through September.

Former Gov. Rick Perry during a press conference with his legal team on Jan. 28, 2015.
Former Gov. Rick Perry during a press conference with his legal team on Jan. 28, 2015.

No Agency Tasked With Enforcing Perry's E-Verify Order

State agencies are operating on the honor system when it comes to former Gov. Rick Perry's December mandate that they use E-Verify to certify their workers are in the country legally. Two months after his order, there isn't a state office tasked with enforcing it.

From left, immigration rights activists Manuel Ramirez, Lucian Villasenor and Adrian Orozco protest President Obama's Civil Rights Summit speech at the University of Texas in 2014, challenging the president's dedication to civil rights.
From left, immigration rights activists Manuel Ramirez, Lucian Villasenor and Adrian Orozco protest President Obama's Civil Rights Summit speech at the University of Texas in 2014, challenging the president's dedication to civil rights.

Feds Appeal Ruling on Obama Immigration Order

The Obama administration on Monday filed an appeal of last week’s ruling by a Texas judge that halted the president's immigration order, which would have given up to 5 million undocumented immigrants a temporary reprieve from deportation. The U.S. government also requested that a federal judge let the program continue as the appeals process plays out.

Texas Tribune Executive Editor Ross Ramsey on Inside Texas Politics on Feb. 22, 2015.
Texas Tribune Executive Editor Ross Ramsey on Inside Texas Politics on Feb. 22, 2015.

Inside Texas Politics: Gay Marriage and Immigration

On this week's edition of WFAA-TV's Inside Texas Politics, talk turns to some state Republicans' rhetoric after recent gay marriage and immigration rulings — will their celebrations now make them seem out of touch in the future?

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, Gov. Greg Abbott, Attorney General Ken Paxton and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick praise a judge's ruling against Obama's immigration program at a Capitol press conference on Feb. 18, 2015.
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, Gov. Greg Abbott, Attorney General Ken Paxton and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick praise a judge's ruling against Obama's immigration program at a Capitol press conference on Feb. 18, 2015.

Texas Leaders Say State Will Win Immigration Case

At a celebratory press conference Wednesday, Greg AbbottTed CruzKen Paxton and Dan Patrick hailed a federal judge's ruling to block President Obama's immigration plans, and confidently predicted that Texas will keep winning on appeal.

Immigration reform protesters walked up Congress Avenue toward the Texas Capitol on Feb. 22, 2013.
Immigration reform protesters walked up Congress Avenue toward the Texas Capitol on Feb. 22, 2013.

Immigration Attorneys, Feds Mull Options After Ruling

Texas immigration attorneys are telling their clients not to panic following a federal court ruling that temporarily halted President Obama’s November executive action, which would've granted deportation relief and a work permit to up to 5 million undocumented immigrants.

 

 

President Barack Obama speaking in Austin on Thursday, May 9, 2013.
President Barack Obama speaking in Austin on Thursday, May 9, 2013.

Judge Halts Obama's Immigration Order

Gov. Greg Abbott hailed a federal judge's decision Monday to halt President Obama’s executive action on immigration — a decision that gave the state of Texas an initial victory in its battle against what state leaders call federal overreach. On Tuesday, the White House stood by the president's order and announced its intent to appeal.