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 ...

Protestors left their signs on the fence surrounding the South Texas Family Residential Center near Dilley, Texas on May 2, 2015.
Protestors left their signs on the fence surrounding the South Texas Family Residential Center near Dilley, Texas on May 2, 2015.

Judge: No "Emergency" to License Detention Centers

The state of Texas can't claim an emergency to quickly grant licenses to two private detention centers holding undocumented immigrant families for the federal government, a state district judge has ruled, handing a victory to groups seeking better conditions for about 2,000 detained women and children.

Scott Keller, the Texas Solicitor General, speaks to reporters after delivering oral arguments before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in New Orleans.
Scott Keller, the Texas Solicitor General, speaks to reporters after delivering oral arguments before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in New Orleans.

State Wants More Time for Immigration Appeal

The Texas Attorney General’s office is asking the U.S. Supreme Court for an extra 30 days to respond to the Obama Administration's appeal of lower court rulings that have blocked controversial changes in immigration enforcement.

Group gathers at Wooldridge Park in Austin to protest Gov. Abbott's decision not to accept any refugees from Syria
Group gathers at Wooldridge Park in Austin to protest Gov. Abbott's decision not to accept any refugees from Syria

Analysis: Keeping Voters Happy Now — and Later

The terrorists attacked at a time when American political races are underway and people whose fates rise and fall with public sentiment look for ways to get some favorable attention. In real life, when someone is upset or worked up over something, you try to calm them down. Politicians reach for the gasoline.

 

Immigrants Protest Outside Governor's Mansion

Elected leaders and advocates for immigration reform staged a boisterous and sometimes angry protest Saturday outside the Texas Governor’s Mansion, where they called on Gov. Greg Abbott to meet with immigrant families and show more leniency to undocumented workers. Many of the protesters were part of a 37-mile "pilgrimage" from Williamson County to Austin.

Several pro-immigrant groups march through the Texas Capitol grounds on November 21, 2015
Several pro-immigrant groups march through the Texas Capitol grounds on November 21, 2015

Boisterous Immigration Protest At Governor's Mansion

Elected leaders and advocates for immigration reform staged a boisterous and sometimes angry protest Saturday outside the Texas Governor’s Mansion, where they called on Gov. Greg Abbott to meet with immigrant families and show more leniency to undocumented workers. 

Immigrants and activists begin a 37-mile march to Austin on Nov. 19, 2015 to show their support for immigration reform. The marchers planned to walk for three days, from the federal immigration detention facility in Taylor to the Texas Governor's Mansion in downtown Austin.
Immigrants and activists begin a 37-mile march to Austin on Nov. 19, 2015 to show their support for immigration reform. The marchers planned to walk for three days, from the federal immigration detention facility in Taylor to the Texas Governor's Mansion in downtown Austin.

On 37-Mile March, Immigrants Slam Abbott

Carrying placards, chanting in Spanish and calling for a halt to deportations of people without work papers, a few dozen immigrants and activists began their 37-mile “pilgrimage” Thursday from a federal detention facility to the Texas Governor’s Mansion.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump spoke during a rally at Beaumont's Ford Arena on Nov. 14, 2015.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump spoke during a rally at Beaumont's Ford Arena on Nov. 14, 2015.

Trump Ties Paris Attacks to Immigration Concerns

 Linking Friday's massacre in Paris to President Obama’s plan to accept Syrian refugees, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump told a cheering Southeast Texas crowd Saturday that U.S. immigration policy is lax on several fronts and that letting in Syrian refugees would pose a serious security risk.

Martin O'Malley.
Martin O'Malley.

In Austin, O'Malley Meets With Undocumented Immigrants

Calling Donald Trump’s immigration proposals “this close to ethnic cleansing” and criticizing Hillary Clinton for “speaking out of two sides of her mouth” on the issue, Democratic presidential candidate Martin O’Malley pushed hard on the need for immigration reform after eating lunch Thursday with a family of undocumented immigrants in Austin.

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 to Ask High Court to Consider Immigration Program

The Obama administration said Tuesday that it would ask the U.S. Supreme Court to consider a controversial immigration program the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals struck down on Monday. The Texas attorney general's office said it would be ready for the next round.

Scott Keller, the Texas Solicitor General, speaks to reporters after delivering oral arguments before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in New Orleans.
Scott Keller, the Texas Solicitor General, speaks to reporters after delivering oral arguments before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in New Orleans.

Fifth Circuit Strikes Down Immigration Program

A three-judge panel of the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals has once again ruled against the Obama administration’s controversial immigration program, upholding a lower court's injunction barring the plan from taking effect while awaiting the outcome of a full trial on the lawsuit's underlying arguments.

Detainees walk in a line at a U.S. Customs and Border Protection processing facility, Wednesday, June 18, 2014, in Brownsville. CBP provided media tours Wednesday at two locations in Brownsville and Nogales, Ariz., that have been central to processing the more than 47,000 unaccompanied children who have entered the country illegally since Oct. 1.
Detainees walk in a line at a U.S. Customs and Border Protection processing facility, Wednesday, June 18, 2014, in Brownsville. CBP provided media tours Wednesday at two locations in Brownsville and Nogales, Ariz., that have been central to processing the more than 47,000 unaccompanied children who have entered the country illegally since Oct. 1.

Cuellar: New Border Crossing Stats Don't Tell Whole Story

As the number of unaccompanied children apprehended on Texas’ southern border dropped by more than 40 percent in the 2015 fiscal year, a high-ranking border Democrat warns that the problem of illegal mass migration isn't close to being solved.  

Gov. Greg Abbott speaks to reporters at the Security Operations Center at the Department of Public Safety on May 12, 2015.
Gov. Greg Abbott speaks to reporters at the Security Operations Center at the Department of Public Safety on May 12, 2015.

Texas Activists Want Action on Immigration Issues

While activists push Democrats to go softer on immigrants in local jails, conservatives are pressing Gov. Greg Abbott to act now on reforms targeting "sanctuary" policies in cities and counties. They also want a wider implementation of E-Verify to crack down on employers who hire undocumented immigrants.