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 ...

Immigration Attorneys, Feds Mull Options After Ruling

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.

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.

 

 

 

Attorney General Greg Abbott speaking on Dec. 3, 2014, about the lawsuit filed by Texas and other states against the Obama administration over immigration policy.
Attorney General Greg Abbott speaking on Dec. 3, 2014, about the lawsuit filed by Texas and other states against the Obama administration over immigration policy.

Judge Hears Arguments in Immigration Policy Case

UPDATED: A judge heard arguments Thursday on a request to halt a White House immigration policy that could affect hundreds of thousands of Texans living in the country illegally. The judge did not indicate when he would make a ruling.

International Bridge 1, for passenger vehicles and pedestrians, in Laredo.
International Bridge 1, for passenger vehicles and pedestrians, in Laredo.

Attempts to Dupe Immigration Agents on the Rise

Instead of trusting human smugglers or risking clandestine border crossings, an increasing number of people trying to enter the U.S. illegally are taking a more brazen approach. They try to slip through legal entry points using fake papers, or documents that belong to someone else. 

Compassion, Tempered by a Broken System

Gov. Rick Perry has been outspoken in his frustration with the immigration system, Julián Aguilar writes. Perry says the system is broken and puts state lawmakers on the spot in deciding how to help Texans brought to the country illegally as children through no fault of their own. Critics say his compassion toward the undocumented population has waned since he took office.

A temporary immigrant shelter set up last summer has seen Christmas arrive, and the people are still coming.
A temporary immigrant shelter set up last summer has seen Christmas arrive, and the people are still coming.

Church Volunteers Say Immigrant Surge Will Continue

The news crews have drifted away, and the national spotlight has turned elsewhere. But Central American immigrants continue to cross illegally into Texas, and their numbers seem to be growing again. Border officials and charities expect their humanitarian efforts to continue into the foreseeable future.

Laredo has become the state's 10th-largest city, but it grapples with a reputation for corruption, crime and poverty.
Laredo has become the state's 10th-largest city, but it grapples with a reputation for corruption, crime and poverty.

New Leaders Hope to Burnish Laredo's Image

After eight years of growth, change and public corruption scandals, new leaders in Laredo and Webb County are greeting 2015 with a sense of optimism. But they acknowledge that improving the area's reputation will be a challenge.

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.

El Paso ID Program Aims to Aid Undocumented

A standardized ID would afford the homeless, indigent and disabled access to city services, and help undocumented immigrants prove they qualify for relief from deportation under the president's recently announced executive action, an immigrant rights group says.

Attorney General Greg Abbott indicates his willingness to sue President Obama on immigration during a press conference Nov. 24, 2014.
Attorney General Greg Abbott indicates his willingness to sue President Obama on immigration during a press conference Nov. 24, 2014.

Abbott Takes Lead in Immigration Challenge

In his 31st lawsuit against the Obama administration, Gov.-elect Greg Abbott leads Texas and 16 other states challenging new protections for up to 5 million undocumented immigrants.

Governor-elect and AG Greg Abbott speaks on Obama's recent executive order during a press event on Nov. 24, 2014.
Governor-elect and AG Greg Abbott speaks on Obama's recent executive order during a press event on Nov. 24, 2014.

Abbott: Immigration Lawsuit Could Come in Two Weeks

A state lawsuit challenging President Obama’s executive order shielding as many as 5 million undocumented immigrants from deportation could come from Texas in the next two weeks, Gov.-elect Greg Abbott said during a Monday press conference. 

 

Greg Abbott talks to reporters at the Texas Capitol on Nov. 5, 2014, the day after he was elected governor.
Greg Abbott talks to reporters at the Texas Capitol on Nov. 5, 2014, the day after he was elected governor.

Abbott: Obama's Order Violates Constitution

Minutes after President Obama doubled down on his promise to change the country’s immigration system through executive action, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott made a vow of his own: Expect a lawsuit from Texas. But some legal experts doubt that Abbott, the governor-elect, can successfully challenge the president's order, which he says he plans to do in federal court.