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 ...
Rio Grande City Mayor Ruben Villarreal is among the few public officials on the border welcoming the presence of National Guard troops to deal with the surge of illegal immigration. The small town's leader says the extra manpower will allow police to focus on local problems.Full Story
A convoy of anti-illegal immigration activists made it to McAllen on Friday for a rally at the city’s municipal bus station. Their visit comes as the Department of Homeland Security says the number of unaccompanied minors and adults with children apprehended on the southern border has dropped significantly.Full Story
Texas' immigration woes have held the spotlight for weeks, but the breadth of the state's approach to border security is just now coming into focus.Full Story
A representative from Gov. Rick Perry’s office pushed back Tuesday against criticism that the governor overreached in funding the deployment of Texas National Guard troops to the border. Perry's deputy chief of staff said the office made the best choice possible in an emergency situation.Full Story
When Congress adjourned last week without passing a border security bill to pay for additional operations, it also left local governments without an avenue to be reimbursed for millions spent during the border crisis. Now, some border communities are hoping the president will use executive authority to reimburse local taxpayers.Full Story
Some Texas lawmakers are questioning Gov. Rick Perry’s decision to tap $38 million in unused Texas Department of Public Safety funds to pay for the emergency deployment of the Texas National Guard to the U.S.-Mexico border. Perry is citing a provision in the budget that allows him to tap unexpended funds for emergencies without using the more typical “execution authority” of the Legislative Budget Board.Full Story
On this week's edition of WFAA-TV's Inside Texas Politics, I talked with host Shelly Slater and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Bud Kennedy about Michael Quinn Sullivan, the arrest of John Wiley Price, the deployment of 1,ooo National Guard troops and more.Full Story
This week's special edition of The Playlist features song selections by the reporters who wrote the stories.Full Story
This week in the Texas Weekly Newsreel: Texas will send 1,000 National Guard troops to the border, the state delays change to teacher evaluations and the number of abortions in the state has dropped.Full Story
Gov. Rick Perry’s office said on Tuesday that because of the illegal immigration surge on the southern border, the planned multi-day binational border governors’ conference will be scaled back to only a dinner with the elected officials.Full Story
As attention centers on the thousands of unaccompanied minors crossing the Texas-Mexico border, activists in the Rio Grande Valley are working hard to ensure that their ongoing campaigns continue to gain traction after the current crisis subsides.Full Story
As the recent surge of Central Americans entering the country illegally through Texas’ border with Mexico has drawn national attention, it has also become a major talking point for the 2014 candidates for lieutenant governor. Political observers see advantages for each candidate in the debate.Full Story
Jose Antonio Vargas, the country's most high-profile undocumented immigrant, was detained by Border Patrol officials in McAllen on Tuesday. Now all eyes are on the federal government, which must decide whether to begin deportation proceedings or let Vargas stay.Full Story
Proposed legislation to address the surge of unaccompanied Central American children crossing into the U.S. is dividing Texas’ border lawmakers, with one congressman warning that the bill would send thousands of youths to back into the treacherous conditions they had fled.
The governor is coming to the end of his 14-year reign at the top of state governor, but Rick Perry is not showing the normal tendencies of a political short-timer. He was center stage on the national and state levels last week, in parleys with the president on border matters and, through his appointees, forcing changes at the University of Texas.Full Story
Immigration rights’ groups began a three-day vigil in McAllen on Thursday in support of the thousands of unaccompanied and undocumented Central American children in Texas detention centers. The activism has some concerned for the migrants' safety.
Humanitarian relief efforts in McAllen will cost local governments more than $1.1 million by the end of the year, officials said on Thursday. Law enforcement officials also praised the state security surge that began last month.Full Story
Texas border Democrats are pushing back against Republicans who have said that current White House policies are responsible for the swell of Central American migrants breaching the U.S.-Mexico border.