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 ...

Efforts to Divert Border Security Funding Mostly Fall Flat

State Rep. Dennis Bonnen, R-Angleton, confers with State Rep. John Otto, R-Dayton, during a point of order called on House Bill 11 on March 18, 2015.
State Rep. Dennis Bonnen, R-Angleton, confers with State Rep. John Otto, R-Dayton, during a point of order called on House Bill 11 on March 18, 2015.

House Democrats tried – and mostly failed – to divert funds allotted for border security and the Texas Department of Public Safety to other departments during Tuesday’s budget debate. But the rancor over immigration enforcement that many expected didn’t materialize after lawmakers agreed to pull down amendments.

 

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (left) and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (right) hold a news conference Saturday in Houston. Abbott and Walker, a likely 2016 presidential candidate, discussed their recent tour of the U.S.-Mexico border.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (left) and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (right) hold a news conference Saturday in Houston. Abbott and Walker, a likely 2016 presidential candidate, discussed their recent tour of the U.S.-Mexico border.

Walker Denies Reversing Position on Immigration

At a Houston press conference Saturday, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a likely 2016 presidential candidate, emphatically denied he recently shifted his stance on illegal immigration, emphasizing he does not believe solving the problem involves a pathway to citizenship. 

State Rep. Dennis Bonnen, R-Angleton, confers with State Rep. John Otto, R-Dayton, during a point of order called on House Bill 11 on March 18, 2015.
State Rep. Dennis Bonnen, R-Angleton, confers with State Rep. John Otto, R-Dayton, during a point of order called on House Bill 11 on March 18, 2015.

House Gives Tentative OK to Broad Border Security Bill

Texas House members overwhelmingly gave tentative approval to a sweeping border-security measure on Wednesday that would increase the number of state troopers on the border and establish a catchall intelligence center in Hidalgo County. 

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.

Texas Urged to Crack Down on Employers That Misclassify Workers

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.

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.