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 ...

Lawsuit Aims to Prevent Licensing of Detention Centers

An immigration reform rally at the Texas Capitol on Feb. 22, 2013.
An immigration reform rally at the Texas Capitol on Feb. 22, 2013.

A coalition of immigrants’ rights and civil liberties groups have filed suit claiming Texas hastily created a new type of state license that might allow two controversial detention centers for illegal immigrants to remain open despite a federal judge's ruling. 

Texas DPS Director Steve McCraw speaks to State Rep. Garnet Coleman, chair of the House Committee on County Affairs during a hearing on July 30, 2015
Texas DPS Director Steve McCraw speaks to State Rep. Garnet Coleman, chair of the House Committee on County Affairs during a hearing on July 30, 2015

DPS Chief Calls Harassment Claims "Garbage"

The director of the Texas Department of Public Safety on Thursday said it was absurd that some border residents claim state troopers are harassing residents during the ongoing border surge in the Rio Grande Valley.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents at a processing facility in Brownsville on June 18, 2014.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents at a processing facility in Brownsville on June 18, 2014.

Union Chief: Send 5,000 More Border Patrol Agents

Outgunned and outmanned, the U.S. needs at least 5,000 more agents on the southern border, according to the chief of the Border Patrol union. But civil rights groups fear a hiring surge could lead to less oversight and more abuse by federal agents. 

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins during "All Transportation is Local," part of The Texas Tribune Transportation Symposium on Oct. 17, 2013.
Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins during "All Transportation is Local," part of The Texas Tribune Transportation Symposium on Oct. 17, 2013.

County Judge Asks State to Resolve Birth Certificate Issue

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins has asked the Department of State Health Services to resolve a controversial birth certificate policy the Democrat said could adversely affect North Texas students’ ability to enroll in school later this month. 

Secretary of Foreign Affairs of Mexico José Antonio Meade Kuribreña and Gov. Greg Abbott at the Governor's Mansion on July 9, 2015
Secretary of Foreign Affairs of Mexico José Antonio Meade Kuribreña and Gov. Greg Abbott at the Governor's Mansion on July 9, 2015

Mexican Official: Border Security a "Shared Responsibility"

José Antonio Meade Kuribreña, Mexico's secretary of foreign affairs, talks about the relationship between Mexico and Texas, border security, and whether Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto's security plan is working. 

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.

Texas Wants Another Win Against Obama's Immigration Plan

Attorneys for the Obama administration will try again on Friday to persuade a three-judge panel of the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans to let a controversial immigration policy take effect. The policy would have shielded the bulk of Texas' 1.6 million undocumented immigrants from deportation.

 

Supporters of LGBT asylum-seekers rally at a church in Austin.
Supporters of LGBT asylum-seekers rally at a church in Austin.

Advocates Call for Release of Some LGBT Asylum-Seekers

A growing number of asylum-seekers are asking for safe haven based on a factor that isn't usually associated with a need to flee one's homeland: gender identity. In the days before the Supreme Court ruled in a landmark gay marriage case, immigrant rights groups were drawing attention to the plight of LGBT immigrants.

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.

Feds to Curtail Use of Family Detention Centers

U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson announced Wednesday that families that enter the country illegally to seek asylum will no longer be detained after they’ve established a legitimate claim for relief.

UT/TT Poll: Texans Divided on Gay Marriage

Texas voters remain divided over a question — should same-sex couples be allowed to marry? — now pending before the U.S. Supreme Court, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll. Their answers are clearer on reducing penalties for possession of marijuana and restricting judicial bypasses to parental consent for minors seeking abortions.