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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 ...

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In CD-23, Advantages Are Seen for Both Gallego and Hurd

U.S. Rep. Pete Gallego (left), an Alpine Democrat, is facing a challenge from Will Hurd, a former CIA agent, in the race to represent the 23rd Congressional District.
U.S. Rep. Pete Gallego (left), an Alpine Democrat, is facing a challenge from Will Hurd, a former CIA agent, in the race to represent the 23rd Congressional District.

U.S. Rep. Pete Gallego, D-Alpine, is facing a challenge from former CIA agent Will Hurd, a Republican. The contest is considered a toss-up, with immigration and border security likely to be key issues in the border district.

Attorney General Greg Abbott speaks to press after voting in the primary on March 4th, 2014 at South Austin church. Abbott is running for the Republican nomination for Governor of Texas
Attorney General Greg Abbott speaks to press after voting in the primary on March 4th, 2014 at South Austin church. Abbott is running for the Republican nomination for Governor of Texas

Abbott Asks Feds for $30 Million for Emergency Border Operation

Saying the U.S. Border Patrol is overwhelmed by an influx of minors crossing the border illegally, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has asked the Obama administration for $30 million for state-based border security operations.

The atrium of the Fort Worth Convention Center, site of the Texas Republican Convention on June 5, 2014.
The atrium of the Fort Worth Convention Center, site of the Texas Republican Convention on June 5, 2014.

GOP Poised For Lively Floor Debate at State Convention

As they enter the final day of the Texas GOP convention, about 10,000 delegates are set to adopt the state party’s stance on a slew of issues. Republican delegates are set to debate key voting issues among conservatives — immigration and homosexuality — when they vote Saturday on the state Republican Party platform.

Deferred action recipients can get a two-year reprieve from deportation proceedings and a work permit. Undocumented immigrants who have lived in the country for at least five straight years, are in school or have graduated from high school or have obtained a GED, or are honorably discharged from the military, may apply.
Deferred action recipients can get a two-year reprieve from deportation proceedings and a work permit. Undocumented immigrants who have lived in the country for at least five straight years, are in school or have graduated from high school or have obtained a GED, or are honorably discharged from the military, may apply.

USCIS Sets Instructions for Deferred Action Renewals

UPDATED: Two years after President Obama announced his executive decision on deferred action, benficiaries are nothing the anniversary with gratitude and trepidation. And they now have instructions on renewing their status.

Debate over the immigration plank of the Republican Party of Texas' platform will be a key part of the GOP's convention in Fort Worth from June 5-7, 2014.
Debate over the immigration plank of the Republican Party of Texas' platform will be a key part of the GOP's convention in Fort Worth from June 5-7, 2014.

Immigration to Be Key Topic at Texas GOP Convention

With the long and contentious 2014 primary season over in Texas, it's state party convention time. And as Texas Republicans meet this week in Fort Worth to work on their party platform, immigration is set to be a key point of discussion.

 

BorderPlex CEO Rolando Pablos,U.S. Sen. John Cornyn and El Paso Mayor Oscar Leeser.
BorderPlex CEO Rolando Pablos,U.S. Sen. John Cornyn and El Paso Mayor Oscar Leeser.

Cornyn Tours Ciudad Juárez in Low-Key Trip to Mexico

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn made his first-ever trip to Ciudad Juárez on Friday and said he felt safe in the border city. He said that was partially due to U.S. help in the war-plagued country. He also told reporters afterward that the U.S. shares responsibility for the violence in Mexico but stopped short of blaming U.S. gun laws. 

A number of Mexican nationals are in the United States on treaty investor visas, which allow them to operate businesses here. Some are taking issue with recent changes to the requirements on renewing those visas.
A number of Mexican nationals are in the United States on treaty investor visas, which allow them to operate businesses here. Some are taking issue with recent changes to the requirements on renewing those visas.

Changes to Specialized Visas Could Impact Border Cities

Treaty investor visas allow foreign nationals to live and work in the U.S. if they make substantial investments here. Some visa holders are crying foul over new renewal requirements, and some advocates worry the changes could impact some border cities' economies.

Eloisa Tamez stands near the border fence built on land formerly owned by her family.
Eloisa Tamez stands near the border fence built on land formerly owned by her family.

Indigenous Texans Want UN Support Against Border Fence

Although the controversy over the U.S. border fence has been swirling for years, a Native American tribe has added a new layer to the debate. Its members allege the barrier is discriminatory toward Lipan Apaches, who have had to give up some tribal land to accommodate the wall. 

Soldiers ride on a street in Miguel Aleman, a city in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas, in 2010.
Soldiers ride on a street in Miguel Aleman, a city in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas, in 2010.

Vela Urges U.S. Support for Mexican Security Plan

As Mexico plans to deploy federal forces to a border state to quell a rash of violence there, U.S. Rep. Filemon Vela says a U.S. endorsement will help the strategy succeed. But analysts have some serious concerns about the strategy. Vela says there's no perfect solution but that the status quo cannot stand.

Dream Act supporters outside of the W hotel at President Obama's fundraiser on May 10, 2011.
Dream Act supporters outside of the W hotel at President Obama's fundraiser on May 10, 2011.

Is Easy Resolution on In-State Tuition a GOP Dream?

As Rick Perry hedges that he could yet again seek a presidential nomination, and the issue of in-state tuition for illegal immigrants continues to arise in GOP primary races, polling results help illustrate the challenges the issue poses for candidates. 

 

Demonstrators march through the streets of downtown Dallas in 2010 to protest the passage of Arizona's controversial new immigration law.
Demonstrators march through the streets of downtown Dallas in 2010 to protest the passage of Arizona's controversial new immigration law.

Charity Group Backs Private Company in Immigrant Smuggling Case

A Catholic philanthropic organization has thrown its support behind a mining company and one of its employees who are being sued after three undocumented immigrants were killed during an incursion onto private property in Brooks County.

U.S. Border Patrol agents say that illegal traffic on public and private land in the Rio Grande Valley has triggered the need for additional resources in the region this year.
U.S. Border Patrol agents say that illegal traffic on public and private land in the Rio Grande Valley has triggered the need for additional resources in the region this year.

U.S. Border Patrol Agents Ramp Up Efforts in Valley

U.S. Border Patrol agents say the illegal traffic on public and private land in the Rio Grande Valley has triggered the need for additional resources in the region. In response, an influx of agents from California, Arizona and Laredo have arrived in the area.

Mayor Julian Castro and former Governor of Mississippi Haley Barbour, speak to media during the Civil Rights Summit on April 8th, 2014
Mayor Julian Castro and former Governor of Mississippi Haley Barbour, speak to media during the Civil Rights Summit on April 8th, 2014

In Austin, Castro, Barbour Call for Immigration Reform

At the Civil Rights Summit in Austin, Democratic San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro and former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, a Republican, both expressed optimism on Tuesday that Congress could pass comprehensive immigration reform this year.

Rolando Pablos
Rolando Pablos

Rolando Pablos: The TT Interview

The CEO of the Borderplex Alliance on what El Paso needs to do to shed its reputation as a hub for low-skilled and low-wage industries, why he thinks the war in Ciudad Juárez is officially over and his thoughts on immigration reform.

Spending on Detained Immigrants Fell in 2013

The cost of housing undocumented immigrants in Texas county jails dropped by more than $6 million in 2013, according to data from the Texas Commission on Jail Standards. The annual costs were about $77 million. Use this interactive to explore trends in detentions of undocumented immigrants in county jails statewide.

Texas PAC Funding Ad on Anti-Immigrant GOP Rhetoric

A political action committee funded by former state Rep. Domingo Garcia, D-Dallas, will begin airing a TV ad Saturday decrying anti-immigrant rhetoric in this year's Republican primaries.

The ad, from Garcia's New American PAC, will air Saturday through Tuesday in the state's four biggest media markets — Houston, Austin, Dallas and San Antonio — according to Garcia, who ran for Congress in 2012.

"It’s a rebuttal to the Republican attack ads coming from various statewide candidates who are using immigrants as political scapegoats," Garcia said. "It’s fearmongering at its worst, and it’s something you would expect maybe in Arizona, but not in Texas, which has a rich history of communities working together."

Garcia said he was particularly concerned about the rhetoric in the Republican primaries for lieutenant governor and agriculture commissioner, though the ad includes appears to single out state Rep. Dan Branch, R-Dallas, who is running for attorney general, by showing footage of an ad in which Branch voices opposition to amnesty.

Illegal immigration has been a hot topic in several Republican primary races this year. Comments by some of the candidates have fueled concern among Republican groups hoping to increase their party's appeal to Hispanic voters.