Tribpedia: Immigration

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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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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.

President Obama speaks to a crowd at the Austin Music Hall on July 17, 2012.
President Obama speaks to a crowd at the Austin Music Hall on July 17, 2012.

Immigration Reform Groups Urge Obama to Act Alone

GOP lawmakers say their mistrust of President Obama and his use of executive authority are stalling immigration reform in Congress. But even as Republicans seek to rein in the president's power, proponents of immigration reform are urging the president to keep using it to push through immigration changes.

Gutierrez, who is awaiting a hearing on his request for asylum in the U.S., stands in front of the Texas Capitol after his 12-day ride across the state. The focus of his journey was to raise awareness about the impunity for violent criminals in Mexico and to support his fellow asylum-seekers. What it isn’t, he said, is a protest of the U.S. government.
Gutierrez, who is awaiting a hearing on his request for asylum in the U.S., stands in front of the Texas Capitol after his 12-day ride across the state. The focus of his journey was to raise awareness about the impunity for violent criminals in Mexico and to support his fellow asylum-seekers. What it isn’t, he said, is a protest of the U.S. government.

Mexican Violence, Resolution Lead to Questions About U.S. Aid

In the wake of more violence and a resolution urging the U.S. to grant asylum to Mexicans, activists are urging lawmakers to review aid aimed at helping to end that country's drug war.

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

Polling Center: Major Issues, Poison Pills

Democratic and Republican voters favor many provisions of proposed immigration law reforms and of the Affordable Care Act. But the rhetorical emphasis on unpopular provisions of those policies have made them nonstarters with those same voters. It's hard to determine whether this is a case of voters leaving the politicians or the other way around, but polling suggests there is room for compromise.

Interstate 10 east of downtown in Houston, Dec. 6, 2011.
Interstate 10 east of downtown in Houston, Dec. 6, 2011.

Share of Foreign-Born Texans Growing

A growing percentage of Texans are originally from foreign countries, including one in four in the state’s most populous county, Harris, according to new census data. Over a five-year period ending in 2012, Texas had the nation’s seventh-highest share of foreign-born residents.

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

Immigration Reform Advocates Open to Piecemeal Approach

Steadfast supporters of comprehensive immigration reform say that to have a chance for any change in 2014, they may have to be content with legislation that only addresses some of their objectives. They add, however, that the end result matters more than how they get there.

Children who participate in an after school program in Ciudad Juárez dance to Beyoncé as part of their routine. The program is one of several Merida Initiative projects in this border city designed to help the city rebound.
Children who participate in an after school program in Ciudad Juárez dance to Beyoncé as part of their routine. The program is one of several Merida Initiative projects in this border city designed to help the city rebound.

Supporters of Mérida Cite Successes From Aid Package

The Mérida Initiative, a $1.5 billion U.S. aid package whose beneficiaries include Mexico, has faced its share of criticism. But in Ciudad Juárez, participants in social and educational programs that receive money through Mérida say they see direct evidence that the initiative is yielding positive results.

Twins, Nitza Alvarado Espinoza (black shirt) and Mitzi Alvarado Espinoza, with their sister Deisy, at a rally in Austin on November 9. The sisters started "Hijos de Desaparecidos" after their mom was kidnapped by the Mexican military in Chihuahua. They are currently in deportation proceedings but their attorney has filed a petition seeking a special-immigrant status since they were abandoned or orphaned.
Twins, Nitza Alvarado Espinoza (black shirt) and Mitzi Alvarado Espinoza, with their sister Deisy, at a rally in Austin on November 9. The sisters started "Hijos de Desaparecidos" after their mom was kidnapped by the Mexican military in Chihuahua. They are currently in deportation proceedings but their attorney has filed a petition seeking a special-immigrant status since they were abandoned or orphaned.

While Searching for Mom, Sisters Form Drug-War Support Group

In December 2009, the mother of twin sisters Mitzi and Nitza Alvarado Espinoza disappeared from their home in Mexico. Now exiled in El Paso, the two have formed a movement aimed at providing comfort to young victims of the drug war.