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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Charity Group Backs Private Company in Immigrant Smuggling Case

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.

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.

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.