Tribpedia: Sanctuary Cities

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The term "sanctuary city" has no legal meaning, but it's become a rallying cry for many with concerns about illegal immigration.

It generally refers to municipalities that have established policies prohibiting police officers from enforcing immigration laws or cooperating with federal immigration officials.

Texas law states that police officers generally cannot arrest people without probable cause of a crime ...

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Cracks have formed in the asphalt on Bayou Wood Circle near County Road 687 south of Angleton, Texas Tuesday Aug, 2, 2011.
Cracks have formed in the asphalt on Bayou Wood Circle near County Road 687 south of Angleton, Texas Tuesday Aug, 2, 2011.

Pay to Pave

Texas Weekly

More energy producers are making "donations" to the Texas Department of Transportation to fix roads torn up by gas well operations. Pressure is growing on the Legislature to address the problem.

Julián Aguilar, Ben Philpott, Emily Ramshaw and Reeve Hamilton talk at KUT's Views and Brews for the Tribune's Tribcast on April 24, 2012.
Julián Aguilar, Ben Philpott, Emily Ramshaw and Reeve Hamilton talk at KUT's Views and Brews for the Tribune's Tribcast on April 24, 2012.

The Weekly TribCast: Episode 129

In this week's special edition of the Tribcast, taped live before an audience at the historic Cactus Cafe, Reeve, Emily, Julian and Ben talk about Texas primaries, the Supreme Court taking up the Arizona immigration law and The Colbert Report.

Immigration protest at Texas Capitol. February 22nd, 2011
Immigration protest at Texas Capitol. February 22nd, 2011

Jury Still Out on Local Immigration Enforcement

Wednesday’s court ruling that the city of Farmers Branch does not have the authority to enact immigration legislation is being hailed as a major victory for immigrants in Texas. But attorneys caution that the decision hardly means all state and local ordinances are dead on arrival. 

Claudia Kolker: The TT Interview

The contributing editor for the Houston Chronicle on her book, The Immigrant Advantage, which chronicles several practices that first-generation immigrants bring to the United States. They are practices, Kolker explains, that could benefit families who have lived in the U.S. for generations.

Planned Parenthood clinical assistant Nicki Bailey discusses the new abortion laws with a patient in Austin.
Planned Parenthood clinical assistant Nicki Bailey discusses the new abortion laws with a patient in Austin.

Komen Drops Support of Planned Parenthood

The Dallas-based breast cancer prevention group Susan G. Komen for the Cure has halted its financial support of Planned Parenthood, yet another blow to the family planning organization that provides abortions in some of its clinics. 

Gov. Rick Perry takes a question at the Black Hawk County Republican Party's Lincoln Day Dinner in Waterloo, Iowa, on Aug. 14, 2011.
Gov. Rick Perry takes a question at the Black Hawk County Republican Party's Lincoln Day Dinner in Waterloo, Iowa, on Aug. 14, 2011.

Updated: Tea Party Presses Perry on Immigration

Tea Party activists are promising to hold Rick Perry's feet to fire over illegal immigration. A group of them will stage a news conference at the Texas Capitol Monday urging the governor to enact a ban on so-called “sanctuary cities.”

State Sen. José Rodríguez, D-El Paso, on June 26, 2010, at the Texas Democratic Convention in Corpus Christi.
State Sen. José Rodríguez, D-El Paso, on June 26, 2010, at the Texas Democratic Convention in Corpus Christi.

José Rodríguez: The TT Interview

The first-term state senator on being outgunned by Republicans during the legislative session, what the Democrats accomplished, whether legalizing drugs is a good idea and how he thinks Gov. Rick Perry will do in 2012.

President Barack Obama gestures to the audience at a fundraiser at Austin City Limits Live on May 10, 2011.
President Barack Obama gestures to the audience at a fundraiser at Austin City Limits Live on May 10, 2011.

Obama on Immigration Reform: "Blame Republicans"

President Obama today blamed Republicans for his administration’s failure to pass comprehensive immigration reform, saying several conservative lawmakers that once supported the measure have since succumbed to political pressure.

TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 7/18/11

Ramshaw on the lioness of the Texas House, Dehn and Tan review 20 years of Rick Perry's political ads, Murphy's latest database includes the governor's political accounts over the last decade, Aaronson's visualizations of what was said in the biggest legislative debates, M. Smith on the woman in the middle chair at the State Board of Education, Galbraith on how the drought is forcing ranchers to sell their herds, Grissom has the story on a cattle rustler who's asking the courts to give him an old-fashioned sentence, Hamilton covers Rick O'Donnell's latest salvo at higher education,  Aguilar on whether and how the sanctuary cities issue will translate at the ballot box next year, yours truly on Ron Paul's candidacy and the candidate in his own words: The best of our best from July 18 to 22, 2011.

Protesters march down Congress avenue towards to the Capitol for the Immigration rally on Feb 22, 2010.
Protesters march down Congress avenue towards to the Capitol for the Immigration rally on Feb 22, 2010.

Perry and Latinos Coexist Uneasily in Politics

Gov. Rick Perry position on "sanctuary cities" wasn't popular with hundreds of Latino officials in San Antonio recently. But his record of job creation and his business-friendly approach may cause some to look beyond his anti-immigrant rhetoric if he decides to seek the White House.

Protesters with American flags line the hallway outside the Senate chamber protesting HB12 the so-called "sanctuary cities" bill on May 25, 2011.
Protesters with American flags line the hallway outside the Senate chamber protesting HB12 the so-called "sanctuary cities" bill on May 25, 2011.

A Rare Win for Democrats

Texas Weekly

Call it the biggest consolation prize in recent history of the state legislature. Democrats, outnumbered in both chambers, actually won the battle over immigration after losing out to the Republican supermajority on abortion and Voter ID legislation and deep cuts to public services, mainly health care and education.

House Speaker Joe Straus (l), R-San Antonio, adjourns the House of Representatives sine die on June 29, 2011.
House Speaker Joe Straus (l), R-San Antonio, adjourns the House of Representatives sine die on June 29, 2011.

Sine Die Report: What Survived, What Died

The Trib's been keeping track of the key issues throughout the special session. From budget measures to school finance, health care and airport groping, here's our final rundown of bills that passed, and the ones that died. 



Texas Gov. Rick Perry blows a kiss to his Secretary of State Hope Andrade (not shown) during his speech to the National Assn. of Latino Elected Officials (NALEO) in San Antonio on June 23, 2011.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry blows a kiss to his Secretary of State Hope Andrade (not shown) during his speech to the National Assn. of Latino Elected Officials (NALEO) in San Antonio on June 23, 2011.

Rick Perry: Deft Leader or Teflon Governor?

Conservatives — even some who aren't happy with the session's outcomes — generally praise Gov. Rick Perry. He's got a knack for keeping the factions in the party happy, or at least subdued in their criticism. Attribute it to a Teflon coating, to his decisive win in a divided primary last year, or to luck, but Perry is coming out of the legislative session without many bruises.

Former state Sen. Robert Duncan, R-Lubbock, shown in 2011, took the reins as chancellor of the Texas Tech University System in 2014.
Former state Sen. Robert Duncan, R-Lubbock, shown in 2011, took the reins as chancellor of the Texas Tech University System in 2014.

Updated: The Sanctuary Cities Blame Game

Gov. Rick Perry and House Speaker Joe Straus have released statements blaming the death of sanctuary cities on Sen. Robert Duncan and the full Senate, respectively. Now, the Senate's Republicans are returning the favor.