Tribpedia: Texas Border Coalition

The Texas Border Coalition is an advocacy group composed  of mayors, county judges, city council members, and community and business leaders from the Texas-Mexico border. Del Rio Mayer Efrain Valdez is the current chairman.

The coalition focuses on issues that include education, unemployment, healthcare, immigration, border security, international trade and transportation. During the 2009 legislative session, it lobbied the Texas ...

Compassion, Tempered by a Broken System

Gov. Rick Perry has been outspoken in his frustration with the immigration system, Julián Aguilar writes. Perry says the system is broken and puts state lawmakers on the spot in deciding how to help Texans brought to the country illegally as children through no fault of their own. Critics say his compassion toward the undocumented population has waned since he took office.

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

Texans Voice Praise, Concerns Over Immigration Plan

A day before President Barack Obama is scheduled to deliver his first in a series of public comments on immigration and his push for national reform; eight senators unveiled their own plan for an overhaul of the country’s immigration system. Reaction stemmed from praise to concern over the plan’s border-security component.

Groups Allege Proposed Budget Harms Trade, Immigrants

Immigrant rights groups and border business leaders are balking at the White House's proposed 2013 budget, claiming it is business as usual. The Texas Border Coalition insists that the administration's lack of money for port improvements puts trade and security in peril. And rights groups are taking issue with the Secure Communities program.