Tribpedia: Texas-Mexico Border

The Texas-Mexico border makes up 1,254 miles of the 1,900-mile-long U.S.-Mexico border. 

The vast, mostly rural expanse stretches from El Paso in the West to Brownsville in the Southeast and is delineated by the Rio Grande River.

Border communities in Texas are some of the poorest regions of the state and the nation. If Texas border ...

U.S. House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul visits with the press before his meeting with Gov. Greg Abbott at the Texas Capitol on Feb. 18, 2015.
U.S. House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul visits with the press before his meeting with Gov. Greg Abbott at the Texas Capitol on Feb. 18, 2015.

McCaul: "Absurd" to Think Guzmán Fled Without Inside Help

The Texan who is the U.S. House's top Republican on homeland security issued a scathing indictment of Mexican officials on Tuesday for letting Joaquin Guzmán, the world’s most notorious drug lord, tunnel out of a maximum-security prison.

A picture of Sinaloa drug cartel leader Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán Loera is released by Mexican law enforcement officials in February 2014 after Guzmán was captured.
A picture of Sinaloa drug cartel leader Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán Loera is released by Mexican law enforcement officials in February 2014 after Guzmán was captured.

Vela: Guzmán's Escape an Insult to U.S. Law Enforcement

The prison escape of Sinaloa cartel leader Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán is an affront to U.S. law enforcement, which has worked for years to build a case against the kingpin, a member of Texas' congressional delegation said Sunday.

 

 

Scott Keller, the Texas Solicitor General, speaks to reporters after delivering oral arguments before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in New Orleans.
Scott Keller, the Texas Solicitor General, speaks to reporters after delivering oral arguments before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in New Orleans.

Texas Wants Another Win Against Obama's Immigration Plan

Attorneys for the Obama administration will try again on Friday to persuade a three-judge panel of the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans to let a controversial immigration policy take effect. The policy would have shielded the bulk of Texas' 1.6 million undocumented immigrants from deportation.

 

Secretary of Foreign Affairs of Mexico José Antonio Meade Kuribreña and Gov. Greg Abbott at the Governor's Mansion on July 9, 2015
Secretary of Foreign Affairs of Mexico José Antonio Meade Kuribreña and Gov. Greg Abbott at the Governor's Mansion on July 9, 2015

Mexican Official: Border Security a "Shared Responsibility"

José Antonio Meade Kuribreña, Mexico's secretary of foreign affairs, talks about the relationship between Mexico and Texas, border security, and whether Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto's security plan is working. 

State Rep. Marisa Márquez, D-El Paso, who announced she will not seek reelection.
State Rep. Marisa Márquez, D-El Paso, who announced she will not seek reelection.

El Paso Democrat Márquez Bows Out

El Paso Democratic state Rep. Marisa Márquez will not seek reelection after four terms in the Texas House. She announced her retirement in a statement on her official website, saying she would remain an active figure in the state politics.

Supporters of LGBT asylum-seekers rally at a church in Austin.
Supporters of LGBT asylum-seekers rally at a church in Austin.

Advocates Call for Release of Some LGBT Asylum-Seekers

A growing number of asylum-seekers are asking for safe haven based on a factor that isn't usually associated with a need to flee one's homeland: gender identity. In the days before the Supreme Court ruled in a landmark gay marriage case, immigrant rights groups were drawing attention to the plight of LGBT immigrants.

The Catholic Charities shelter at Sacred Heart Church in McAllen has provided assistance to hundreds of displaced immigrants who have crossed the Texas-Mexico border.
The Catholic Charities shelter at Sacred Heart Church in McAllen has provided assistance to hundreds of displaced immigrants who have crossed the Texas-Mexico border.

Border Crossings Down; State Buildup Forges Ahead

The numbers of unaccompanied children and families illegally crossing the border into Texas have fallen dramatically since last summer's surge, but Gov. Greg Abbott says the state is still justified pumping about $800 million into beefing up border security.

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, holds a news conference Tuesday in Edinburg after a briefing with law enforcement officials. The 2016 presidential candidate was visiting the Rio Grande Valley for a fundraiser.
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, holds a news conference Tuesday in Edinburg after a briefing with law enforcement officials. The 2016 presidential candidate was visiting the Rio Grande Valley for a fundraiser.

Ted Cruz Goes Hunting in the Valley of Democrats

Long used to enrapturing friendly crowds in the reddest parts of beet-red Texas, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz came to the Rio Grande Valley on Tuesday with a less familiar task: finding a receptive audience in one of the state's few remaining Democratic bastions.

Gov. Greg Abbott celebrates the signing of House Bill 11 at a Texas Department of Public Safety facility in Harris County.
Gov. Greg Abbott celebrates the signing of House Bill 11 at a Texas Department of Public Safety facility in Harris County.

Abbott Signs Sweeping Border Security Bill

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday signed House bill 11, by state Rep. Dennis Bonnen, R-Angleton, capping off the final piece of a massive effort by lawmakers during the 84th Legislature to bolster the ranks of state police, increase technology, and establish intelligence operations units on the Texas-Mexico border.

New Federal Inspection Station encompassing Mexican and US Customs at Laredo International Airport, Tuesday, March 11, 2014.
New Federal Inspection Station encompassing Mexican and US Customs at Laredo International Airport, Tuesday, March 11, 2014.

Mexico Loosening Rules for Armed U.S. Agents

Texas lawmakers are celebrating news that Mexico will soon allow U.S. agents to carry guns while inspecting cargo on Mexican soil, which should help speed trade between the two countries. New gun rules may also mean better protection for foreign dignitaries who will be able to travel with their official security details.

Texas Association of Business CEO Bill Hammond, speaks in favor of HB 1403 which was passed in 2001 and grants all Texans in-state college tuition regardless of immigration status on April 13th, 2015
Texas Association of Business CEO Bill Hammond, speaks in favor of HB 1403 which was passed in 2001 and grants all Texans in-state college tuition regardless of immigration status on April 13th, 2015

Despite Early Momentum, Immigration Bills Fall Flat

Though campaign promises to enact immigration-enforcement measures and repeal in-state tuition for undocumented students didn't see the light of day, Republicans who championed the measures said they'll be back next session to try again. 

A Texas Parks and Wildlife warden patrols the Rio Grande in July, 2014.
A Texas Parks and Wildlife warden patrols the Rio Grande in July, 2014.

Border Security Bill Passes Senate

An expansive border security bill declared a priority by Gov. Greg Abbott was given final approval Tuesday by the Texas Senate. The vote marked the near end of a months-long disagreement between the House and the Senate on issues like how to staff and spend on border security, and in what capacity to keep the Texas National Guard in the Rio Grande Valley.

 

 

Secretary of State Carlos Cascos of Brownsville gives his inaugural speech on March 7, 2015.
Secretary of State Carlos Cascos of Brownsville gives his inaugural speech on March 7, 2015.

Cascos Wants to Move Past Voter ID, Partisan Politics

Texas Secretary of State Carlos Cascos hopes his tenure represents a shifting tide in the office — away from partisan gridlock over voting, and toward bolstering Texas' relations with Mexico and improving life along the state's southern border. 

 

 

 

Sen. Brian Birdwell R-Grandbury speaks during a March 16th, 2015 Senate Subcommittee on border security
Sen. Brian Birdwell R-Grandbury speaks during a March 16th, 2015 Senate Subcommittee on border security

Lawmakers One Step Closer on Border Security

A major piece of border security legislation cleared another hurdle in the Texas Legislature on Tuesday, prompting lawmakers to predict that a compromise between the House and Senate will be hashed out before the session ends June 1.

Texas Association of Business CEO Bill Hammond, speaks in favor of HB 1403 which was passed in 2001 and grants all Texans in-state college tuition regardless of immigration status on April 13th, 2015
Texas Association of Business CEO Bill Hammond, speaks in favor of HB 1403 which was passed in 2001 and grants all Texans in-state college tuition regardless of immigration status on April 13th, 2015

With Clock Running, Immigration Bills Cling to Senate Calendar

After idling in the Senate, two controversial immigration bills — ending in-state tuition for some undocumented immigrants and barring sanctuary cities — are apparently back in play. But it remains unclear whether sponsors have the votes to bring the measures up for debate.