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 ...

Bongs, Fruitcakes Energize Central Texas House Race

Republican candidates incumbent Byron Cook, left, and Thomas McNutt, right, run in the 2016 election for Texas House District 8.
Republican candidates incumbent Byron Cook, left, and Thomas McNutt, right, run in the 2016 election for Texas House District 8.

Fourteen years after first being elected to the Texas House, state Rep. Byron Cook, R-Corsicana, faces what some consider his toughest primary battle to date. Thomas McNutt is trying to unseat the incumbent using wedge issues such as immigration and Cook's support for House Speaker Joe Straus

Texas First Assistant Attorney General Chip Roy and Solicitor General Scott Keller sat down with Tribune reporter Julián Aguilar on Feb. 1, 2016 to discuss an upcoming case on illegal immigration headed to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Texas First Assistant Attorney General Chip Roy and Solicitor General Scott Keller sat down with Tribune reporter Julián Aguilar on Feb. 1, 2016 to discuss an upcoming case on illegal immigration headed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Lawyers for Texas Talk Strategy on SCOTUS Immigration Hearing

As the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to hear a case challenging President Barack Obama's executive order on illegal immigration, Solicitor Attorney General Scott Keller and Chip Roy, the first assistant attorney general, spoke to the Tribune about what the state is fighting for.

Indicted Border Patrol Agent Has Two Birth Certificates

In an unusual twist to an already unusual case, federal immigration authorities are questioning the nationality of a U.S. Border Patrol agent accused of capital murder and drug cartel ties in deep South Texas. The agent's lawyer told the Tribune that his client has two birth certificates but insisted he was born in Texas, not Mexico.

A Customs and Border Protection vehicle patrols on the Texas border near the Rio Grande, Thursday, July 24, 2014, in Mission, Texas. Texas is spending $1.3 million a week for a bigger DPS presence along the border.
A Customs and Border Protection vehicle patrols on the Texas border near the Rio Grande, Thursday, July 24, 2014, in Mission, Texas. Texas is spending $1.3 million a week for a bigger DPS presence along the border.

As Feds Plan to Cut Border Monitoring, Texas Officials Ask Why

Gov. Greg Abbott and U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar, a Laredo Democrat, pressed the Department of Homeland Security on Monday to explain why the agency plans to reduce its aerial surveillance on the Texas-Mexico border.

Dan Golvach, father of Spencer Golvach,  at his son's grave in Houston Tuesday, October 20, 2015.
Dan Golvach, father of Spencer Golvach, at his son's grave in Houston Tuesday, October 20, 2015.

Houston Slayings Fueled Border Security Debate

One year ago today, Spencer Golvach waited for the green light at a Houston intersection. An undocumented Mexican national — repeatedly thrown out of the country for multiple criminal convictions — pulled up next to him, pointed a pistol at Golvach’s head and pulled the trigger. The killing lit a political firestorm over illegal immigration that has not abated.

A cardboard cutout of His Holiness Pope Francis  greets residents of Ciudad Juárez on January 16, 2016. Pope Francis will visit the border city in February as part of a six-day tour of Mexico.
A cardboard cutout of His Holiness Pope Francis greets residents of Ciudad Juárez on January 16, 2016. Pope Francis will visit the border city in February as part of a six-day tour of Mexico.

Border Catholics Wonder What Message Pope Francis Will Bring

As preparations continue for Pope Francis' visit next month to Ciudad Juárez, the region's Catholics are speculating whether the outspoken pontiff will use the opportunity to take the Mexican and U.S. governments to task for issues such as immigration, poverty and corruption.

Nina Perales of MALDEF and others from the Texas Latino Redistricting Task Force present proposal for two new Latino-majority congressional seats in Texas.
Nina Perales of MALDEF and others from the Texas Latino Redistricting Task Force present proposal for two new Latino-majority congressional seats in Texas.

Texas Faces Lawsuit Over Provision of Border Security Law

Taking aim at a new Texas law making it a state felony to harbor undocumented immigrants, a national civil rights group announced Monday that it is suing the state. The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund filed suit Sunday against Gov. Greg Abbott, Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steve McCraw and the Texas Public Safety Commission, which oversees the DPS. 

Texas DPS Director Steve McCraw gives testimony during a joint committee hearing on border security on Jan 21, 2016
Texas DPS Director Steve McCraw gives testimony during a joint committee hearing on border security on Jan 21, 2016

State Trooper Rotations to Border Will Continue

Despite an $800 million appropriation that includes money to permanently station more troopers near the Rio Grande, DPS will continue borrowing officers from around the state for border security, a legislative committee learned Thursday.

Immigrants and activists participate in press conference and rally on Nov. 19, 2015, before a 37-mile march designed to show support for immigration reform. The marchers planned to walk for three days, from the federal immigration detention facility in Taylor to the Texas Governor's Mansion in downtown Austin.
Immigrants and activists participate in press conference and rally on Nov. 19, 2015, before a 37-mile march designed to show support for immigration reform. The marchers planned to walk for three days, from the federal immigration detention facility in Taylor to the Texas Governor's Mansion in downtown Austin.

U.S. Supreme Court to Consider Obama's Immigration Program

The U.S. Supreme Court decided on Tuesday to consider the Obama administration’s controversial immigration program, which has been on hold for nearly a year after being blocked by a Texas-based federal judge.

Captured fugitive drug cartel leader Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is escorted by police in Mexico City on Jan. 8, 2016.
Captured fugitive drug cartel leader Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is escorted by police in Mexico City on Jan. 8, 2016.

As "El Chapo" Extradition Unfolds, Border Region Could See Impact

While Mexican and U.S. officials discuss Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán's extradition, some wonder if a surge in cartel violence along the Texas-Mexico border could follow. Through the extradition process could take years, Texas remains on a list of destinations the drug kingpin could be sent to answer for his alleged crimes. 

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.

Fugitive Drug Lord "El Chapo" has been Captured

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Drug kingpin Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, who escaped from a maximum-security prison in Mexico nearly six months ago, has been recaptured, President Enrique Peña Nieto announced Friday.

U.S. Border Patrol agents patrolling in the Rio Grande Valley.
U.S. Border Patrol agents patrolling in the Rio Grande Valley.

Texas-Mexico Border Apprehensions Dipped in 2015

The number of people apprehended by immigration agents while trying to enter Texas illegally dropped by more than 35 percent during the federal government’s 2015 fiscal year, according to Department of Homeland Security statistics released Tuesday. That's unlikely to allay the concerns of Texas' GOP leaders.

U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Laredo, at a Texas Tribune Event on UT San Antonio Campus, Sept. 24, 2014.
U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Laredo, at a Texas Tribune Event on UT San Antonio Campus, Sept. 24, 2014.

Cuellar: Budget Deal Includes Foreign Aid To Stem Illegal Immigration

In a rare bipartisan compromise on illegal immigration, the next federal budget will provide nearly $1 billion in funding for Mexico and Central America to help stop the flow of undocumented migrants to the United States, U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar announced Wednesday. 

Protesters block a rear entrance to Texas Governor Rick Perry's office on the second floor protesting HB12 the so-called "sanctuary cities" bill winding its way through the Senate on May 25, 2011.
Protesters block a rear entrance to Texas Governor Rick Perry's office on the second floor protesting HB12 the so-called "sanctuary cities" bill winding its way through the Senate on May 25, 2011.

State Explores Flexing Legal Muscles on Immigration

Crafted carefully, state laws can be written that would allow Texas to crack down on undocumented immigrants and illegal border crossers without running afoul of the U.S. Constitution, a state attorney told lawmakers recently, including legislation to ban "sanctuary cities."

Protestors left their signs on the fence surrounding the South Texas Family Residential Center near Dilley, Texas on May 2, 2015.
Protestors left their signs on the fence surrounding the South Texas Family Residential Center near Dilley, Texas on May 2, 2015.

Judge: No "Emergency" to License Detention Centers

The state of Texas can't claim an emergency to quickly grant licenses to two private detention centers holding undocumented immigrant families for the federal government, a state district judge has ruled, handing a victory to groups seeking better conditions for about 2,000 detained women and children.