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 ...

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.

DPS chief Steve McCraw outlines plans for the National Guard role securing the Texas border as Gov. Rick Perry, l, and Guard Adjutant General John Nichols listen on July 21, 2014.
DPS chief Steve McCraw outlines plans for the National Guard role securing the Texas border as Gov. Rick Perry, l, and Guard Adjutant General John Nichols listen on July 21, 2014.

Lawmaker "Encouraged" After Meeting With DPS Director

The director of the Texas Department of Public Safety said Wednesday that if lawmakers permit it, he will provide state Rep. Cesar Blanco with information about the state’s security operations on the border — a move that follows weeks of tense exchanges over how millions of border security dollars are being spent.

 

Sen. Brian Birdwell R-Granbury listens during debate of his campus carry bill SB #11 on March 18th, 2015
Sen. Brian Birdwell R-Granbury listens during debate of his campus carry bill SB #11 on March 18th, 2015

Senate Sends Border Security Measure to House

The Texas Senate on Monday passed its own sweeping border security bill, choosing to send its own version to the House rather than taking up the House’s measure, which the lower chamber passed last month.

 

President Obama talked about the U.S. economy in a speech on July 10, 2014, at the Paramount Theatre in Austin.
President Obama talked about the U.S. economy in a speech on July 10, 2014, at the Paramount Theatre in Austin.

State Readies for Court Battle in New Orleans

Two months after a Brownsville-based federal judge halted President Obama's immigration program, attorneys for Texas will try to convince a three-judge panel at the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans to keep it on hold. 

Former Texas House member and current Congressman Joaquin Castro at TTEvents with Evan Smith on Feb. 19, 2015.
Former Texas House member and current Congressman Joaquin Castro at TTEvents with Evan Smith on Feb. 19, 2015.

Castro Asks Feds for Border Surge Details

A Democratic Congressman has asked the federal government to do what the Texas Department of Public Safety has said it can’t: Provide information on what role federal agents have played during the state’s multi-million dollar border surge.