Tribpedia: Texas-Mexico Border

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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 ...

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Laredo has become the state's 10th-largest city, but it grapples with a reputation for corruption, crime and poverty.
Laredo has become the state's 10th-largest city, but it grapples with a reputation for corruption, crime and poverty.

New Leaders Hope to Burnish Laredo's Image

After eight years of growth, change and public corruption scandals, new leaders in Laredo and Webb County are greeting 2015 with a sense of optimism. But they acknowledge that improving the area's reputation will be a challenge.

An estimated 25,000 demonstrators attended the rally in Dallas to advocate for comprehensive immigration reform on May 1, 2010.
An estimated 25,000 demonstrators attended the rally in Dallas to advocate for comprehensive immigration reform on May 1, 2010.

El Paso ID Program Aims to Aid Undocumented

A standardized ID would afford the homeless, indigent and disabled access to city services, and help undocumented immigrants prove they qualify for relief from deportation under the president's recently announced executive action, an immigrant rights group says.

Greg Abbott talks to reporters at the Texas Capitol on Nov. 5, 2014, the day after he was elected governor.
Greg Abbott talks to reporters at the Texas Capitol on Nov. 5, 2014, the day after he was elected governor.

Abbott: Obama's Order Violates Constitution

Minutes after President Obama doubled down on his promise to change the country’s immigration system through executive action, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott made a vow of his own: Expect a lawsuit from Texas. But some legal experts doubt that Abbott, the governor-elect, can successfully challenge the president's order, which he says he plans to do in federal court.

President Barack Obama meets with advisors in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Aug. 4, 2014.
President Barack Obama meets with advisors in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Aug. 4, 2014.

Obama Immigration Plan Could Affect Thousands in Texas

President Obama on Thursday made good on his promise and said he will use his executive authority to grant millions of undocumented immigrants a work permit and a reprieve from deportation proceedings. Reactions from Republicans were swift and anticipated, following a week of outrage over the proposals that included everything from threats of impeachment to a government shutdown.

 

 

Texas Department of Public Safety officers patrol Anzalduas Park as part of Operation Strong Safety. Texas National Guard soldiers deployed to the area on Monday will help DPS in its mission, officials said.
Texas Department of Public Safety officers patrol Anzalduas Park as part of Operation Strong Safety. Texas National Guard soldiers deployed to the area on Monday will help DPS in its mission, officials said.

Border Surge Could Continue Through August

The surge of state law enforcement on Texas’ southern border will continue through August if an $86 million request made by the state’s top leaders is approved next month by budget writers. 

 

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.

Sen. Perry Files Sanctuary Cities Legislation

Legislation reviving the fight over "sanctuary cities" was filed Monday by Lubbock Republican Sen. Charles Perry. His bill would cut funds for cities that don't let their police enforce federal immigration law.

 

The Rally for Immigration Reform on Congress Avenue near the Texas Capitol on Feb. 22, 2013.
The Rally for Immigration Reform on Congress Avenue near the Texas Capitol on Feb. 22, 2013.

Obama Action on Immigration Could Benefit Texas Economy

With the midterm elections behind him, President Obama said he was ready to take executive action to prevent many undocumented immigrants from being deported, which analysts said could benefit Texas' agricultural, construction and service industries.

Construction workers are seen as two women walk along the road on an early October morning in Guadalupe Distrito Bravo.
Construction workers are seen as two women walk along the road on an early October morning in Guadalupe Distrito Bravo.

Residents of a Forgotten Town Flee to Texas

As officials in El Paso and Ciudad Juárez celebrate a drop in crime in the Mexican border city, residents in nearby Guadalupe, Chihuahua continue fleeing to Texas in droves amid continuing violence and corruption. 

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst delivering his concession speech after losing his re-election bid on May 27, 2014.
Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst delivering his concession speech after losing his re-election bid on May 27, 2014.

Dewhurst Asks for Price Tag to Expand Border Operations

Months after Texas beefed up its police presence in the Rio Grande Valley and deployed the Texas National Guard there in response to a record increase in illegal border crossings, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst wants to know what it would cost to expand the projects through 2016.

An international bridge connecting Laredo, Texas and Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas.
An international bridge connecting Laredo, Texas and Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas.

Program Helping to Reduce Wait Times at Border Bridges

Nine months into a federal pilot program created to reduce wait times at international ports of entry, operators of bridges on the Texas-Mexico border say it appears to be accomplishing that goal. But they also say it’s difficult to measure whether cars, trucks and pedestrians are moving faster across the border.

Parishoners attend a Friday service at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in El Paso.
Parishoners attend a Friday service at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in El Paso.

In El Paso, a Mirror of Catholicism's Challenges

Catholicism remains the religion of choice for most people in El Paso, but membership in the church has declined. Scholars and religious leaders acknowledge that how the church adapts to modern societal beliefs will be reflected by what happens to its membership.

Historian Antonio Ramos poses as a Maderista soldier at a marketplace in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, on Oct. 8, 2014.
Historian Antonio Ramos poses as a Maderista soldier at a marketplace in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, on Oct. 8, 2014.

Tours Aim to Redefine Juárez, Revitalize Tourism

Hopes are riding on a new effort in which tour buses will come to Ciudad Juárez regularly from El Paso. Officials want the tours to help shed Juárez's image as a place plagued by cartel violence and to showcase the city as a destination for area tourists.

If Dos Republicas is able to mine substandard coal in Maverick County, it will be carried by train from the site in rural Maverick County through the center of Eagle Pass, Texas - Saturday, February 4, 2012
If Dos Republicas is able to mine substandard coal in Maverick County, it will be carried by train from the site in rural Maverick County through the center of Eagle Pass, Texas - Saturday, February 4, 2012

Judge Throws a Wrench in Border Coal Project

For several years, residents in Maverick County have waged a war against a company that wants to mine low-grade coal on 6,300 acres of land in this impoverished borderland. So far, they've lost their battles. But a recent twist in the saga is giving them new hope.  

Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in El Paso.
Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in El Paso.

Immigrant Sanctuary Effort May Head to Texas

Patterned after a movement in the 1980s, a multistate effort urging churches and other places of worship to provide sanctuary for undocumented immigrants began this month. The effort could come to Texas, where some leaders say such shelter is already being provided.

Candidate for Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst addresses the media in the parking lot of an Austin HEB before voting early in the 2014 runoffs, May 19, 2014.
Candidate for Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst addresses the media in the parking lot of an Austin HEB before voting early in the 2014 runoffs, May 19, 2014.

Dewhurst Tells D.C. Crowd Prayer Rugs Found on Border

In a speech in Washington, D.C., on Friday, outgoing Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst doubled down on claims that Muslim prayer rugs had been found on the Texas-Mexico border. His comments follow a panel discussion on border security last week where he suggested Islamic extremists might be coming into the U.S. from Mexico.