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 ...

State Wants More Time for Immigration Appeal

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.

The Texas Attorney General’s office is asking the U.S. Supreme Court for an extra 30 days to respond to the Obama Administration's appeal of lower court rulings that have blocked controversial changes in immigration enforcement.

From left, immigration rights activists Manuel Ramirez, Lucian Villasenor and Adrian Orozco protest President Obama's Civil Rights Summit speech at the University of Texas in 2014, challenging the president's dedication to civil rights.
From left, immigration rights activists Manuel Ramirez, Lucian Villasenor and Adrian Orozco protest President Obama's Civil Rights Summit speech at the University of Texas in 2014, challenging the president's dedication to civil rights.

Feds to Ask High Court to Consider Immigration Program

The Obama administration said Tuesday that it would ask the U.S. Supreme Court to consider a controversial immigration program the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals struck down on Monday. The Texas attorney general's office said it would be ready for the next round.

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.

Fifth Circuit Strikes Down Immigration Program

A three-judge panel of the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals has once again ruled against the Obama administration’s controversial immigration program, upholding a lower court's injunction barring the plan from taking effect while awaiting the outcome of a full trial on the lawsuit's underlying arguments.

Detainees walk in a line at a U.S. Customs and Border Protection processing facility, Wednesday, June 18, 2014, in Brownsville. CBP provided media tours Wednesday at two locations in Brownsville and Nogales, Ariz., that have been central to processing the more than 47,000 unaccompanied children who have entered the country illegally since Oct. 1.
Detainees walk in a line at a U.S. Customs and Border Protection processing facility, Wednesday, June 18, 2014, in Brownsville. CBP provided media tours Wednesday at two locations in Brownsville and Nogales, Ariz., that have been central to processing the more than 47,000 unaccompanied children who have entered the country illegally since Oct. 1.

Cuellar: New Border Crossing Stats Don't Tell Whole Story

As the number of unaccompanied children apprehended on Texas’ southern border dropped by more than 40 percent in the 2015 fiscal year, a high-ranking border Democrat warns that the problem of illegal mass migration isn't close to being solved.  

Gov. Greg Abbott speaks to reporters at the Security Operations Center at the Department of Public Safety on May 12, 2015.
Gov. Greg Abbott speaks to reporters at the Security Operations Center at the Department of Public Safety on May 12, 2015.

Texas Activists Want Action on Immigration Issues

While activists push Democrats to go softer on immigrants in local jails, conservatives are pressing Gov. Greg Abbott to act now on reforms targeting "sanctuary" policies in cities and counties. They also want a wider implementation of E-Verify to crack down on employers who hire undocumented immigrants.

An immigration reform rally at the Texas Capitol on Feb. 22, 2013.
An immigration reform rally at the Texas Capitol on Feb. 22, 2013.

Lawsuit Aims to Prevent Licensing of Detention Centers

A coalition of immigrants’ rights and civil liberties groups have filed suit claiming Texas hastily created a new type of state license that might allow two controversial detention centers for illegal immigrants to remain open despite a federal judge's ruling. 

Reveal Radio: But Not a Drop to Drink

For decades, residents of El Cenizo and Rio Bravo along the Texas-Mexico border have struggled to obtain safe, reliable drinking water. A new treatment plant was supposed to help, but politics got in the way. This story is part of a collaboration between The Texas Tribune and Reveal, a new public radio show and podcast from the Center for Investigative Reporting and PRX.

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.

McCaul, Vela Praise Extradition of Alleged Criminals

A pair of Texas congressmen who lambasted the Mexican government after the embarrassing July escape of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzmán lauded Mexico on Thursday for extraditing 13 alleged criminals to the United States.

Texas DPS Director Steve McCraw speaks to State Rep. Garnet Coleman, chair of the House Committee on County Affairs during a hearing on July 30, 2015
Texas DPS Director Steve McCraw speaks to State Rep. Garnet Coleman, chair of the House Committee on County Affairs during a hearing on July 30, 2015

DPS Chief Calls Harassment Claims "Garbage"

The director of the Texas Department of Public Safety on Thursday said it was absurd that some border residents claim state troopers are harassing residents during the ongoing border surge in the Rio Grande Valley.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents at a processing facility in Brownsville on June 18, 2014.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents at a processing facility in Brownsville on June 18, 2014.

Union Chief: Send 5,000 More Border Patrol Agents

Outgunned and outmanned, the U.S. needs at least 5,000 more agents on the southern border, according to the chief of the Border Patrol union. But civil rights groups fear a hiring surge could lead to less oversight and more abuse by federal agents. 

A bridge to Mexico that is near the busy downtown Laredo shopping area is shown on Nov. 5, 2011.
A bridge to Mexico that is near the busy downtown Laredo shopping area is shown on Nov. 5, 2011.

Plummeting Peso Hurting Border Economy

The Mexican peso is well below its exchange rate against the dollar compared to a year ago, and store owners on the border are bracing for a prolonged drought of Mexican shoppers. In some cities that could mean a loss of up to 45 percent of business.

Army Retired Lt. COL. Hope Jackson at the H.O.P.E. (Healing, Optimizing, Perfecting, Empowering) Institute shelter for female veterans on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 in El Paso.
Army Retired Lt. COL. Hope Jackson at the H.O.P.E. (Healing, Optimizing, Perfecting, Empowering) Institute shelter for female veterans on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 in El Paso.

Border Shelter for Female Veterans Hits a Roadblock

Retired Lt. Col. Hope Jackson's efforts to open a shelter for homeless female veterans in El Paso hit a snag when she lost out on a contract with the local veterans administration. She argues that's a sign that the unique needs of female veterans are not being met.