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 ...

Border Surge Could Continue Through August

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.

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.

A woman, who asked not to be identified because she fears for her safety, stands near the pulpit at the end of service at First Baptist Church on Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in El Paso. The woman fled Boko Haram in Nigeria and is now seeking asylum.
A woman, who asked not to be identified because she fears for her safety, stands near the pulpit at the end of service at First Baptist Church on Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in El Paso. The woman fled Boko Haram in Nigeria and is now seeking asylum.

Against the Odds, Finding Refuge in El Paso

Four years after fleeing Somalia, Dekha Hassan-Mohamed is living in El Paso after winning an asylum claim and bucking a national trend. Her lawyer is seeking the same protection for another client who fled Nigeria. Both women are grateful for the new chapters of their lives in El Paso. 

Texas Governor Rick Perry, flaned by Adjutant General John Nichols, l, and DPS Director Steve McCraw, talks to National Guard troops at Camp Swift on August 13, 2014.
Texas Governor Rick Perry, flaned by Adjutant General John Nichols, l, and DPS Director Steve McCraw, talks to National Guard troops at Camp Swift on August 13, 2014.

Perry Urges Mexican President to Visit Texas Border

Gov. Rick Perry on Wednesday invited Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto to witness for himself the operations of the National Guard patrolling the Texas side of the Rio Grande. The invitation was a response to the Mexican president telling media outlets that Perry’s decision to deploy the guard was “reprehensible.”

 

US Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-TX 28th District) speaks with Rep. Doug Miller R-New Braunfels, during a visit to the Texas Capitol on February 19th, 2013.
US Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-TX 28th District) speaks with Rep. Doug Miller R-New Braunfels, during a visit to the Texas Capitol on February 19th, 2013.

Cuellar: Debate on Immigration Surge Set to Re-emerge

The congressional debate about how to address the influx of unaccompanied Central American minors crossing illegally into Texas is likely to re-emerge later this year when lawmakers debate an omnibus budget bill, according to a Texas lawmaker.

“Junior” Silva walks through the chapel and the Senda de Vida immigrant shelter in Reynosa, Tamaulipas on August 24, 2014.
“Junior” Silva walks through the chapel and the Senda de Vida immigrant shelter in Reynosa, Tamaulipas on August 24, 2014.

For TX Charities, a Struggle to Send Aid Across Border

The parish at McAllen's Sacred Heart Church has acted as a shelter for thousands of Central Americans crossing the border illegally into Texas, and donations have come pouring in. An effort to send some of the surplus supplies into Mexico is underway, though the philanthropy faces two key hurdles: drug violence and Mexican tax laws. 

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.

Guard's Arrival on Border Brings Reassurance, Concerns

The arrival of the Texas National Guard to the border has been met with praise by some who say the state is taking the lead in securing the border while the federal government falls flat in its mission. But others say the deployment is overkill that only serves to hamper the local economy.

For Many Texans, "Miracle" Economy Doesn't Apply

State leaders often tout the so-called Texas miracle – the idea that the state’s economy is thriving thanks to their small-government approach. But with poor health coverage, low wages and limited academic success, not everyone benefits. Here are the stories of six Texans who have worked tirelessly, but found little relief in the Texas miracle.

A Catholic Charities shelter at Sacred Heart Church in McAllen helps hundreds of displaced immigrants who have crossed the Texas-Mexico border. Texas immigration lawyers are scrambling to coordinate representation for many of the migrants.
A Catholic Charities shelter at Sacred Heart Church in McAllen helps hundreds of displaced immigrants who have crossed the Texas-Mexico border. Texas immigration lawyers are scrambling to coordinate representation for many of the migrants.

Attorneys Struggling to Help Migrants Navigate Legal System

Texas immigration lawyers are scrambling to coordinate representation for the thousands of Central American migrants who have crossed into Texas illegally. While limited time is a large hurdle, so is navigating through the complicated system of immigration law.