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 ...

Video: Texans Fight for Mexican Orphan

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The fate of a young girl taken off the streets of Matamoros by a Texas couple is now uncertain. U.S. authorities seized Keyla from Larry and Nancy Cox when they attempted to bring her across the border.

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Rally for Immigration Reform walked up Congress Ave. towards the Texas Capitol on February 22nd, 2013
Rally for Immigration Reform walked up Congress Ave. towards the Texas Capitol on February 22nd, 2013

Lawmaker Wants to Know Immigration Impact

For all the legislative debate about border security and immigration, it's been nine years since anyone comprehensively studied the economic impact of undocumented Texans. A border lawmaker wants to fill that information vacuum.

A cheerful Gov. Greg Abbott predicts that any challenge to Judge Andrew S. Hanen's recent amnesty ruling will be rejected on appeal at a Texas Capitol press conference on Feb. 18, 2015.
A cheerful Gov. Greg Abbott predicts that any challenge to Judge Andrew S. Hanen's recent amnesty ruling will be rejected on appeal at a Texas Capitol press conference on Feb. 18, 2015.

State Accuses Obama Administration of Misleading Judge

Attorneys for the state of Texas say the Obama administration started granting work permits to undocumented immigrants before it said it would, and misled a federal judge about it. They're demanding more details.

Three of 44 Department of Public Safety troopers graduating from cadet training pause for prayer on April 7, 2011
Three of 44 Department of Public Safety troopers graduating from cadet training pause for prayer on April 7, 2011

Funding for More DPS Border Officers Gets Tentative OK

The House Appropriations Committee on Thursday tentatively approved $105 million in funding for several DPS troopers, but not before some border lawmakers on the panel questioned how the DPS would prove the money is being spent wisely.

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

Congress Fully Funds Homeland Security

The 8,900 U.S. Border Patrol agents stationed on Texas’ border with Mexico can clock in next week knowing they’re still going to get paid after Congress Tuesday voted to fund the Department of Homeland Security through September.

A young girl plays outside her home in the Pueblo de Palmas colonia near Mission, Texas, on Aug. 29, 2013.
A young girl plays outside her home in the Pueblo de Palmas colonia near Mission, Texas, on Aug. 29, 2013.

State Waits for Directions to Declassify Colonias

The state has worked for decades to halt the proliferation of colonias, but it has no way to declassify communities that have outgrown the colonia description. The secretary of state's Colonia Initiatives Program has asked lawmakers for help, but no legislation has been filed so far, and it is unclear whether it will even be addressed.

Former Gov. Rick Perry during a press conference with his legal team on Jan. 28, 2015.
Former Gov. Rick Perry during a press conference with his legal team on Jan. 28, 2015.

No Agency Tasked With Enforcing Perry's E-Verify Order

State agencies are operating on the honor system when it comes to former Gov. Rick Perry's December mandate that they use E-Verify to certify their workers are in the country legally. Two months after his order, there isn't a state office tasked with enforcing it.

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 Appeal Ruling on Obama Immigration Order

The Obama administration on Monday filed an appeal of last week’s ruling by a Texas judge that halted the president's immigration order, which would have given up to 5 million undocumented immigrants a temporary reprieve from deportation. The U.S. government also requested that a federal judge let the program continue as the appeals process plays out.

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, Gov. Greg Abbott, Attorney General Ken Paxton and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick praise a judge's ruling against Obama's immigration program at a Capitol press conference on Feb. 18, 2015.
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, Gov. Greg Abbott, Attorney General Ken Paxton and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick praise a judge's ruling against Obama's immigration program at a Capitol press conference on Feb. 18, 2015.

Texas Leaders Say State Will Win Immigration Case

At a celebratory press conference Wednesday, Greg AbbottTed CruzKen Paxton and Dan Patrick hailed a federal judge's ruling to block President Obama's immigration plans, and confidently predicted that Texas will keep winning on appeal.

Immigration reform protesters walked up Congress Avenue toward the Texas Capitol on Feb. 22, 2013.
Immigration reform protesters walked up Congress Avenue toward the Texas Capitol on Feb. 22, 2013.

Immigration Attorneys, Feds Mull Options After Ruling

Texas immigration attorneys are telling their clients not to panic following a federal court ruling that temporarily halted President Obama’s November executive action, which would've granted deportation relief and a work permit to up to 5 million undocumented immigrants.

 

 

President Barack Obama speaking in Austin on Thursday, May 9, 2013.
President Barack Obama speaking in Austin on Thursday, May 9, 2013.

Judge Halts Obama's Immigration Order

Gov. Greg Abbott hailed a federal judge's decision Monday to halt President Obama’s executive action on immigration — a decision that gave the state of Texas an initial victory in its battle against what state leaders call federal overreach. On Tuesday, the White House stood by the president's order and announced its intent to appeal.

 

 

 

Attorney General Greg Abbott speaking on Dec. 3, 2014, about the lawsuit filed by Texas and other states against the Obama administration over immigration policy.
Attorney General Greg Abbott speaking on Dec. 3, 2014, about the lawsuit filed by Texas and other states against the Obama administration over immigration policy.

Judge Hears Arguments in Immigration Policy Case

UPDATED: A judge heard arguments Thursday on a request to halt a White House immigration policy that could affect hundreds of thousands of Texans living in the country illegally. The judge did not indicate when he would make a ruling.

International Bridge 1, for passenger vehicles and pedestrians, in Laredo.
International Bridge 1, for passenger vehicles and pedestrians, in Laredo.

Attempts to Dupe Immigration Agents on the Rise

Instead of trusting human smugglers or risking clandestine border crossings, an increasing number of people trying to enter the U.S. illegally are taking a more brazen approach. They try to slip through legal entry points using fake papers, or documents that belong to someone else.