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A group of undocumented Mexican national ex-offenders enter Mexico at the US-Mexico border crossing at Brownsville/Matamoros after being deported from the United States on Nov. 4, 2015.
A group of undocumented Mexican national ex-offenders enter Mexico at the US-Mexico border crossing at Brownsville/Matamoros after being deported from the United States on Nov. 4, 2015.

"Criminal Aliens" Flashpoint of Border Security Debate

How to deal with, or talk about, foreigners who commit crimes in the United States — the government’s term for them is the politically incorrect “criminal aliens” — has laid bare a bitter divide in the electorate and has prompted heated calls for vastly different solutions.

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz made several campaign stops on Feb 8, 2016, one day before the New Hampshire primary, including the American Legion Henry J. Sweeney Post, 251 in Manchester.
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz made several campaign stops on Feb 8, 2016, one day before the New Hampshire primary, including the American Legion Henry J. Sweeney Post, 251 in Manchester.

Cruz Campaigns Down to the Wire Amid Five-Way Scramble for Second in New Hampshire

Real estate magnate Donald Trump is widely expected to finish first here, and U.S. Sen Ted Cruz is part of a five-man pileup for second place.  

Cruz Campaigns Down to the Wire Amid Five-Way Scramble for Second in New Hampshire

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz made several campaign stops on Feb 8, 2016, one day before the New Hampshire primary, including the American Legion Henry J. Sweeney Post, 251 in Manchester.
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz made several campaign stops on Feb 8, 2016, one day before the New Hampshire primary, including the American Legion Henry J. Sweeney Post, 251 in Manchester.

Real estate magnate Donald Trump is widely expected to finish first here, and U.S. Sen Ted Cruz is part of a five-man pileup for second place.  

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As Supreme Court Prepares to Hear Historic Immigration Case, Texas Explains its Strategy

Texas First Assistant Attorney General Chip Roy and Solicitor General Scott Keller sat down with Tribune reporter Julián Aguilar on Feb. 1, 2016 to discuss an upcoming case on illegal immigration headed to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Texas First Assistant Attorney General Chip Roy and Solicitor General Scott Keller sat down with Tribune reporter Julián Aguilar on Feb. 1, 2016 to discuss an upcoming case on illegal immigration headed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

As the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to hear a case challenging President Barack Obama's executive order on illegal immigration, the two top lawyers for Texas spoke to the Tribune about what the state is fighting for.

Analysis: Is Attorney General Ken Paxton Feeling Lucky?

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is shown at a news conference in Austin on Jan. 13, 2016, to announce a new unit of the attorney general’s office dedicated to combating human trafficking.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is shown at a news conference in Austin on Jan. 13, 2016, to announce a new unit of the attorney general’s office dedicated to combating human trafficking.

It’s possible to imagine a way for the attorney general to raise money for a legal defense fund, but it’s perilous without a favorable advisory opinion from ethics regulators. And they decided this week not to approve such an opinion.

U.S. House Race a Test Case of Identity Politics

Mexican flags wave along Harrisburg Ave. in Houston. Drawn in 1991 to reflect the area’s booming Hispanic population, the Houston-based 29th Congressional District has never had a Hispanic representative.
Mexican flags wave along Harrisburg Ave. in Houston. Drawn in 1991 to reflect the area’s booming Hispanic population, the Houston-based 29th Congressional District has never had a Hispanic representative.

The upcoming primary face-off between incumbent Gene Green and Adrian Garcia in Houston's 29th congressional district will test case the influence of identity politics in Texas Democratic races.

State Auditor's Office Investigating Rep. Dukes' Use of State Staff

Texas State Representative Dawnna Dukes is honored at the unveiling of the African American Portrait Project at the African American Cultural and heritage Facility in Austin, Texas. June 9, 2014.
Texas State Representative Dawnna Dukes is honored at the unveiling of the African American Portrait Project at the African American Cultural and heritage Facility in Austin, Texas. June 9, 2014.

The State Auditor's Office is investigating whether state Rep. Dawnna Dukes improperly required her legislative staffers to participate in work for a nonprofit group that she founded, a Capitol source told The Texas Tribune on Friday.