RACE & IMMIGRATION

Texas Threatens to Withdraw from Refugee Resettlement Program

Rally at Wooldridge Park in Austin to protest Gov. Abbott's decision on Syrian refugees on Nov. 22, 2015
Rally at Wooldridge Park in Austin to protest Gov. Abbott's decision on Syrian refugees on Nov. 22, 2015

As part of its fight to keep Syrian refugees out of the state, Texas is threatening to withdraw from the nation's refugee resettlement program if federal officials don't “unconditionally approve” a state plan requiring additional vetting.

 

Some Can't Find New Homes as Demolition of Corpus Christi Public Housing Nears

D.N. Leathers Public Housing Complex resident Jasmine Mosley holds her son De' Monei Traylor, 2 in their apartment on September 8, 2016
D.N. Leathers Public Housing Complex resident Jasmine Mosley holds her son De' Monei Traylor, 2 in their apartment on September 8, 2016

With demolition set for late this year to make way for a new bridge, tenants of the D.N. Leathers housing project in Corpus Christi have until Oct. 31 to find new homes. Many are having trouble, and say they aren't getting enough help.

Trump, in Houston, Blasts Clinton on Illegal Immigration

Supporters of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump hold up signs during a rally in Austin on Aug. 23, 2016.
Supporters of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump hold up signs during a rally in Austin on Aug. 23, 2016.

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump used a Saturday trip to Houston to address families of victims of crimes committed by undocumented immigrants — and blast Democratic rival Hillary Clinton as unsympathetic to their concerns.

As National Anthem Protests Spread, What Do Texans Think of #AthletesWhoKneel?

Sid Miller, who was elected agriculture commissioner in November 2014, is shown at Day 3 of the Texas Republican Convention in Fort Worth on June 7, 2014.
Sid Miller, who was elected agriculture commissioner in November 2014, is shown at Day 3 of the Texas Republican Convention in Fort Worth on June 7, 2014.

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick's protest of racial injustice by kneeling during the national anthem is starting to spread. Here's what Texans are saying about it. 

Dan Patrick Again Targeting In-State Tuition For Undocumented Students

Former and current lawmakers gather at the Texas Capitol showing their support for HB 1403 which passed in 2001 ensuring that all Texas would have access to in-state college tuition regardless of immigration status.
Former and current lawmakers gather at the Texas Capitol showing their support for HB 1403 which passed in 2001 ensuring that all Texas would have access to in-state college tuition regardless of immigration status.

When Texas lawmakers meet next year, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick is promising to again target a 2001 law that lets some undocumented immigrants pay in-state college tuition.

Austin Poised to Become First "Sanctuary City" In Texas

Travis County Constable Sally Hernandez is running for Travis County sheriff as a Democrat vowing to "get ICE out of Austin," meaning the local jail will no longer cooperate with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, making Austin the first true "sanctuary city" in the state.
Travis County Constable Sally Hernandez is running for Travis County sheriff as a Democrat vowing to "get ICE out of Austin," meaning the local jail will no longer cooperate with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, making Austin the first true "sanctuary city" in the state.

With the likely election of a new Democratic sheriff in November, Austin is poised to become the first true “sanctuary city” in GOP-ruled Texas if Travis County stops cooperating with federal immigration policies.

Sign Up for The Brief

Our daily news summary