Tribpedia: Immigration

More than 1 million undocumented immigrants live in Texas, according to the Migration Policy Institute

Because of its proximity to Mexico, Texas is second only to California in the number of undocumented immigrants who live in the state. 

Since the U.S. Congress in 2006 sparked national debate about illegal immigration, the state's immigration policies have become ...

Newly confirmed U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Roberta Jacobson
Newly confirmed U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Roberta Jacobson

Time Running Out for New Ambassador to Mexico

After a months-long delay, veteran State Department official Roberta Jacobson was finally confirmed as the country's next ambassador to Mexico. While lawmakers and analysts cheer the appointment, they also realize that Jacobson's time could be limited as the Obama administration begins its final months. 

Protestors left their signs on the fence surrounding the South Texas Family Residential Center near Dilley, Texas on May 2, 2015.
Protestors left their signs on the fence surrounding the South Texas Family Residential Center near Dilley, Texas on May 2, 2015.

State Sued for Licensing Detention Center

A nonprofit organization has sued the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services for issuing a temporary child-care license to an immigration detention facility that hold women and children from Central America.

Border Patrol Agent José Perales outside of Roma, TX, on Mar. 8, 2016.
Border Patrol Agent José Perales outside of Roma, TX, on Mar. 8, 2016.

Slideshow: One Day on the Border

U.S. Border Patrol agents have to navigate some difficult terrain as they work their shifts along the Texas-Mexico border. See images from a recent trip that The Texas Tribune took with the Border Patrol. This is part of the Tribune's "Bordering on Insecurity" series.

From Roma, Texas, Border Patrol Agent Isaac Villegas looks out over the Rio Grande and into Ciudad Miguel Alemán, Mexico, on March 8, 2016.
From Roma, Texas, Border Patrol Agent Isaac Villegas looks out over the Rio Grande and into Ciudad Miguel Alemán, Mexico, on March 8, 2016.

Roma, Texas: A Smuggler's Paradise

Multiple inflatable rafts on the water. Emotionally shaken kids in the back of Border Patrol vans. Dope worth a quarter-million dollars on the street, dumped on the river’s edge. The Texas Tribune witnessed all that and more during an afternoon with a three-man public relations team from the U.S. Border Patrol in this heavily trafficked patch of borderland. 

Hundreds gathered in front of the U.S. Supreme Court to show their support for President Obama’s immigration executive action as the Court hears oral arguments on the action in Washington, D.C., on April 18, 2016.
Hundreds gathered in front of the U.S. Supreme Court to show their support for President Obama’s immigration executive action as the Court hears oral arguments on the action in Washington, D.C., on April 18, 2016.

Texas Tells High Court State Has Right to Stop Immigration Action

Though both Texas and the Obama Administration seemed confident in the way they made their arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday on the controversial DAPA case, the decision an eight-member court is likely to render in June of an election year is unpredictable.

The U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C.
The U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C.

Texas to Make its Case in Supreme Court Against Immigration Action

Almost a year and a half after President Obama announced his executive action on immigration, the U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear arguments Monday over the program. Attorneys for the state of Texas have argued that the issue at hand is about the rule of law and preventing presidential overreach. Look back at the various actions and decisions related to the case.

Texas DPS Director Steve McCraw gives testimony during a joint committee hearing on border security on Jan 21, 2016
Texas DPS Director Steve McCraw gives testimony during a joint committee hearing on border security on Jan 21, 2016

Judge Blocks Texas Immigrant Harboring Law

A federal judge has blocked part of the state’s omnibus border security bill that makes harboring undocumented immigrants a state crime. In his order, U.S. District Judge David Alan Ezta said the provision could be pre-empted by federal immigration laws. 

El Paso Doesn't Want ID as "Sanctuary City"

An El Paso-based immigrant rights group has been trying to convince city leaders to create a municipal ID card that would help undocumented residents get basic services and escape financial predators. But their hopes may be dashed because officials fear creating the ID would brand El Paso a "sanctuary city." 

Donald Trump speaks at a rally in Fort Worth on February 26, 2015.
Donald Trump speaks at a rally in Fort Worth on February 26, 2015.

Trump Reveals How He Would Force Mexico to Pay for Border Wall

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Donald Trump says he will force Mexico to pay for a border wall as president by threatening to cut off the flow of billions of dollars in payments that immigrants send home to the country, an idea that could decimate the Mexican economy and set up an unprecedented showdown between the United States and a key diplomatic ally.

 

Border Patrol Agent Isaac Villegas makes his way through Carrizo cane, an invasive plant species that lines the banks of the Rio Grande in Roma, TX. while searching for a group of undocumented immigrants reported to have crossed the river on Mar. 8, 2016.
Border Patrol Agent Isaac Villegas makes his way through Carrizo cane, an invasive plant species that lines the banks of the Rio Grande in Roma, TX. while searching for a group of undocumented immigrants reported to have crossed the river on Mar. 8, 2016.

New Carrizo Eradication Effort Reignites Old Debate

A state plan to eradicate invasive Carrizo cane along the Rio Grande — cited by Gov. Greg Abbott as a border security priority — is finally getting some funding after sitting dormant for almost a year. But environmental groups are ramping up to protest use of herbicides and aerial spraying to wipe out the pesky plant.

A civil war of sorts has spilled into Laredo as rival groups of Cubans hang out in the border city's downtown awaiting new arrivals from the island nation.
A civil war of sorts has spilled into Laredo as rival groups of Cubans hang out in the border city's downtown awaiting new arrivals from the island nation.

U.S. Reps. Cuellar, Farenthold Target Provision Benefiting Cuban Immigrants

Two Texas congressmen have introduced legislation designed to roll back the automatic benefits and legal status that Cuban immigrants receive shortly after reaching U.S. ports.

Milton Otoniel Lopez Chupin, from Santa Tecla Libertad, El Salvador, in the courtyard at the Casa del Migrante migrant shelter in Matamoros, Mexico, on Nov. 3, 2015.
Milton Otoniel Lopez Chupin, from Santa Tecla Libertad, El Salvador, in the courtyard at the Casa del Migrante migrant shelter in Matamoros, Mexico, on Nov. 3, 2015.

Voices from the Border: Illegal Crossings and Deportations

Every month, busloads of deported undocumented immigrants arrive at the southern border, returning to Mexico after serving prison time in the United States. Meanwhile, other migrants prepare to attempt illegal border crossings. Here are some of their voices. This story is part of our "Bordering on Insecurity" series.