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 ...

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.

Obed Josafhat Rodriguez is pictured waving a gun on surveillance video taken from the Monroe Game Room in Houston on Aug. 30, 2013. He and an accomplice were convicted in shooting death of Yolanda Lara, a game room employee.
Obed Josafhat Rodriguez is pictured waving a gun on surveillance video taken from the Monroe Game Room in Houston on Aug. 30, 2013. He and an accomplice were convicted in shooting death of Yolanda Lara, a game room employee.

Undocumented Killer Had Extensive Teen Record

Before two murders landed him in Texas prison, Obed Josafhat Rodriguez racked up a criminal history stretching back to his first arrest for stealing a car at age 12. Drug possession, armed robbery and assault charges followed, but his immigration status failed to trigger any action while he was a juvenile. This story is part of our "Bordering on Insecurity" series.

There are many busy retailers near the international bridge where pedestrians may cross in and out of the United States, in historic downtown Laredo, Tx.
There are many busy retailers near the international bridge where pedestrians may cross in and out of the United States, in historic downtown Laredo, Tx.

Border Communities Have Lower Crime Rates

For all the talk of a dangerous border, Texas counties along the Rio Grande are relatively safe, state and federal crime statistics show, and they seem to be getting even safer as more law enforcement resources pour into the area. That creates some curious anomalies in the political rhetoric of border security. This story is part of our "Bordering on Insecurity" series.

Pope Francis hugs two girls during a meeting with youths at José María Morelos y Pavón stadium in Morelia, Mexico on Feb. 16. 2016.
Pope Francis hugs two girls during a meeting with youths at José María Morelos y Pavón stadium in Morelia, Mexico on Feb. 16. 2016.

Pope Francis' Border Mass Awes El Paso Catholics

During a whirlwind, one-day visit to Ciudad Juárez on Wednesday Pope Francis delivered poignant remarks on immigration and corruption, keeping intact his reputation as a polite but no-holds-barred pontiff. But the world's first Latin American pope also put forth a message of hope and optimism for the future. 

Pope Francis hugs two girls during a meeting with youths at José María Morelos y Pavón stadium in Morelia, Mexico on Feb. 16. 2016.
Pope Francis hugs two girls during a meeting with youths at José María Morelos y Pavón stadium in Morelia, Mexico on Feb. 16. 2016.

Border Catholics Ready to Welcome Pope Francis

After weeks of planning and speculation about what Pope Francis might say during his visit to the El Paso/Ciudad Juárez area on Wednesday, hundreds of thousands of Catholics are finally ready for the all-day affair expected to touch on the themes of immigration, corruption and, most importantly, faith in Jesus Christ. 

Maria Guadalupe Perez of Juarez holds the hand of her daughter through the border fence in Juarez, Monday, February 15, 2016. Perez has not seen her daughter, Linda Rodriguez, since she was 6 months old.
Maria Guadalupe Perez of Juarez holds the hand of her daughter through the border fence in Juarez, Monday, February 15, 2016. Perez has not seen her daughter, Linda Rodriguez, since she was 6 months old.

As Ciudad Juárez Prepares for Pope's Visit, So Do Activists

On the surface, Ciudad Juárez seems to have successfully rebranded itself as an organized and friendly metropolis ahead of Pope Francis' visit here. But locals and visitors alike also hope the visit gives their agendas, whether financial, spiritual or political, fresh platforms to stand on. 

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

Scalia Was Reliable Friend to Texas Conservatives

Republican Texas officeholders saw Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who died Saturday morning, as a reliable and predictable conservative friend on the nation's highest court. He might have been on their side again in four Texas cases now pending before the court.