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 ...

Scalia Was Reliable Friend to Texas Conservatives

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

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. Here's a closer look at where those cases stand.

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 prompted heated calls for vastly different solutions. This story is part of our "Bordering on Insecurity" series.

Republican candidates incumbent Byron Cook, left, and Thomas McNutt, right, run in the 2016 election for Texas House District 8.
Republican candidates incumbent Byron Cook, left, and Thomas McNutt, right, run in the 2016 election for Texas House District 8.

Bongs, Fruitcakes Energize Central Texas House Race

Fourteen years after first being elected to the Texas House, state Rep. Byron Cook, R-Corsicana, faces what some consider his toughest primary battle to date. Thomas McNutt is trying to unseat the incumbent using wedge issues such as immigration and Cook's support for House Speaker Joe Straus

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.

Lawyers for Texas Talk Strategy on SCOTUS Immigration Hearing

As the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to hear a case challenging President Barack Obama's executive order on illegal immigration, Solicitor Attorney General Scott Keller and Chip Roy, the first assistant attorney general, spoke to the Tribune about what the state is fighting for.

Molly White, left, and Hugh Shine, right, face off in state House District 55.
Molly White, left, and Hugh Shine, right, face off in state House District 55.

Molly White, Hugh Shine Get Personal in House Race

Incumbent Tea Party darling state Rep. Molly White and challenger Hugh Shine are clamoring to tell voters about the personal experiences they say most qualify them as the most ardent foes of abortion and illegal immigration. Shine is trying to reclaim the Central Texas seat White has held for just one term.

Indicted Border Patrol Agent Has Two Birth Certificates

In an unusual twist to an already unusual case, federal immigration authorities are questioning the nationality of a U.S. Border Patrol agent accused of capital murder and drug cartel ties in deep South Texas. The agent's lawyer told the Tribune that his client has two birth certificates but insisted he was born in Texas, not Mexico.

A Customs and Border Protection vehicle patrols on the Texas border near the Rio Grande, Thursday, July 24, 2014, in Mission, Texas. Texas is spending $1.3 million a week for a bigger DPS presence along the border.
A Customs and Border Protection vehicle patrols on the Texas border near the Rio Grande, Thursday, July 24, 2014, in Mission, Texas. Texas is spending $1.3 million a week for a bigger DPS presence along the border.

As Feds Plan to Cut Border Monitoring, Texas Officials Ask Why

Gov. Greg Abbott and U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar, a Laredo Democrat, pressed the Department of Homeland Security on Monday to explain why the agency plans to reduce its aerial surveillance on the Texas-Mexico border.

Dan Golvach, father of Spencer Golvach,  at his son's grave in Houston Tuesday, October 20, 2015.
Dan Golvach, father of Spencer Golvach, at his son's grave in Houston Tuesday, October 20, 2015.

Houston Slayings Fueled Border Security Debate

One year ago today, Spencer Golvach waited for the green light at a Houston intersection. An undocumented Mexican national — repeatedly thrown out of the country for multiple criminal convictions — pulled up next to him, pointed a pistol at Golvach’s head and pulled the trigger. The killing lit a political firestorm over illegal immigration that has not abated.

A cardboard cutout of His Holiness Pope Francis  greets residents of Ciudad Juárez on January 16, 2016. Pope Francis will visit the border city in February as part of a six-day tour of Mexico.
A cardboard cutout of His Holiness Pope Francis greets residents of Ciudad Juárez on January 16, 2016. Pope Francis will visit the border city in February as part of a six-day tour of Mexico.

Border Catholics Wonder What Message Pope Francis Will Bring

As preparations continue for Pope Francis' visit next month to Ciudad Juárez, the region's Catholics are speculating whether the outspoken pontiff will use the opportunity to take the Mexican and U.S. governments to task for issues such as immigration, poverty and corruption.

Video: Educating the New Demographic Majority

At our 1/22 symposium on urban public education, I talked about the intersection of policy and population with Juan Cabrera, superintendent of the El Paso Independent School District, Richard Carranza, superintendent of the San Francisco Unified School District, Michael Hinojosa, superintendent of the Dallas Independent School District, and Elena Izquierdo, associate professor of bilingual/biliteracy education at the University of Texas at El Paso.

 

Nina Perales of MALDEF and others from the Texas Latino Redistricting Task Force present proposal for two new Latino-majority congressional seats in Texas.
Nina Perales of MALDEF and others from the Texas Latino Redistricting Task Force present proposal for two new Latino-majority congressional seats in Texas.

Texas Faces Lawsuit Over Provision of Border Security Law

Taking aim at a new Texas law making it a state felony to harbor undocumented immigrants, a national civil rights group announced Monday that it is suing the state. The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund filed suit Sunday against Gov. Greg Abbott, Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steve McCraw and the Texas Public Safety Commission, which oversees the DPS. 

Immigrants and activists participate in press conference and rally on Nov. 19, 2015, before a 37-mile march designed to show support for immigration reform. The marchers planned to walk for three days, from the federal immigration detention facility in Taylor to the Texas Governor's Mansion in downtown Austin.
Immigrants and activists participate in press conference and rally on Nov. 19, 2015, before a 37-mile march designed to show support for immigration reform. The marchers planned to walk for three days, from the federal immigration detention facility in Taylor to the Texas Governor's Mansion in downtown Austin.

U.S. Supreme Court to Consider Obama's Immigration Program

The U.S. Supreme Court decided on Tuesday to consider the Obama administration’s controversial immigration program, which has been on hold for nearly a year after being blocked by a Texas-based federal judge.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Gov. Greg Abbott (R-Texas) speak at a press conference in the Capitol about Sen. Cruz’s Terrorist Refugee Infiltration Prevention Act of 2015 (S. 2302), in Washington, D.C., Dec. 8, 2015.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Gov. Greg Abbott (R-Texas) speak at a press conference in the Capitol about Sen. Cruz’s Terrorist Refugee Infiltration Prevention Act of 2015 (S. 2302), in Washington, D.C., Dec. 8, 2015.

Abbott Jumped Gun on Terror Suspect Arrest

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott discussed details about a terror suspect arrested in Texas Thursday while the case was still sealed, but a federal prosecutor downplayed the impact. 

Gov. Greg Abbott is shown in November 2015 proposing reforms against "sanctuary cities" that he wants Texas lawmakers to consider in the 2017 legislative session.
Gov. Greg Abbott is shown in November 2015 proposing reforms against "sanctuary cities" that he wants Texas lawmakers to consider in the 2017 legislative session.

Houston Iraqi Refugee ID'd As Terror Suspect

Gov. Greg Abbott renewed his call for better vetting of refugees after an Iraqi man was arrested in Houston for alleged connections to the Islamic State.

In 2014, a Catholic Charities shelter at Sacred Heart Church in McAllen helped hundreds of displaced immigrants who had crossed the Texas-Mexico border.
In 2014, a Catholic Charities shelter at Sacred Heart Church in McAllen helped hundreds of displaced immigrants who had crossed the Texas-Mexico border.

U.S. Plans Raids to Deport Families who Surged Across Border

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The Department of Homeland Security has begun preparing for a series of raids that would target for deportation hundreds of families who have flocked to the United States since the start of last year, according to people familiar with the operation.

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

Texas-Mexico Border Apprehensions Dipped in 2015

The number of people apprehended by immigration agents while trying to enter Texas illegally dropped by more than 35 percent during the federal government’s 2015 fiscal year, according to Department of Homeland Security statistics released Tuesday. That's unlikely to allay the concerns of Texas' GOP leaders.

Nearly 180 unaccompanied immigrant children from Central America who crossed the Texas-Mexico border are temporarily staying at the Sabine Creek Ranch in Rockwall County.
Nearly 180 unaccompanied immigrant children from Central America who crossed the Texas-Mexico border are temporarily staying at the Sabine Creek Ranch in Rockwall County.

In Time for Christmas, Ranch Opens Beds to Migrant Kids

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At the Sabine Creek Ranch in Rockwall County, owners Eddie and Sarah Walker are preparing a special Christmas Eve dinner with tamales followed by an evening of caroling for their 179 guests, all unaccompanied minors who recently crossed the Texas-Mexico border. Officials with Health and Human Services’ Office of Refugee Resettlement say the children left their homes in Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala and elsewhere in Central America to flee gang violence and poverty.

“For us it was no question,” Eddie Walker said. “Initially, I was seeing reports on the news of kids in border patrol offices, crammed together at different ages, and I’m sitting here with 300 beds in the backyard.”

Read the full story at KERA News.

U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Laredo, at a Texas Tribune Event on UT San Antonio Campus, Sept. 24, 2014.
U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Laredo, at a Texas Tribune Event on UT San Antonio Campus, Sept. 24, 2014.

Cuellar: Budget Deal Includes Foreign Aid To Stem Illegal Immigration

In a rare bipartisan compromise on illegal immigration, the next federal budget will provide nearly $1 billion in funding for Mexico and Central America to help stop the flow of undocumented migrants to the United States, U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar announced Wednesday. 

Protesters block a rear entrance to Texas Governor Rick Perry's office on the second floor protesting HB12 the so-called "sanctuary cities" bill winding its way through the Senate on May 25, 2011.
Protesters block a rear entrance to Texas Governor Rick Perry's office on the second floor protesting HB12 the so-called "sanctuary cities" bill winding its way through the Senate on May 25, 2011.

State Explores Flexing Legal Muscles on Immigration

Crafted carefully, state laws can be written that would allow Texas to crack down on undocumented immigrants and illegal border crossers without running afoul of the U.S. Constitution, a state attorney told lawmakers recently, including legislation to ban "sanctuary cities."

A child walks in a United Nations refugee camp in Turkey where thousands of Syrian refugees reside.
A child walks in a United Nations refugee camp in Turkey where thousands of Syrian refugees reside.

DPS Chief: Refugee Concerns Extend Beyond Syrians

Despite Texas Republicans’ laser focus on keeping Syrian refugees from being resettled here, the head of the state's Department of Public Safety says he’d prefer a wider lens that focuses on all countries connected to “Islamic extremist terrorism.”

Advocates and community members attended a Texas Department of Family and Protective Services hearing on Dec. 9, 2015, to speak out against Texas licensing immigrant detention centers as child-care facilities.
Advocates and community members attended a Texas Department of Family and Protective Services hearing on Dec. 9, 2015, to speak out against Texas licensing immigrant detention centers as child-care facilities.

Emotional Testimony Targets Plan to License Detention Centers

As state officials consider licensing two private detention facilities as approved residential centers for undocumented children, they heard several hours of testimony in opposition to the move Wednesday.