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 ...

Houston votes to join other Texas cities in lawsuit over new immigration law, Senate Bill 4

The floor of the state Capitol is packed with protesters opposed to Senate Bill 4, the "sanctuary cities" bill, on May 29, 2017. 
<p>The floor of the state Capitol is packed with protesters opposed to Senate Bill 4, the "sanctuary cities" bill, on May 29, 2017.&nbsp;</p>

The Houston City Council voted 10–6 Wednesday morning to join a growing lawsuit against Senate Bill 4, an immigration enforcement law that allows peace officers to question the immigration status of people they legally detain or arrest.

State Rep. Matt Rinaldi, R-Irving, on the floor of the House after a scuffle with some members of the Hispanic Caucus on the last day of the 85th Legislature, on May 29, 2017.
<p>State Rep. Matt Rinaldi, R-<span>Irving, on the floor of the House after a scuffle with some members of the Hispanic Caucus on the last day of the 85th Legislature, on May 29, 2017.</span></p>

Even before House scuffle, Rinaldi's seat was a high 2018 target for Democrats

State Rep. Matt Rinaldi, who drew national attention as part of an incident on the Texas House floor in which he said he reported protesters to ICE, represents one of 10 Republican-held House districts that Hillary Clinton won last year.

On the last day of the 85th legislative session, protesters opposed to Senate Bill 4 &mdash; the "sanctuary cities" law, fill up the rotunda of the state Capitol in Austin on May 29, 2017.
<p>On the last day of the 85th legislative session, protesters opposed to Senate Bill 4 &mdash; the "sanctuary cities" law, fill up the rotunda of the state Capitol in Austin on May 29, 2017.</p>

Republican lawmaker: I called immigration authorities on Capitol protesters

On the last day of the regular session of the Texas Legislature, hundreds protested at the Capitol — and Republican state Rep. Matt Rinaldi called ICE on them. He also nearly came to blows with Democratic colleagues. 

Protesters against Senate Bill 4, known as the "sanctuary cities" bill, hold a noon rally at the Texas Capitol on May 16, 2017.&nbsp;Organizers say they're planning a "summer of resistance" against the measure. &nbsp;&nbsp;
<p>Protesters against Senate Bill 4, known as the "sanctuary cities" bill, hold a noon rally at the Texas Capitol on May 16, 2017.&nbsp;Organizers say they're planning a "summer of resistance" against the measure. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p>

List of local governments planning to fight Texas over "sanctuary" bill growing

Leaders from El Paso County and the cities of Dallas and Austin plan to move forward with resolutions or litigation against Senate Bill 4, the state's controversial immigration law, as soon as this week, according to local officials.

U.S. Congressman Lloyd Doggett of Austin speaks at a protest in front of the Texas Governor's Mansion Monday May 8, 2017 after Gov. Greg Abbott did a private signing of SB 4 the sanctuary cities bill on Sunday. &nbsp;
<p>U.S. Congressman Lloyd Doggett of Austin speaks at a protest in front of the Texas Governor's Mansion Monday May 8, 2017 after Gov. Greg Abbott did a private signing of SB 4 the sanctuary cities bill on Sunday. &nbsp;</p>

ACLU issues Texas “Travel Advisory” after governor signs “sanctuary" bill

One of the country’s largest civil rights groups is cautioning against traveling to Texas after Gov. Greg Abbott signed what critics have called an extreme state-based immigration bill.

Monserrat Garibay of Education Austin speaks in front of the Texas Governor's Mansion on May 8, 2017, after Gov. Greg Abbott signed Senate Bill 4, known as the "sanctuary cities" bill, the night before.
<p>Monserrat Garibay of Education Austin speaks in front of the Texas Governor's Mansion on May 8, 2017, after Gov. Greg Abbott signed Senate Bill 4, known as the "sanctuary cities" bill, the night before.</p>

5 things you need to know about Texas' "sanctuary cities" ban

Gov. Greg Abbott has signed a ban on "sanctuary cities" into law. Here's what you need to know about what the provisions entail and how it will affect Texans.

State Rep. Charlie Geren, R-Ft. Worth, at the beginning of floor debate on Senate Bill 4 &mdash; the "sanctuary cities" bill &mdash; on April 26, 2017.
<p>State Rep. Charlie Geren, R-Ft. Worth, at the beginning of floor debate on Senate Bill 4 &mdash; the "sanctuary cities" bill &mdash; on April 26, 2017.</p>

Analysis: Texas Legislature flushing sanctuaries, from cities to bathrooms

Texas legislators — along with everyone watching them — expected to lock horns over transgender Texans and the bathroom bill. But the raw debate over sanctuary cities legislation could be the hallmark of this 85th Legislature.

Critics of Senate Bill 4, a bill banning sanctuary cities, protest at the Texas Capitol as the bill is scheduled to be debated before the Senate State Affairs committee on Feb. 2, 2017.
Critics of Senate Bill 4, a bill banning sanctuary cities, protest at the Texas Capitol as the bill is scheduled to be debated before the Senate State Affairs committee on Feb. 2, 2017.

Watch as Texas House committee debates anti-"sanctuary" bill

The Texas House State Affairs Committee is set to debate a bill that would gut funding from local and state entities that don’t enforce immigration laws.

Customs and Border Patrol agents constantly patrol wide gravel roads along the border fence. The traffic — which has increased as border enforcement budgets have soared — is another threat to border wildlife, according to scientists and conservationists.
Customs and Border Patrol agents constantly patrol wide gravel roads along the border fence. The traffic — which has increased as border enforcement budgets have soared — is another threat to border wildlife, according to scientists and conservationists.

Homeland Security notes sharp drop in illegal crossings in February

The Trump administration on Wednesday celebrated what the Department of Homeland Security said was an unprecedented drop in illegal crossing on the country’s Southwest border since the president took office Jan. 20.

A Travis County constable checks the time outside the county passport office. The office opens at 8 a.m., but some families start lining up as early as 5 a.m.
A Travis County constable checks the time outside the county passport office. The office opens at 8 a.m., but some families start lining up as early as 5 a.m.

Recent raids drive immigrant families to passport scramble

Fearing deportation, immigrant families are crowding passport lines across the state as undocumented parents seek U.S. passports for their American children. 

NoBanNoWall protesters crowd the south steps of the Texas Capitol Feb. 25, 2017 to rally against President Donald Trump's immigration actions.
NoBanNoWall protesters crowd the south steps of the Texas Capitol Feb. 25, 2017 to rally against President Donald Trump's immigration actions.

Thousands at Texas immigration rally told they're being heard in D.C.

Thousands of Texans gathered Saturday afternoon to protest President Trump’s refugee ban and border wall proposal, hearing from speakers like U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio, that their efforts are making a difference.

U.S. Congressman Beto O'Rourke, D-El  Paso, stands at the Mexican-American Heritage Monument at the Texas Capitol prior to the NoBanNoWall rally on Feb. 25, 2017.  Thousands of protesters were expected to voice opposition to President Donald Trump's immigration plans.
U.S. Congressman Beto O'Rourke, D-El Paso, stands at the Mexican-American Heritage Monument at the Texas Capitol prior to the NoBanNoWall rally on Feb. 25, 2017. Thousands of protesters were expected to voice opposition to President Donald Trump's immigration plans.

O'Rourke on Cruz challenge in 2018: "I really want to do this"

U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke, D-El Paso, is sailing toward a 2018 Senate campaign, an uphill battle that would pit the little-known congressman against one of the state's most prominent Republicans in the unpredictable era of President Donald Trump.