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 ...

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

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.

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. 

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. 

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, the two top lawyers for Texas spoke to the Tribune about what the state is fighting for.

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 pulled up next to him, pointed a pistol at Golvach’s head and pulled the trigger. The killing ignited a political firestorm.

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

With Pope Francis scheduled to visit Ciudad Juárez next month, the area's Catholics are speculating whether the famously outspoken pontiff will bring up hot-button social issues such as immigration, poverty and corruption.

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.

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 for their 179 guests, all unaccompanied minors who recently crossed the Texas-Mexico border. 

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.

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.”