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 ...

In Time for Christmas, Ranch Opens Beds to Migrant Kids

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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.

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.

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.”

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.

Scott Keller, the Texas Solicitor General, speaks to reporters after delivering oral arguments before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in New Orleans.
Scott Keller, the Texas Solicitor General, speaks to reporters after delivering oral arguments before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in New Orleans.

State Wants More Time for Immigration Appeal

The Texas Attorney General’s office is asking the U.S. Supreme Court for an extra 30 days to respond to the Obama Administration's appeal of lower court rulings that have blocked controversial changes in immigration enforcement.

Immigrants and activists begin a 37-mile march to Austin on Nov. 19, 2015 to show their 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 begin a 37-mile march to Austin on Nov. 19, 2015 to show their 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.

On 37-Mile March, Immigrants Slam Abbott

Carrying placards, chanting in Spanish and calling for a halt to deportations of people without work papers, a few dozen immigrants and activists began their 37-mile “pilgrimage” Thursday from a federal detention facility to the Texas Governor’s Mansion.