Tribpedia: Texas-Mexico Border

The Texas-Mexico border makes up 1,254 miles of the 1,900-mile-long U.S.-Mexico border. 

The vast, mostly rural expanse stretches from El Paso in the West to Brownsville in the Southeast and is delineated by the Rio Grande River.

Border communities in Texas are some of the poorest regions of the state and the nation. If Texas ...

Life on the Line: High Stakes in a Texas Smuggling Corridor

In this mini-doc shot in a high-traffic smuggling corridor, watch a "coyote" moving undocumented workers through the woods, listen to a Guatemalan teenager recount her long journey to South Texas, ride along with a busy team of U.S. Border Patrol agents, roll through a Mexican border town wracked by cartel violence and listen to a rancher explain the rules of border survival. This film is part of our Bordering on Insecurity project.   

Tomas Martinez, with GLAHR, a grass roots organization from Atlanta, chants to excite the crowd in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., on Monday, 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 deferred action initiatives, DAPA and expanded DACA.
Tomas Martinez, with GLAHR, a grass roots organization from Atlanta, chants to excite the crowd in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., on Monday, 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 deferred action initiatives, DAPA and expanded DACA.

After Outcry, Judge Delays Sanctions Against Obama Administration in Immigration Case

The Texas-based judge that earlier this year put a hold on President Obama’s executive order on immigration decided on Tuesday to also suspend a controversial punishment he had recently issued to the administration’s attorneys.

 

Group gathered from all around Texas and marched to the Governor's Mansion to show their support fro DACA and DAPA
Group gathered from all around Texas and marched to the Governor's Mansion to show their support fro DACA and DAPA

Civil Rights Groups Ask Appeals Court to Block Judge's Immigration Order

A coalition of civil and immigrant rights groups on Friday asked an appeals court to stop a federal judge’s order that requires the Obama administration to turn over the confidential information of thousands of undocumented immigrants.

Protestors left their signs on the fence surrounding the South Texas Family Residential Center near Dilley, Texas on May 2, 2015.
Protestors left their signs on the fence surrounding the South Texas Family Residential Center near Dilley, Texas on May 2, 2015.

Judge Blocks License for Detention Facility

Immigrant rights groups were handed a significant victory on Wednesday when a Travis County judge ruled that the state temporarily cannot license an immigration detention center as a childcare facility.

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.

Obama Administration Asks Texas Judge To Put Immigration Order on Hold

The Obama administration has asked a Brownsville-based judge to rethink an order that requires the federal government to turn over the private information of thousands of undocumented immigrants.

St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, which sits two blocks from Bridge of the Americas in El Paso, is one of several shelters in place for Cuban immigrants that have been arriving to Texas in record numbers.
St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, which sits two blocks from Bridge of the Americas in El Paso, is one of several shelters in place for Cuban immigrants that have been arriving to Texas in record numbers.

As El Paso Sees Surge of Cuban Migrants, Calls for Policy Shift Grow Louder

As El Paso draws record numbers of Cubans seeking refuge, the city's Democratic congressman said he favors repealing a decades-old provision that gives those migrants a special status here. 

Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan look on as President Obama delivers his final State of the Union address on Jan. 12, 2016.
Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan look on as President Obama delivers his final State of the Union address on Jan. 12, 2016.

Judge Orders Ethics Classes for Justice Department Attorneys in Immigration Case

The Brownsville-based judge who halted President Obama’s 2014 executive action on immigration has decided that ethics classes are in order for the attorneys who defended the policy.

 

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 the controversial DAPA case, the court's decision is unpredictable.

Coal from the Dos Republicas site in rural Maverick County is carried by train through the center of Eagle Pass, Texas, and across the border into Mexico where it can be sold.
Coal from the Dos Republicas site in rural Maverick County is carried by train through the center of Eagle Pass, Texas, and across the border into Mexico where it can be sold.

Native American Groups Unite Against Coal Mine

Several Native American tribes who say their ancestral lands are being destroyed by a Maverick County coal mine are joining forces in an effort to stop its operation. 

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 Effort to Wipe Out Carrizo Cane Reignites Environmental 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.