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A new study of immigration to the United States shows that more Mexicans have returned home than have arrived here since 2009.

The report from the Washington, DC-based Pew Research Center also finds that the overall flow of Mexicans between the two countries is the smallest since the 1990s.

On 37-Mile March Over Three Days, Immigrants Slam Abbott

Nov 20, 2015
Todd Wiseman / Texas Tribune

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

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Last week, President Obama’s immigration plan suffered a setback, when a three-judge panel upheld a lower court’s injunction against it. The controversial program would have deferred deportation for more than 4 million undocumented immigrants across the country.

From Texas Standard:

Following another legal setback to President Barack Obama's immigration executive action, the Justice Department says it plans to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to review the lawsuit.


Eva Hershaw / Texas Tribune

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott says he will begin denying some state dollars to "sanctuary cities" that don't fully cooperate with U.S. immigration authorities.

Texas Activists Want Action on Immigration Issues

Nov 3, 2015
Eva Hershaw / Texas Tribune

While pro-immigrant activists pressure law enforcement authorities to take a gentler approach toward undocumented offenders in county jails, some conservatives are taking aim at Republican Gov. Greg Abbott over his decision not to act immediately to stop them.

Local Battles Brewing Over Sanctuary Cities

Nov 2, 2015
Caleb Bryant Miller / Texas Tribune

When Gov. Greg Abbott sent a public letter last week reprimanding Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez for softening her approach to detaining undocumented immigrants booked into her jails, saying it posed a “serious danger to Texans” and may require state action, it confused many immigrant rights activists.

Abbott Warns Dallas County About 'Sanctuary' Immigrant Policy

Oct 26, 2015
Shelby Knowles / The Texas Tribune

Republican Gov. Greg Abbott warned the Dallas County sheriff on Monday that her new and softer approach to dealing with undocumented immigrants who commit crimes “will no longer be tolerated in Texas,” but his office said any reforms will have to wait until 2017.

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The term "alien" is used to describe many things.

It's the monster that claws its way out of bodies in the Sigourney Weaver franchise. It's the odd-looking form with almond shaped eyes which trolls trailer parks, probing unsuspecting earthlings. One of them allegedly piloted a craft that crash-landed in Roswell, N.M. Maybe an alien will soon may ring your doorbell, shouting "trick-or-treat."

The word "alien" has many uses, but Rep. Joaquín Castro says the word has no business in the official language of the United States. He's calling for the word to be banned because he says it is dehumanizing.

 


Austin Mayor Steve Adler is among those calling on Texas state leaders to drop a lawsuit over President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration.


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Chinese immigrants who arrived at San Francisco's Angel Island were regarded as criminals, unlike Europeans who docked at Ellis Island on the opposite coast. Erika Lee talked to Think host Krys Boyd about how the first immigration laws in the U.S. targeted the Chinese -- especially laborers -- and The Making of Asian America

Mexican Government Files Brief In Birth Certificate Case

Aug 25, 2015
Josh Denmark / Texas Tribune

The denial of birth certificates to U.S. citizen children born to immigrant parents not only jeopardizes their dignity and well-being, but it could also threaten the unique relationship between Mexico and Texas, the Mexican government said in a brief tied to a lawsuit filed against the state.

In McAllen, Jeb Bush Gets Testy Over 'Anchor Baby' Questions

Aug 24, 2015
Patrick Svitek / Texas Tribune

McALLEN — The immigration debate currently consuming the presidential race found its way to this border destination Monday with a sometimes contentious visit by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who panned the proposals of Donald Trump but defended his use of a term the billionaire has injected into the 2016 race.

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An interesting immigration case is winding its way through a federal court in Austin, Texas: A group of mothers has filed suit against the chief of the state's Department of State Health Services Vital Statistics Unit, because it has refused to give their U.S.-born children birth certificates.

The issue here is not whether or not these children are U.S. citizens. They are and that's made plain by the 14th Amendment of the Constitution, which says most people born in the U.S. are automatically citizens.

Marjorie Kamys Cotera / The Texas Tribune

A federal appeals court in New Orleans is set to hear arguments over President Barack Obama's plan to protect as many as 5 million undocumented immigrants living in the U.S. from deportation.

Stella M. Chávez / KERA News

This week’s decision by a Texas judge to halt President Obama’s deportation-relief program is keeping the Mexican Consulate pretty busy. We stopped by there to find out how officials are responding and what people are saying about this legal setback.

House Speaker Straus Opposes Long-Term Deployment Of Guard At Border

Feb 18, 2015
Bob Daemmrich / Texas Tribune

A day after Gov. Greg Abbott backed extending the Texas National Guard’s stay at the Mexico border, House Speaker Joe Straus said Wednesday that he will work to make that happen but that he remained opposed to a "long-term deployment."

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WASHINGTON- House Speaker John Boehner says a federal judge's ruling temporarily blocking President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration underscores that he acted beyond his authority.

Tamir Kalifa / Texas Tribune

President Barack Obama is arguing the law and history are on his side in a legal dispute over his executive order to protect millions of immigrants from deportation.

Federal Halt On Immigration Executive Action Stalls Anti-Deportation Program

Feb 17, 2015
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WASHINGTON-- The Homeland Security Department is ceasing preparations for a program designed to shield millions of immigrants from deportation. That decision comes as a result of Monday's federal court ruling temporarily halting it.

US To Appeal Ruling Blocking Obama Immigration Plan

Feb 17, 2015
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WASHINGTON--The Justice Department will appeal a federal judge's ruling that temporarily blocked President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration, the White House said Tuesday.

Tamir Kalifa / Texas Tribune

  Gov. Greg Abbott hailed a federal judge's decision Monday to halt President Obama’s executive action on immigration — a decision that gave the state of Texas an initial victory in its battle against what state leaders call federal overreach.

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The chancellor for the University of Texas System, William McRaven, says Texans should be charged in-state tuition at Texas colleges, regardless of their immigration papers. That’s the law right now, although it’s become a hot debate among legislators who want it repealed. 

Christina Ulsh / KERA News

When President Obama told the government last month to stop deporting immigrants whose children are American citizens, half a million parents in Texas were suddenly eligible, according to the Migration Policy Institute.

Abbott Takes Lead In Suing Over Immigration Order

Dec 4, 2014
Bob Daemmrich / Texas Tribune

Leading a 17-state charge up a steep legal hill, Attorney General and soon-to-be-Gov.Greg Abbott on Wednesday filed a federal lawsuit challenging the Obama administration's moves to expand legal protections for undocumented immigrants.

Texas Lawmakers Approve $86 Million For Border Surge

Dec 1, 2014
Doualy Xaykaothao / KERA News

The state-funded buildup of law enforcement at the Texas border will continue into next year, as officials Monday approved another $86 million to keep the operation afloat.

Christina Ulsh / KERA News

Over the summer, Texas was in the spotlight for the tens of thousands of unaccompanied Central American children crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. Two years ago, Dilcia Mazariegos made a similar trek north to escape a violent home life in Guatemala. The 18-year-old is safe in Plano. But her new life in Texas is filled with challenges. It's the latest story in KERA's American Graduate series Generation One.

Doualy Xaykaothao / KERA News

Republican Gov.-elect Greg Abbott says "odds favor" that Texas will sue the Obama administration over executive actions on immigration but is stopping short of his earlier vow to file a lawsuit.

Bill Zeeble / KERA News

Catholic Charities and other advocates for immigrants are making plans to deal with 180,000 North Texans covered by the policy change President Obama unveiled Thursday night. So how’s the idea playing on both sides of the issue?

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