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Update, Friday afternoon: The first group of immigrant children arrived in Ellis County late Friday afternoon. 

From Texas Standard:

Undocumented immigrant women detained in the privately run T. Don Hutto Residential Detention Facility went on a hunger strike in October.

Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE), which oversees the operation, has denied there ever was a hunger strike, saying that an individual has to miss nine consecutive meals for such a protest to be called a true hunger strike.

 


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. 

Caleb Bryant Miller / Texas Tribune

A ruling from the Texas Attorney General's office has just made it more difficult to access information about the kinds of crimes undocumented immigrants have committed in Dallas County — and whether local officials turned those offenders over to federal authorities. 

Stella M. Chávez / KERA News

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.

In Austin, O'Malley Meets With Undocumented Immigrants

Nov 12, 2015
Lucy Nicholson / Reuters

Calling Donald Trump’s immigration proposals “this close to ethnic cleansing” and criticizing Hillary Clinton for “speaking out of two sides of her mouth” on the issue, Democratic presidential candidate Martin O’Malley pushed hard on the need for immigration reform after eating lunch Thursday with a family of undocumented immigrants in East Austin.

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.

From Texas Standard:

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.

 


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.

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Some immigrants have what’s known as the matricula consular, a form of identification issued in their native country. The state, however, doesn’t accept the card. Neither does Dallas County, and that has immigrant advocates worried about how the policy will affect children who need a birth certificate to enroll in school.

Stella M. Chávez / KERA News

Texas legislators are debating whether to repeal the Texas Dream Act. Signed by then-Governor Rick Perry in 2001, the law allows certain undocumented students to pay in-state tuition. A recent Texas Tribune analysis revealed that the majority of undocumented students who pay in-state tuition rates don't attend four-year universities – they’re in community colleges. And most are in school here in North Texas.

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.

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.

Doualy Xaykaothao / KERA News

Those 2,000 immigrant children will not be coming to temporary shelters in Dallas County after all, the county's top elected official announced Thursday afternoon.

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State health officials have alerted the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about a potential for the outbreak of disease in border facilities where thousands of children are being detained.

Shelley Kofler / KERA News

President Obama and Gov. Rick Perry put aside partisan differences, at least briefly, this week to share a helicopter across Dallas and discuss securing the border. The president and the governor then sat down with a group of local officials and religious leaders who are preparing to shelter 2,000 immigrant children who've been housed in cramped detention facilities. 

As the U.S. government has militarized the California and Arizona segment of the Southwest border over the last two decades, illegal crossers have moved to another area. South Texas has become the new border hot spot.

The Rio Grande Valley is also the closest route to Central America. Two-thirds of those caught crossing are from that troubled region.

The Border Patrol and local authorities are straining to keep up.

Fleeing Poverty And Murder

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Young people who are in the country illegally face many tough questions.

Can they get a job? Will they get deported?

A year ago, the Obama administration implemented a program that allows some undocumented immigrants to stay in the country temporarily. As of September, 93,277 applications from Texas have been accepted and 72,408 have been approved. But thousands more still haven’t applied.

Lauren Silverman / KERA News

There are nearly six million people in Texas without health insurance. The majority will be able to get coverage when the state marketplace opens in October, but not everyone. Undocumented immigrants won’t be able to sign up for health care through the exchange. 

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Dissecting prejudice is about as easy as picking apart a pomegranate. It’s a messy task that researchers at the University of Texas at Arlington have been working on for years.

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A Farmers Branch ordinance that would have forced renters to prove their U.S. citizenship before renting has again been rejected by the courts. But the Farmers Branch mayor wants city leaders to talk one more time about reviving the ordinance.

United We Dream

When the President stands before Congress for his State of the Union address, an undocumented immigrant from Texas will be sitting in the audience. 

Each member of Congress can invite one guest to sit in the House gallery during the speech. 

Rep. Marc Veasey, a Fort Worth Democrat, chose Julieta Garibay.   She was with her parents when they crossed the U.S.-Mexico border and entered Texas two decades ago. 

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