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Congressional inaction leaves border communities hoping for funds

Congress left towns and counties on the Texas-Mexico border hanging last week when it adjourned without sending a supplemental budget measure to the president. The local governments have used their own resources since last spring to care for thousands of immigrants flooding into their communities, and they had hoped Congress would reimburse local taxpayers.... Read more»

Border violence prompts railroad to seek waiver

Union Pacific, one of the country’s largest freight railroads, is requesting permission from the federal government to adjust its operations in Texas because of violence on the Mexican side of the border, including the fatal shooting in May of a train yard worker in Ciudad Juárez.... Read more»

Time runs out for Congress to address border crisis

Lawmakers spent hours earlier debating the merits of a border bill. But CSPAN reported that House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, failed to garner enough support from his GOP colleagues, who argued the measure was not strong enough.... Read more»

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Perry's border plan — and a political one

Texas Gov. Rick Perry said a plan to send National Guard troops to the state’s border with Mexico was necessary because the federal government isn’t doing enough there. The move could also address a political weak spot he discovered in his 2012 presidential run.... Read more»

Texas cities pushing back on border surge

City Councilwoman Heidi Thiess of League City swung into action shortly after she saw media reports of Central American children sleeping in detention centers along the Texas-Mexico border. She wrote a resolution barring any immigrant from being housed on an emergency basis in her city. A handful of Texas communities have followed suit.... Read more»

Texas gov will activate up to 1,000 Guard troops

Gov. Rick Perry will announce Monday that he is sending up to 1,000 National Guard troops to help beef up security along the Texas-Mexico border, two people with knowledge of the decision have confirmed.... Read more»1

Lost in pressing crisis: Perpetual immigration issues

As attention centers on the thousands of unaccompanied minors crossing the Texas-Mexico border, activists in the Rio Grande Valley are working hard to ensure that their ongoing campaigns continue to gain traction after the current crisis subsides.... Read more»

Undocumented journalist faces uncertain future

For years, Jose Antonio Vargas has drawn attention to the plight of undocumented immigrants in the United States. Now, after being temporarily detained in Texas near the Mexican border, he faces an uncertain future, as he and supporters wait for the federal government to decide whether to deport him or let him stay.... Read more»

Texas Dems divided over border crisis bill

Proposed legislation to address the surge of unaccompanied Central American children crossing into the U.S. is dividing Texas’ border lawmakers.

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Vigil near Texas migrant shelter sparks concerns

Immigrant rights groups began a three-day vigil in McAllen, Texas on Thursday in support of the thousands of unaccompanied and undocumented Central American children in Texas detention centers.

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Obama, Texas gov discuss solutions to immigration crisis

During a meeting Wednesday, President Obama urged Gov. Rick Perry to support his call for more funds for border resources. Perry urged the president to address policies he says have made Texas a magnet for illegal activity.... Read more»

Texas Dems say GOP stalling aided immigrant influx

Texas border Democrats are pushing back against Republicans who have said that current White House policies are responsible for the swell of Central American migrants breaching the U.S.-Mexico border.... Read more»

Texas Gov. Perry and Obama will meet to discuss border crisis

Texas Gov. Rick Perry will meet with President Obama on Wednesday to discuss the continuing crisis on the border, an aide to the governor confirmed Tuesday.... Read more»

Woman settles part of border cavity search lawsuit for $1.1 million

A woman who sued a border-area hospital and agents with U.S. Customs and Border Protection after being subjected to what she argued was an unwarranted body cavity search for drugs has settled part of the lawsuit for $1.1 million.... Read more»

Video: Texas gov implies 'conspiracy' on border crisis

On ABC News ‘This Week,’ Texas Gov. Rick Perry told host Martha Raddatz that the Obama Administration is failing on border security and that the President’s response is “about five years too late.”... Read more»

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