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Texas provides 2,000 vaccines for child detainees

In light of a recent surge of undocumented immigrants crossing the southern border of Texas, the state has sent 2,000 state-purchased flu vaccines to a federal shelter housing unaccompanied minors.... Read more»

Texas Gov. Rick Perry warns of 'Trail of Tears' from Central America

Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Monday warned that if Central American leaders do not heed the call to stop their citizens from flooding across the Texas-Mexico border, the summer months will bear witness to a “trail of tears” caused by a surge of dead migrants.... Read more»

Texas officials: Immigrant surge is a medical crisis

As immigrants — many of them unaccompanied minors — surge across the Texas-Mexico border, health officials warn of a looming medical crisis.

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White House under fire for proposed solution to immigrant surge

A White House plan to deal with the influx of migrants illegally crossing Texas’ southern border is being met with criticism by progressive immigrants’ rights groups and conservative lawmakers.... Read more»

Texas among nation's worst water polluters

Texas is the second-biggest water polluter in the country, in terms of pounds released. But when the toxicity of the pollution is factored in, Texas jumps to the top of the list — and it’s not even close.... Read more»

Texas DPS offers details on new border operation

A day after state leaders announced a directive to the Texas Department of Public Safety to increase its efforts along the border with Mexico, the agency discussed its new mission, saying it would not include enforcing immigration laws, as it lacks that authority.... Read more»

Texas announces surge in patrols on border

The Texas Department of Public Safety has been instructed to immediately increase its efforts to secure the Texas-Mexico border with a $1.3 million-per-week operation. The directive from state leaders is in response to the recent surge of undocumented immigrants breaching the Texas-Mexico border,... Read more»

Texas legislators call for special session on border security

Texas State Rep. Jonathan Stickland said Monday that he and other conservative lawmakers are seeking a special legislative session to address the influx of undocumented immigrants.... Read more»

Texas AG asks feds for $30M for emergency border operation

Saying the U.S. Border Patrol is overwhelmed by an influx of minors crossing the border illegally, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has asked the Obama administration for $30 million for state-based border security operations.... Read more»

Feds ask El Paso shelters to house undocumented immigrants

As an influx of undocumented immigrants arrives in El Paso from the Rio Grande Valley, federal officials are looking for help from local shelters and immigrants’ rights groups.... Read more»

Border charity seeks to educate others about Mexican bureaucracy

Officials with a Texas-based nonprofit operating a binational charity learned a difficult lesson about running a facility in Juárez, Mexico. A misunderstanding led to the removal of the facility’s 40 children with special needs. What happened to them, they said, could happen to others if they are unprepared. ... Read more»

Instructions set for deferred action renewal

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services on Thursday released official instructions on how to renew the two-year deferred action status for the estimated 560,000 undocumented immigrants enrolled in the program.... Read more»

Task force to address surge in child migrants crossing border

The increase of unaccompanied children caught crossing the Mexican border into the U.S. has prompted the Obama administration to create a multiagency task force to address the issue.

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Texas senator tours Ciudad Juárez in low-key trip to Mexico

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn made his first-ever trip to Ciudad Juárez on Friday and said he felt safe in the border city. He said that was partially due to U.S. help in Mexico, and also said the U.S. bears some responsibility for the violence.... Read more»

Changes to specialized visas could impact border cities

Treaty investor visas allow foreign nationals to live and work in the U.S. if they make substantial investments here. Some visa holders are crying foul over new renewal requirements, and some advocates worry the changes could impact some border cities’ economies.... Read more»

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