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Texas loses fight with feds to keep Syrian refugees out

Texas on Thursday lost its fight against the resettlement of Syrian refugees in the state, ending a months-long battle during which Syrian refugees continued to arrive.... Read more»

Bordering on insecurity

Texas scrambles to fund border security project

Despite Texas lawmakers’ urgent calls to secure the border and fill in gaps they say the federal government has left wide open, a key effort Gov. Greg Abbott deemed a priority in 2015 isn’t off the ground yet.... Read more»

Congressman Vela's 'up yours' letter to Trump wows Washington

U.S. Rep. Filemon Vela's open letter to Donald Trump, that missive challenging the presumptive Republican presidential nominee to ram a theoretical border wall up his ass, is already the stuff of Capitol Hill legend. ... Read more»

After outcry, judge delays sanctions in immigration case

The Texas-based judge that last 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.... Read more»

Texas congressman to Trump: Shove border wall 'up your ass'

"Mr. Trump, you’re a racist and you can take your border wall and shove it up your ass," Brownsville's Rep. Filemon Vela wrote in a lengthy missive to the Republican presumptive presidential nominee, Donald Trump, in an open letter Monday.... Read more»

El Paso ID effort could force local control showdown

In El Paso, local leaders hope to create a municipal ID card for the region's homeless, indigent and undocumented. But Gov. Greg Abbott has hinted that could make El Paso a so-called "sanctuary city." ... Read more»

Obama's lawyers ask Texas judge to rethink immigration order

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.... Read more»

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 in the U.S. ... Read more»

Five years later, Texas voter ID suit still moving forward

Texas’ five-year-old voter identification law — among the nation's strictest — will face a fresh round of probing Tuesday in a long-winding lawsuit that may ultimately end up at the U.S. Supreme Court.... Read more»

Border Patrol agent indicted in sweeping Texas drug probe

A U.S. Border Patrol agent was indicted this week on drug trafficking charges as part of a wide-ranging probe of dope dealers who allegedly corrupted U.S. lawmen to help them steal cocaine in Houston and deep South Texas, court records show.... Read more»

Federal judge orders ethics classes for Justice Dep't attorneys

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.... Read more»

Push to provide lawyers for immigrant children loses steam

When thousands of Central American children began flooding across the Texas border in 2014, the state’s legal community said it was ready to pitch in and help minors seeking asylum in the United States navigate a system that doesn’t guarantee a right to counsel.... Read more»

Federal border officials in El Paso accused of coercion, abuse

Federal officials stationed on the Texas-Mexico border called legal border crossers “whores” and criminals and subjected them to unwarranted searches and coercion, according to a complaint a civil liberties group submitted to the Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general Tuesday.... Read more»

Introspective Ted Cruz in no rush to back Trump

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, is making clear that he is in no rush to get behind presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, instead vowing to remain involved in the race for the White House as Trump nears the general election. ... Read more»

Time running out for new ambassador to Mexico

It took almost a year for the U.S Senate to confirm Roberta Jacobson as the country's next ambassador to Mexico, and the veteran State Department official steps into the job with the clock running down on the administration that appointed her.... Read more»

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