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Obama immigration plan could affect thousands in Texas

President Obama on Thursday said he will use his executive authority to grant millions of undocumented immigrants a work permit and a reprieve from deportation proceedings. Reactions from Republicans were swift and outraged.... Read more»

Texas border surge could continue through August

The surge of state law enforcement on Texas’ southern border will continue through August if an $86 million request made by the state’s top leaders is approved next month by budget writers. ... Read more»

Dismay rises as border agent hiring bogs down

Computer hackers and polygraph test failures have slowed hiring of 2,000 new Customs and Border Protection agents needed to help speed commerce through airports and border checkpoints.... Read more»

Texas: Renewed push to outlaw 'sanctuary cities'

A Texas state senator introduced legislation on Monday that would prohibit municipalities and other local governments from adopting policies that forbid local peace officers from enforcing federal immigration laws. That includes asking the immigration status of someone detained or arrested by a police officer. The legislation would cut off state funding for governments adopting such policies. ... Read more»1

Texas: Feds seek fewer holds on undocumented immigrants

Federal requests to hold undocumented immigrants in Texas jails longer so they can possibly be deported have dropped by the thousands, according to report released Wednesday. ... Read more»1

George W. Bush, invoking father, urges Jeb to run

Former President George W. Bush used an event designed to promote a new book to give his brother Jeb a boost. Invoking his father, Bush said: "I can speak for 41 when I say this. He ought to run for president, and he would be a great president should he win.”... Read more»

What went wrong with Battleground Texas?

Battleground Texas launched in January 2013 with the goal of turning reliably red Texas into — at minimum — a purple state where Democrats could compete. But nearly two years later, on the day after the 2014 general election, Texas looks redder than ever.... Read more»

Residents of forgotten Mexican town flee to Texas

As officials in El Paso and Ciudad Juárez celebrate a drop in crime in the Mexican border city, residents in nearby Guadalupe, Chihuahua continue fleeing to Texas in droves amid continuing violence and corruption.... Read more»

Texas lt. gov asks for price tag to expand border operations

Months after Texas beefed up its border security presence in the Rio Grande Valley and deployed the Texas National Guard there in response to a record increase in illegal crossings, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst wants to know what it would cost to expand the projects through 2016.... Read more»

An unvarnished interview with oilman T. Boone Pickens

Crude oil prices are plunging, but T. Boone Pickens isn’t surprised. The billionaire oilman has seen plenty of spikes and dips during more than 60 years in the industry, including some he predicted.... Read more»

Houston mayor: City will drop subpoenas for sermons

Houston Mayor Annise Parker announced Wednesday that the city will withdraw its subpoenas of five pastors who opposed a rule banning discrimination against gays and lesbians... Read more»

In El Paso, a mirror of Catholicism's challenges

Catholicism remains the religion of choice for most people in El Paso, but membership in the church has declined. How the church adapts to modern societal beliefs will be reflected by what happens to its membership there. ... Read more»

Program helping to reduce waits at Texas border bridges

Nine months into a federal pilot program created to reduce wait times at international ports of entry, operators of bridges on the Texas-Mexico border say it appears to be accomplishing that goal. But they also say it’s difficult to measure whether cars, trucks and pedestrians are moving faster across the border.... Read more»

Ebola crisis: Control eluded Texas leaders

Texas leaders are pointing fingers at the Obama administration for botching the Ebola response. But the state did not use its own power to restrict travel and limit possible spread of the deadly virus. ... Read more»

Analysis

Behind voter ID, federal pre-clearance

Woven into the recent federal ruling that found the state's voter photo ID law unconstitutional is a bigger question for Texas lawmakers — whether the state should have to seek federal permission when it changes election and voting laws.... Read more»

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