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Feds ask appeals court to let immigration plan proceed

The Obama administration Thursday asked a federal appeals court to do what a Texas-based judge didn’t: allow a controversial immigration program to move forward while the issue plays out in the courts.... Read more»

Texas: Far-reaching border security bill clears first hurdle

As a Texas House committee endorsed a broad border security bill Wednesday, its members sought to reassure critics who worried the bill would allow for someone to be prosecuted for human smuggling for driving his or her undocumented grandmother home. ... Read more»

Texas accuses Obama administration of misleading judge

Attorneys for the state of Texas say the Obama administration started granting work permits to undocumented immigrants before it said it would, and misled a federal judge about it. They're demanding more details. ... Read more»

States urge judge to keep immigration plan on hold

A coalition of states' attorneys general argued Tuesday that President Obama’s own actions should convince a federal judge to keep a controversial immigration plan on hold.... Read more»

Congress fully funds Homeland Security

The 8,900 U.S. Border Patrol agents stationed on Texas’ border with Mexico can clock in next week knowing they’re still going to get paid after Congress Tuesday voted to fund the DHS through September. ... Read more»

Texas border bill: More troopers, fewer surges

The border security bill unveiled by Texas House Republicans on Monday is supposed to end the sporadic surges and establish a systematic, consistent state law enforcement presence on the border. ... Read more»

Homeland Security funded for one more week

In a Friday night scramble with the clock running down, Congress managed to pass a stopgap measure funding the Department of Homeland Security for seven more days. The search for a more permanent solution continues.... Read more»

White House to seek stay of immigration ruling

The Obama administration will ask a court on Monday to allow the president’s controversial immigration plan to move forward after a Texas judge halted the program earlier this week. ... Read more»

Texas lawmakers: Toying with DHS funding a risky game

Texas lawmakers say that if Congress can't agree on a way to fund the Department of Homeland Security soon, the U.S. will look ridiculous to the world, and the southern border will look tempting to transnational gangs. ... Read more»

Texas leaders say state will win immigration case

At a celebratory press conference Wednesday, Greg Abbott, Ted Cruz, Ken Paxton and Dan Patrick hailed a federal judge's ruling to block President Obama's immigration plans, and confidently predicted that Texas will keep winning on appeal. ... Read more»1

Attorneys, feds mull options after immigration ruling

Immigration attorneys are telling their clients not to panic following a federal court ruling that temporarily halted President Obama’s November executive action.... Read more»

Texas DPS chief: Border surge wears on officers, resources

The multi-million dollar influx of Texas state police on the border is stemming the tide of illegal immigration, but parts of the operation are largely inefficient, the state’s top law enforcement officer told the House budget-writing committee on Wednesday.... Read more»

Texas lt. gov wants $12M to keep Guard on border

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said Tuesday that drug cartels are ramping up efforts as the Texas National Guard is preparing to leave the Rio Grande Valley next month. He's hoping to extend the Guard's presence in the region.... Read more»

Oil price plunge adds wrinkle to Mexican energy reform

Mexico is poised to open up its state-run energy monopoly to private investment. But as crude oil prices fall, will investors walk through that door? ... Read more»

Obama recruits Texans to help sell immigration plan

Texas lawmakers may be leading the charge to derail President Obama’s executive action on immigration. But the White House wants it known: Not everyone in the Lone Star State wants to scrap the policy. ... Read more»

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