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Dozens of migrants, including several family units, leave on a New York City-bound bus outside a shelter in El Paso on Aug. 31, 2022. The city and county of El Paso are sponsoring (to be reimbursed by FEMA) the voluntary trips to relieve pressure on local resources and shelters.

Govs. Greg Abbott and Ron DeSantis are following a familiar playbook: Put immigration front and center in election season to take advantage of populist backlash - but using migrants as props has taken the issue to another level. Read more»

People who were apprehended by state troopers after crossing the border are brought to the International Bridge in Eagle Pass on May 28 to be handed over to Border Patrol custody.

Texas Gov. Abbott's new decision to arrest migrants and actively bring them back to the border, essentially forcing a handoff to Border Patrol, represents a broadening of the state’s role in immigration enforcement - but experts disagree on how significant it is. Read more»

Texas Department of Public Safety special agents oversee a group of four Honduran undocumented migrants who were apprehended on private property in Kinney County near Brackettville, on Nov. 9, 2021.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Thursday cleared state authorities to return migrants they apprehend to the border, setting up a potential clash with the federal government over the authority to enforce immigration law. Read more»

Department of Public Safety agents arrest an undocumented migrant after he was caught on private property as part of Operation Lone Star in Kinney County near Brackettville, on Nov. 9, 2021.

Immigration law enforcement falls under the jurisdiction of the federal government - but in recent months, a fringe legal theory has found more mainstream supporters who are calling on state leaders in Arizona and Texas to deport migrants with state resources. Read more»

A Border Patrol agent at the No More Deaths camp in 2017.

The recent death of a National Guard soldier who drowned trying to save migrants has led to increased scrutiny of the Texas Military Department’s policy discouraging service members assigned to Operation Lone Star from engaging in water rescues. Read more»

Hundreds of semitrucks headed southbound into Mexico are seen at a standstill at the Ysleta Port of Entry on Tuesday in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott ended state troopers' increased inspections of commercial vehicles at international bridges that gridlocked commercial traffic throughout the Texas-Mexico border - but the impacts on businesses and supply chains are not over. Read more»

Commercial vehicles go through the U.S. Customs and Border Protection for inspection before entering El Paso from Ciudad Juárez at the Bridge of the Americas on Friday.

Commercial vehicles trying to enter the United States to deliver products from Mexico have been backed up for hours at Texas ports of entry following Gov. Greg Abbott’s directive that state troopers increase inspections. Read more»

National Guard members oversee an area where the U.S.-Mexico border wall ends in Del Rio.

Texas Military Department leaders told the state Senate Border Security Committee they need more than half a billion dollars in state funds to continue Gov. Greg Abbott’s controversial border mission through the end of the fiscal year. Read more»

Asylum-seekers got off a bus last August in front of the Catholic Charities Humanitarian Respite Center in McAllen.

As federal officials brace for an increase of thousands more migrants at at an already busy southern border, Gov. Greg Abbott said that Texas will provide charter buses so migrants can be sent to Washington, D.C., where the Biden administration can better deal with them. Read more»

Gov. Greg Abbott’s deployment of thousands of National Guard members to the border for an extended period is an unprecedented move.

Under pressure from his political right and facing increased illegal crossings, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott deployed thousands of National Guard troops to the border. The troops face deplorable conditions and "stare into nothing." Read more»

Migrants wait to turn themselves over to National Guard and Customs and Border Protection officials in Del Rio.

Thirteen Democratic Texas congressional delegation members called for an investigation into Operation Lone Star, Gov. Greg Abbott’s highly touted border mission, following news reports of poor working and living conditions for troops, habitual pay problems, and suspected suicides. Read more»

Members of the Texas National Guard, seen here on Dec. 8, work 12- to 13-hour shifts guarding the Texas border wall, construction crews and materials near Del Rio. Thousands of National Guard troops were deployed to Del Rio after an increase in migration at the southern border.

Reports that Texas National Guard soldiers deployed to Gov. Greg Abbott's highly touted border security mission are experiencing pay delays and poor working conditions — and that some have recently died by suicide — are drawing concern from Texas lawmakers. Read more»

Marc Hearron, Senior Counsel for the Center for Reproductive Rights, and Julie Murray, Senior Staff Attorney at Planned Parenthood Federation of America, speak at a press conference outside the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 1, 2021.

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision allowing Texas’ abortion law to remain intact creates a roadmap for states that may seek to limit other constitutionally protected rights, legal experts warn. Read more»

A Wyoming-based billionaire is responsible for nearly all the donations to Gov. Greg Abbott's $54 million border wall fund. Credit:

Timothy Mellon - a member of one of America’s richest family dynasties who has previously bankrolled attempts to defend controversial immigration laws - is responsible for nearly all the donations to Gov. Greg Abbott’s $54 million border wall fund. Read more»

The move is the latest in the governor’s efforts to control what he has declared a disaster in several border counties.

In a letter to the major general of the Texas National Guard, Republican Gov. Greg Abbott said “more manpower is needed” at the border. Read more»

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