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In this May 2019 photo, Border Patrol agents process 1,036 men, women and children caught trying to cross the border in El Paso, Texas.

The Rio Grande Valley and the El Paso sectors remain the busiest crossing points as more than 100,000 people were either apprehended or surrendered to authorities on the U.S.-Mexico border in February, continuing an increasing trend that began last year and persists under a Biden administration that has rolled back several of former President Donald Trump's hardline policies. Read more»

Gov. Greg Abbott criticized the Biden Administration's approach to border security at a press conference at Anzalduas Park in Mission on March 9, 2021.

Saying the Biden administration’s border policies make it clear that the president doesn’t care about Americans, Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday declared that the border is in a crisis and accused the president of aiding cartels and human smugglers. Read more»

Biden’s moratorium was announced as part a review of enforcement policies within Customs and Border Protection, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services agencies. Tipton’s order does not affect the rest of that review.

A ruling by a federal judge in Texas has put an indefinite halt to President Biden’s 100-day halt to deportations. Texas AG Ken Paxton, the subject of a criminal investigation accusing him of accepting a bribe, argued the state would face financial harm if undocumented immigrants were released there. Read more»

A federal judge in Texas has temporarily blocked the Biden administration's 100-day moratorium on deportations of some undocumented immigrants. Read more» 1

Protesters walk through downtown Dallas during an immigrant rights march.

The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, is alleging that a provision in the $2.2 trillion stimulus package known as the CARES Act that denies the benefit to mixed-status families in unconstitutional. Read more»

President Donald Trump gave his daily coronavirus task force briefing Monday at the White House.

Trump tweeted Monday night that he will issue an executive order but gave few details about what it would do — or when he would issue it. Read more»

As the coronavirus pandemic spreads, so have confrontations between detainees and guards at Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention facilities across the country, the latest in Louisiana and Texas. Read more»

U.S.-Mexico border at Loredo, Texas.

The potential collapse of cross-border commerce has added border store owners to the ranks of Texas restaurateurs and other small businesses who don’t know how they’ll be able to make ends meet. Read more»

ICE is requiring lawyers to wear person protection equipment to detention facilities. That could keep the equipment out of the hands of medical personnel — or make it harder for lawyers to see their clients, some say. Read more»

The Karnes County Family Residential Center in Karnes City.

Since the coronavirus became a national emergency, federal immigration agencies have made some changes to their operations to try to minimize the spread of the virus. The Executive Office for Immigration Review announced last weekend it was suspending hearings for immigrants who are not in detention — but hearings for all other cases continue in most immigration courtrooms. Read more»

The country’s southern border will close to all nonessential travel and trade in an effort to combat the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the Trump administration announced Friday morning. Read more»

Migrants camp at the base of Paso del Norte International Bridge in Ciudad Juárez.

It was business as usual Monday on the Migrant Protection Protocols docket in federal immigration courts, and groups that work in them are raising concerns about the risk to migrants and court staff. Read more»

Migrants look over their documents at a makeshift migrant camp at the base of the Paso del Norte International Bridge in Ciudad Juárez on Oct. 3. Migrants wait close to the port of entry so they won't lose their spot in line to legally cross into the U.S. and seek asylum.

As lawmakers, immigration attorneys and advocates call for the end of the Migrant Protection Protocols, the Department of Homeland Security announced it would expand to include Brazilians. Read more»

Protestors in Austin gather in opposition to Gov. Greg Abbott's decision not to accept any refugees from Syria.

It’s not the first time Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has disagreed with the religious groups over state policy. He was also criticized in 2017 after he made Senate Bill 4, an omnibus, state-based immigration enforcement bill, a legislative priority. Read more»

Gov. Greg Abbott wrote in a letter that the state and nonprofit organizations should concentrate resources on people already in Texas.

Abbott's decision comes after more than 40 other governors said they would opt in to the federal program. Read more»

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