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Detainees in a holding cell at a U.S. Customs and Border Protection processing facility on June 18, 2014, in Brownsville.

When Gov. Rick Perry signed legislation in 2001 making Texas the first state where some undocumented immigrants could pay in-state college tuition rates, it signaled his acknowledgement that a population living in the shadows should be able to contribute to the state’s success. Perry’s compassion was tempered, however, by frustration with a broken immigration system that put state lawmakers on the spot deciding how to help Texans brought to the country illegally as children through no fault of their own. Read more» 2

U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents at a processing facility in Brownsville on June 18, 2014.

Federal immigration agents apprehended nearly 97,000 more people trying to enter the U.S. illegally through Texas’ southern border during the 2014 fiscal year than they did in 2013, the Department of Homeland Security announced on Friday. Read more»

Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst delivering his concession speech after losing his re-election bid on May 27, 2014.

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»

Candidate for Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst addresses the media in the parking lot of an Austin HEB before voting early in the 2014 runoffs, May 19, 2014.

In a speech in Washington, D.C., on Friday, outgoing Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst doubled down on claims that Muslim prayer rugs had been found on the Texas-Mexico border. His comments follow a panel discussion on border security last week where he suggested Islamic extremists might be coming into the U.S. from Mexico. Read more» 1

Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst comes out to greet crowd after loosing his reelection bid to Sen. Dan Patrick.

Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst issued a harsh rebuke of the Mexican government on Thursday for issuing what he called an “offensive” statement on the border surge that coincided with the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Read more»

State Senator Dan Patrick at runoff election party in Houston, Tuesday May 27, 2014

Tea Party-backed candidate state Sen. Dan Patrick became the Republican candidate for Texas lieutenant governor on Tuesday, soundly defeating three-time incumbent Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst in a bitterly fought runoff election. Read more»

Lieutenant Governor of Texas David Dewhurst speaks at the GOP Watch Party.

David Dewhurst’s dream ended like a fairy tale: The clock struck 12 and the lieutenant governor’s bid for conservative redemption came to pieces. Read more»

As the U.S. Supreme Court weighs whether to uphold certain provisions of SB 1070, a recent ruling has opened the door for opponents of the law to make new arguments against it no matter what the court rules. Read more»

U.S. Senate candidates Ted Cruz (left) and David Dewhurst.

A suggestion by a Univision reporter that U.S. Senate candidates Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and former state Solicitor General Ted Cruz debate in Spanish has taken on a life of its own. Read more»

Romney at a rally in Arizona, April 20.

To no one’s surprise, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney received the final jewel in the crown of his nomination quest on Tuesday — Texas awarded him 97 delegates in Tuesday’s primary. Read more»

U.S. Senate candidates Ted Cruz and David Dewhurst

A new radio ad from Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst brought race and illegal immigration to the forefront of the U.S. Senate race in that state Friday, the last day of early voting before Tuesday's primary. Read more»

Texas Gov. Rick Perry

Gov. Rick Perry, who bitterly clashed with Mitt Romney on the Republican presidential primary campaign trail, voted for the former Massachusetts governor Wednesday and predicted he would prevail in November. Read more»