German immigration had a major impact on the settlement of early Texas. The settlers came in droves as they sought land and opportunity. Many of the immigrants caught the bug to come to Texas from reading a book about the opportunities, nature and landscape of the Texas frontier. It was "Journey to Texas, 1833" by a German immigrant to Texas, D. T. F. (Detlef Thomas Friedrich) Jordt, aka Detlef Dunt.

As immigration emerges as a top issue on the presidential campaign trail, all this week Here & Now is looking at the U.S. immigration system. So often, the debate over immigration centers on those who are here illegally. But the majority of immigrants to the United States come legally. More often than not, it’s a complicated process that can take many years.

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The idea of brithright citizenship has been the norm in this Country since  the 14th Amendment was passed more than a century ago.

This political cycle, as with cycles passed, the constitutionality and practicality of the idea is being challenged from the right, first by GOP front runner Donald Trump. 

U.S. Immigration By The Numbers

Aug 24, 2015

Immigration has been a top issue in the presidential campaign so far, so all this week, Here & Now is looking at the U.S. immigration system, starting first with the numbers.

Host Jeremy Hobson talks with Marc Rosenblum, deputy director of the U.S. Immigration Policy Program at the Migration Policy Institute, about immigrants in the U.S. – where they’re coming from and how the demographics – and numbers – have changed over the years.

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Since last summer's influx of migrants from Central and South America, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has been detaining asylum seekers in private detention centers in Karnes City and Dilley, TX.  The facilities are marketed as family-friendly, but legal advocates for the detained have been working to shine a light on the deficiencies.  They aren't alone.