Immigration

Latin American, Asian Figures Diverge In Texas Immigration Report

May 14, 2015
Eddie Seal / The Texas Tribune

Following the dramatic increase in the number of Asians migrating to Texas, the state demographer found that a new pattern of immigration is emerging in the state. 

Though people born in Latin American countries continue to make up the largest group of immigrants in Texas, the rate at which they are moving to the state has decreased in the last decade. Meanwhile, the percentage of immigrants moving to the state from Asia has more than doubled in recent years, according to a report released Thursday by State Demographer Lloyd Potter and his staff. 

“With this shift in immigrant origins, the immigration stream to Texas has become much more diverse than in the past,” Potter said. 

Joey Palacios / Texas Public Radio

SAN ANTONIO — A federal judge has denied a temporary restraining order sought by three immigrant mothers who alleged retaliation against them for participation in a hunger strike at a South Texas detention center.

The three women, who are from Latin America and seeking asylum, sought the restraining order as part of a of a class-action complaint against U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials and the private operator of the Karnes City Residential Center.

During a Thursday hearing, the women testified they were held in isolation in the center clinic.

Gage Skidmore / CC

HOUSTON — Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush declared Wednesday that 11 million immigrants in the country illegally should have an opportunity to stay, wading yet again into his party’s contentious immigrant debate.

In tone and substance, Bush stands out among the many Republicans lining up for the GOP’s next presidential primary, where conservatives who oppose an immigration overhaul often hold outsized influence. As he moves toward a presidential campaign, the brother and son of former presidents has not backed away from his defense of immigrants in the country illegally and a policy that would allow them to attain legal status under certain conditions.

“We’re a nation of immigrants,” Bush said at the National Christian Hispanic Leadership Conference that brought several hundred Hispanic evangelical leaders to Houston this week. “This is not the time to abandon something that makes us special and unique.”

Paul Flahive / Texas Public Radio

This week on Fronteras: 

--A look at how undocumented immigrants without social security numbers pay taxes, and why the IRS doesn’t disclose their identities.

--A legal border crossing in Texas stimulates economies and relations on both sides as it celebrates the second anniversary of its opening.

--Mexican teachers experience Houston classrooms in an international, cultural exchange program.

--A unique protest in support of an arrested Cuban artist brings museums together in solidarity.

The Fences Where Spain And Africa Meet

Apr 16, 2015

On a rocky beach in North Africa, a chain-link fence juts out into the Mediterranean Sea.

This is one of Africa's two land borders with Europe, at two Spanish cities on the African continent. Ceuta and Melilla are Spanish soil — and thus part of the European Union — separated from the rest of Europe by the Mediterranean, and separated from the rest of Africa by huge fences.

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