Immigration

“[A] dangerous game of political Russian roulette.” That’s how Texas Gov. Greg Abbott described Travis County Sheriff Sally Hernandez’s immigration policy, which was released Friday. And, this morning, Abbott told Fox News that he's directing lawmakers to draft a bill that would penalize similar policies and threatened to remove Hernandez from office.

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Congressman Henry Cuellar, a Laredo Democrat, says the U.S. Border Patrol is making recommendations to incoming President Trump for the kind of wall that might be built between Texas and Mexico.  

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Texas has allocated $800 million to stopping migrants and drugs from crossing into the U.S. during the 2016 and 2017 fiscal years. Yet these efforts may not compensate for the ongoing exchange of drugs, guns and labor.

The Texas Tribune's Bordering on Insecurity project looks at the demand for foreign workers and contraband in the United States, plus how these economic opportunities can affect the state's immigration policy. 

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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement says the release of hundreds of women and children from South Texas detention centers over the past week were scheduled as part of "normal operations"—and not in response to a court ruling last Friday barring such facilities from getting childcare licenses. Jonathan Ryan is executive director of San Antonio’s Refugee and Immigrant Center For Education and Legal Services, a group that assists these asylum-seekers. Ryan told TPR that the recent surge is far from routine.  

Arizona Rep. Matt Salmon (@RepMattSalmon) says he likes all of President-elect Donald Trump’s cabinet picks so far, and he thinks Trump sent a strong message to China by speaking with Taiwan’s president.

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