Immigration

The recently released Texas Lyceum Poll shows Donald Trump leading Hillary Clinton in Texas by just 7 points.  That puts Clinton closer to the leading candidate than any Democratic presidential candidate running in Texas for decades. 

Joshua Blank is the manager of polling and research for the recent Lyceum poll and the Texas Politics Project at the University of Texas Austin.

He talked with Texas Public Radio’s Shelley Kofler about one big issue that may be driving the numbers- immigration.   

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A Mexican immigrant, who was being held at the Bexar County Jail, is suing the sheriff.  He claims his federal rights were violated because he was held for a long time without being officially charged.  The case raises questions on the authority local law enforcement has in detaining immigrants who have entered the country illegally.

To carry out his hard-line immigration policy, Donald Trump proposed hiring 5,000 additional Border Patrol agents and tripling the number of "deportation officers."

But that would continue an already decade-long expansion of the government agencies responsible for those tasks — even as the number of illegal border crossers has shrunk dramatically. That's not even to mention the billions of dollars it would cost to build a brick-and-mortar wall across the length of the entire U.S.-Mexico border.

Here are six things to consider:

Would a President Donald Trump attempt to forcefully remove an estimated 11 million people from the United States?

Three days after Trump's campaign first hinted it was reconsidering walking back from a core campaign promise, the answer still isn't clear.

Joey Palacios / Texas Public Radio

It was two summers ago that we saw the tremendous surge of unaccompanied minors and young mothers with children crossing the Rio Grande. They were fleeing out of control gang violence in Central America and surrendering to the first border agent they could find. The numbers of the children and women overwhelmed the immigration system.


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