Immigration

Ryan McCrimmon / The Texas Tribune

The state of Texas can't claim an emergency to quickly grant licenses for two private detention centers holding undocumented immigrant families for the federal government, a state district judge has ruled.

On 37-Mile March Over Three Days, Immigrants Slam Abbott

Nov 20, 2015

TAYLOR — Carrying placards, chanting in Spanish and calling for a halt to deportations of people without work papers, a few dozen immigrants and activists kicked off a 37-mile “pilgrimage” Thursday from a federal detention facility to the Texas Governor’s Mansion. 

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Governors Ban Resettling Syrian Refugees

After the deadly terrorist attacks in Paris, Texas Governor Greg Abbott and a few dozen other Republican governors say they’re banning Syrian refugees from resettling in their states.  

The call to block Syrian refugees is being questioned. Some experts don't believe the governors' have the legal authority to do it. More from Houston Public Media's Syeeda Hasan. 

The Texas Tribune

Editor's note: This story has been updated.

The Obama administration on Friday asked the United States Supreme Court to review a federal appellate court's ruling that struck down the president's controversial immigration program.

The request comes exactly one year after the program, called Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents, or DAPA, was announced by the president. It would have allowed more than 4 million undocumented immigrants nationwide to apply for three-year renewable work permits and reprieves from deportation proceedings.

For 13-year old Abigail Ramirez, there is uncertainty every time she walks from school to her family’s home, just off of Airport Boulevard in East Austin.

“How would you feel if you came home one day and no one was there, an empty house? And, all you think all they just went out but then hours and hours of waiting they never come back.  I have to live in constant fear of that happening,” Abigail told O’Malley over lunch.

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