A U.S. official says the number of children traveling alone who were picked up at the Mexican border by U.S. immigration authorities likely hit an all-time high in July.
The fight over Immigration Reform continues after a federal judge put a halt to new DACA applications.
On Wednesday, Abbott issued the order, allowing Texas Department of Public Safety troopers to reroute civilian vehicles back to their origin point or a port of entry, or seize the vehicles, if police suspect the driver is transporting migrants who have COVID-19.
Vice President Kamala Harris released a plan to address the “root causes” of migration amid a surge at the U.S.-Mexico border.
In a letter addressed to Tracy R. Norris, Adjutant General of the Texas National Guard, Abbott said, “As Commander-in-Chief of the military forces of the State” under Article IV, Section 7, of the Texas Constitution, the governor can “call forth the militia to execute the laws of the State.”
A local group is partnering with artists to help brighten the new homes of Afghan refugees.
Despite promises from Abbott that transparency in the crowdfunding process for the border wall would be paramount, donor information released to The Texas Tribune for the first week of collections was bereft of any way to verify the identities of the majority of the donors.
The detainees are being held at what had been an empty state prison in Dilley, Texas, about 100 miles (160.93 kilometers) north of the border city of Laredo, said Robert Hurst, a spokesman for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. He said the converted facility will be able to hold more than 950 people.
A Laredo man is facing 10 years in federal prison after arrest charges say he smuggled more than 100 undocumented immigrants in a refrigerated trailer.
Earlier this year, President Joe Biden nominated Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez to serve as director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, an agency that has been without a Senate-confirmed leader since 2017.
Sheriff’s from several border communities met with the governor Saturday to discuss some of their needs including more manpower, more jail space, and more judges.
ICE will avoid detaining most undocumented people who are pregnant, postpartum or nursing under a new policy announced Friday.
Greg Abbott and Donald Trump were in the Rio Grande Valley visiting the border in Hidalgo County and Abbott reiterated his own pledge to finish the border wall in Texas.
On Wednesday Gov. Greg Abbott will use the border as a backdrop to show former President Donald Trump his plan to secure it.
Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., has called for every illegal immigrant in the U.S. to have a pathway to citizenship.
Vice President Kamala Harris has used her first trip to the U.S.-Mexico border since taking office to call for an end to political “rhetoric” and “infighting” over immigration, an issue that Republicans have been eager to weaponize against her.
Earlier in the month, Abbott announced that state trespassing charges would be filed on those caught illegally crossing or smuggling people into Texas.
Rodney Scott wrote to agents that he will be reassigned.
Vice President Kamala Harris will travel to El Paso, Texas, on Friday to make her first visit to the U.S.-Mexico border since taking office.
Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts plans to send about two dozen state troopers to Texas later this month to help patrol the nation’s border with Mexico.