Nationwide, students and their allies have been mobilizing to make their college and university campuses safe for undocumented and DACAmented students, following the election of Donald Trump. But in Texas, Gov. Greg Abbott has threatened to financially starve any college and university that tries to join their effort. “Texas will not tolerate sanctuary campuses or cities,”… Continue »

The Texas legislative sessions adjourned on June 1, and the immigrant community got the news they had been waiting for. The push to repeal the Texas Dream Act was defeated, securing in-state tuition as a benefit that undocumented students across Texas can continue to take advantage of. This is significant victory, especially for the state… Continue »

SB1819, a bill to end the Texas DREAM Act, which has been a priority of Republican Lt. Governor Dan Patrick, appears to be losing some momentum. At the time of this writing, SB1819 is not present in the Senate’s intent calendar, a possible indication that the Republican majority has yet to gather the votes it… Continue »

Despite Opposition from the Left and the Right, Texas Legislature Moves Forward with Efforts to Repeal State Dream Act Opposition to the Texas Dream Act repeal effort continues to mount.  In recent weeks, a growing and diverse coalition of voices have come together to speak out against SB1819, a bill that promises to terminate in-state tuition… Continue »

Cross-posted from Huffington Post: The battle of the Texas Dream Act continues. A bill known as SB1819, sponsored by Texas Republican Senators Donna Campbell, Tom Creighton, and Lois Kolkhorst, is headed for the Senate floor to be heard and voted upon. A priority of Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, who promised to repeal the law that has served… Continue »

Texas Republican legislators could be on the verge of repealing a landmark law, signed into law by Gov. Rick Perry almost 15 years ago, which granted in-state tuition to DREAMers. Perry’s reaction to the news this time – unlike his ardent defense of the law during the 2012 debate – was the verbal equivalent of… Continue »

Texas was first in the nation to pass a state-level DREAM Act. Now, if Republican legislators have their way, it could be first to repeal it. Passed by a bipartisan vote in the legislature, and then signed by Republican Gov. Rick Perry in 2001, the DREAM Act has allowed thousands of undocumented students access to… Continue »

With 2016 Presidential Wannabes in the Hot Seat on Immigration, How Will the 2016 GOP Field Respond? Republicans in the Texas State Legislature seem intent on repealing the Texas Dream Act, legislation that enables eligible high school students from Texas who are undocumented to pay in-state tuition rates to attend the state’s public universities.  Texas was… Continue »

As we noted Friday, Republicans in Texas are considering repealing the state DREAM Act. The first hearing on repeal legislation takes place today. That should have national implications and there’s a very good chance the Texas DREAM Act will be debated during the GOP presidential contest, as it was in 2012.  Today, the New York… Continue »

Republicans in Texas are leading an effort to repeal the Texas Dream Act, which was signed into law by Governor Rick Perry in 2001. SB 1819, a bill that promises to terminate in-state tuition rates and state financial assistance to all undocumented students across the Lone Star State, is currently sailing through the State Senate.… Continue »