As the federal government and state legislatures try to expand the role of police in immigration enforcement, state and local police are pushing back. In Texas, Illinois, California, and elsewhere, law enforcement leaders are speaking out against proposals to gut their community policing policies and require them to... Continue »
A day before the Texas House is set to vote on a bill that would ban so-called "sanctuary cities," law enforcement officials from across the state lined up Thursday to oppose the legislation. Continue »
Law enforcement leaders from border states are warning states like Indiana not to take on illegal immigration laws like Arizona. Members of the Law Enforcement Engagement Initiative say such laws will do more harm than good. Austin, Texas Police Chief Art Acevedo says now is not a time for... Continue »
There's more news for those naysayers who claim that undocumented immigrants don't pay taxes, despite plenty of evidence to the contrary. Last week, the Institute for Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP) estimated that in 2010, the state and local taxes paid by households that are headed by undocumented immigrants came... Continue »
The Texas congressman who heads the U.S. House Judiciary Committee has accused the Justice Department of being "hypocritical" for not pursuing legal action against a Utah law approving a guest worker program for illegal immigrants. Continue »
A Texas House committee started grappling Wednesday evening with numerous immigration-related proposals. Most of the testimony to the State Affairs Committee in the meeting, which continued into the night, was from people who wanted stricter immigration laws. Continue »
In Texas, the Republican Party is changing its tactics on illegal immigration. The relatively welcoming, tolerant attitude embraced by George W. Bush when he was governor is waning. It has been overtaken by a flood of Arizona-style get-tough measures, with nearly 100 immigration bills written or filed. Continue »
A proposal in the Texas state legislature to crack down on the hiring of undocumented immigrants features a huge exception for household labor -- once again exposing the breathtaking hypocrisy of some Republicans who want to sound tough on the issue, but still benefit from undocumented labor. ... Continue »
A proposed immigration law being cast in jest across the country as a way for Texans to rid the work force of illegal immigrants while protecting their low-paid nannies and gardeners drew serious concern Thursday from advocates who fear the bill could have a chilling effect across the state. Continue »
Don't look now, but Texas is turning blue. Not today, to be sure, nor tomorrow. But to read the newly released census data on the Lone Star State is to understand that Texas, the linchpin of any Republican electoral college majority, is turning Latino and, unless the Republicans... Continue »