Women and children sit in a holding cell at a U.S. Border Patrol processing center after being detained by agents near the U.S.-Mexico border on Sept. 8, 2014 near McAllen, Texas. (credit: John Moore/Getty Images)

Immigrant Rights Groups Say Family Detention Can Lead To Psychological Harm

Detaining immigrant women and children who may have fled violence in their home country “creates or exacerbates” psychological trauma, according to a complaint filed Tuesday by immigrant rights groups with the Department of Homeland Security.


The new Republican governor, Greg Abbott, this month approved $800 million for border security over the next two years a€” more than double any similar period during Perry's 14 years in office. (File photo. David McNew/Getty Images)

Is Texas Spending $800M To Create Its Own Border Patrol?

When former Gov. Rick Perry ordered a big reinforcement of security at the Mexico border in 2011, Texas bought six new gunboats that can fire 900 rounds a minute and clock highway speeds. But the boats, which cost $580,000 each, spent more time docked than patrolling the Rio Grande.


File photo of the U.S.-Mexico border. (credit: Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images)

3 Mexicans Get Prison For Houston Immigrant Stash House

Three Mexicans face U.S. prison terms for running a boarded-up house in Houston where immigrants were held until relatives could pay the human smugglers.


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Texas Federal Judge Keeps In Place Hold On Obama’s Immigration Action

A federal judge in Texas has kept in place a temporary hold on President Barack Obama’s executive action that sought to shield millions of immigrants from deportation, rejecting a U.S. Department of Justice request that he allow the action to go ahead.


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Immigration Judge To DOJ: ‘Like An Idiot I Believed’ You

A federal judge who has blocked President Barack Obama’s immigration executive action suggested on Thursday that he could order sanctions against the Justice Department if he rules it misled him about when exactly the administration began implementing one of the measures.


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DOJ Attorneys To Answer Questions About Claims They Misled Judge On Obama’s Immigration Action

Justice Department attorneys are preparing to answer questions about claims that they misled a judge about when part of President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration was implemented.


U.S. Border Patrol agents escort a group of undocumented immigrants into custody with helicopter support from the U.S. Office of Air and Marine on May 20, 2013 near the U.S.-Mexico border in Havana, Texas. (credit: John Moore/Getty Images)

Senators Discussing Divisive Immigration Proposal

State senators are renewing discussion on a divisive immigration bill banning so-called “sanctuary cities,” an issue that has roiled the Texas Legislature in past sessions but failed to produce concrete legislation.


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Judge Orders DOJ To Answer Allegations Government Misled Him About Immigration Plan

The judge who blocked President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration has ordered the Justice Department to answer allegations that the government misled him about part of the plan.


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Judge’s Immigration Ruling Blocking Obama’s Action Shows Lawyers Playing Venue Shopping Odds

A federal judge’s ruling last month blocking President Barack Obama’s immigration executive action lays bare a pervasive practice in federal district courts: venue shopping.


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States Ask Judge Not To Lift Stay In Immigration Lawsuit

A coalition of states suing to stop President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration is asking a federal judge not to lift a temporary hold on the directives.