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Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

Bill would allow driver’s permits for undocumented immigrants

A Texas House committee on Wednesday heard testimony on a bill that would allow undocumented immigrants to obtain driver’s permits after submitting to background checks, fingerprints and paying about $150 in fees.

Friday, February 15th, 2013

Commentary: GOP should avoid immigration trap

Before deciding what to do about immigration, Republicans should first decide what not to do. They should not buy in to the Obama/liberal Democrats’ plan to legalize every person who is in the country illegally.

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

House resolution to test support for immigration reform

Democratic Texas House members on Wednesday filed an immigration resolution that could serve as a litmus test for Republican support for reforms being suggested at the national level.

Saturday, February 9th, 2013

Border apprehension data doesn’t tell the whole story

As the debate over federal immigration reform ramps up — and the border security component continues to be a major factor — statistics on border apprehensions are often used as a barometer to measure how effective security...

Sunday, February 3rd, 2013

Castro: Current immigration laws create ‘ugly realities’

Discussing immigration policies with Texas business leaders Thursday, U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio, said that current laws lead to "ugly realities" and need to be changed to create a path to citizenship for immigrants here illegally.

Monday, February 28th, 2011

For Republicans, the hazards of red meat

The growth of the state’s Hispanic population and the rise of immigration as a political issue put Texas Republicans in a tight spot — especially the ones with statewide aspirations.

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