Texas News As reunification deadline lands, dozens of immigrant children under 5 remain separated from their parents

As reunification deadline lands, dozens of immigrant children under 5 remain separated from their parents

About 25 immigrant mothers and their children caught coming across the Texas-Mexico border are released at the McAllen bus station wearing ankle monitors, on June 22, 2018. Bob Daemmrich for The Texas Tribune The federal government expects it will have reunited at least 38 — and maybe more than 60 — immigrant children under 5 …

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Texas News Families of Chris Young and the man he killed call for a halt to his execution

Families of Chris Young and the man he killed call for a halt to his execution

Valerie Harris, Christopher Young's aunt and spiritual adviser, speaks during a press conference on Main Plaza in San Antonio on July 10, 2018. Young is scheduled for execution next week. Robin Jerstad for The Texas Tribune Editor’s note: This story has been updated to reflect the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals denying Young’s appeal. SAN …

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Texas News “A very cruel punishment”: A family split by “zero tolerance” won’t try to cross again, mom says

“A very cruel punishment”: A family split by “zero tolerance” won’t try to cross again, mom says

Six-year-old Heyli was separated from her father after crossing the U.S. border in late May. Her mother and aunt, who have spoken to her by phone, say she cries constantly and begs them to take her away from the Arizona facility where she is being held. "There's nothing else I can say to say to …

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Texas News While migrant families seek shelter from violence, Trump administration narrows path to asylum

While migrant families seek shelter from violence, Trump administration narrows path to asylum

Alisson Nicole, 7, from Chalatenango, El Salvador, in the Albergue Para Migrantes Chahuites in Chahuites, Mexico, on April 25, 2016. Many Salvadoran families flee gang violence in their home country to seek asylum in the United States. Martin do Nascimento for The Texas Tribune For nearly all of its history, the United States has welcomed …

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Texas News A mother from Guatemala is supposed to see her 6-month-old Tuesday. Will it happen?

A mother from Guatemala is supposed to see her 6-month-old Tuesday. Will it happen?

An 8-year-old boy detained at a children's shelter in Phoenix, Arizona, sends a drawing to his grandmother in the mail. The boy and his three siblings were separated from their mother after crossing the Texas-Mexico border earlier this summer. A few weeks ago, Hilda received some letters in the mail from her 8-year-old grandson. One …

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Texas News Analysis: Legal political maps — except for those minority voters in Fort Worth

Analysis: Legal political maps — except for those minority voters in Fort Worth

Graphic by Todd Wiseman Editor’s note: If you’d like an email notice whenever we publish Ross Ramsey’s column, click here. In the eyes of the federal courts, it probably doesn’t matter — for electoral purposes — that the political lines in Fort Worth’s 90th Texas House District are discriminatory. The U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled …

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Texas News Immigrant fathers are reunited with their young children in El Paso

Immigrant fathers are reunited with their young children in El Paso

EL PASO — Three children who were separated from their undocumented immigrant parents under the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy were reunited with their fathers late Tuesday, a shelter director in this border city announced. Ruben Garcia, the director of downtown El Paso’s Annunciation House, said he received a call just after 6 p.m. local …

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Texas News Republican Michael Cloud sworn in as Texas’ newest congressman

Republican Michael Cloud sworn in as Texas’ newest congressman

U.S. Rep.-elect Michael Cloud (right) participated in a mock swearing in with U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan and Cloud’s family on July 10, 2018. Moments later, Cloud was officially sworn in on the House floor. Abby Livingston / The Texas Tribune WASHINGTON, D.C. — With an oath on the U.S. House floor to uphold the …

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Texas News U.S. and Mexico discussing a deal that could slash migration at the border

U.S. and Mexico discussing a deal that could slash migration at the border

Immigrant families enter the Catholic Charity in McAllen on June 29, 2018. Reynaldo Leal for The Texas Tribune MEXICO CITY — While President Donald Trump regularly berates Mexico for “doing nothing” to stop illegal migration, behind the scenes the two governments are considering a deal that could drastically curtail the cross-border migration flow. The proposal, …

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Texas News Abbott agrees to debate with Valdez, who says, “Call me, maybe?”

Abbott agrees to debate with Valdez, who says, “Call me, maybe?”

Democratic candidate for governor Lupe Valdez and incumbent Gov. Greg Abbott. Bob Daemmrich for The Texas Tribune Gov. Greg Abbott has accepted an invitation from a TV station group to debate Democratic opponent Lupe Valdez on Sept. 28 in Austin — and she says she’s “in” but doesn’t sound sold on the specifics yet. The …

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