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Border & Immigration

From Texas Standard:

Pew Research Center recently published a report showing how a majority of unauthorized immigrants in the U.S. live in one of 20 metropolitan areas. But there was another statistic within the report that was important in its own right: The number of unauthorized immigrants in the U.S. has gone down over the last decade. As of 2016, Pew estimates there were about 10.7 million, compared to about 12.2 million in 2007.

Mark Hugo Lopez is director of global migration and demography at Pew Research, and says there's been a large decline in unauthorized immigrants from Mexico, in particular. At the same time, there's been an increase of unauthorized immigrants from other countries, whom Lopez says have most likely overstayed their visas.

Reynaldo Leanos / Texas Public Radio

President Trump vetoed a congressional measure aimed at blocking his national emergency declaration, and the next battle will likely be in the courts. In the meantime, the plan to extend the border wall in Rio Grande Valley marches forward.

David Martin Davies / Texas Public Radio

Laredo's community leaders are taking a stand in the political battle over President Trump's declaration of a national emergency at the southern border.

Norma Martinez / Texas Public Radio

The Dreamers Resource Center at the University of Texas at San Antonio opened in January 2018 to assist undocumented students with their academic needs and to serve as a campus and community advocate. The center’s assistant director Courtney Balderas-Jacob estimated about 300 to 500 undocumented students attend UTSA, but “we don’t track our Dreamers in any specific way.”

There appears to be another surge at the southern border, and the most recent reports of number of families looking to gain unauthorized entry into the United States are raising eyebrows. They've certainly inspired a novelist in his latest work.

More than 76,000 migrants crossed the border without authorization in February. That's an 11-year high.

Kevin K. McAlleenan is the commissioner of Customs and Border Protection.

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