Without a Country

A Times Series

  • Love across the border

    Love across the border

    Ana and Gerardo's devotion swayed many who doubted that a marriage with a 41-year age gap was real. But one skeptic could be trouble -- the official deciding whether to give Ana a U.S. visa. Read more: Trying to prove their love

  • Love beyond borders

    Love beyond borders

    The young UC Berkeley graduate married a Glendale bus driver. They were more than 40 years apart in age. When they applied to legalize her immigration status, "It didn't turn out so well." Now they're 1,500 miles apart — but still in love.

More from Without a Country

  • A risky return to the U.S.

    A risky return to the U.S. for a young deportee

    After more than a year in Mexico, a 21-year-old deportee makes another perilous border crossing. It is desperation that drives him to risk his life repeatedly, he says.

  • A father's long battle for his daughters

    A father's long battle for his daughters

    Luis Ernesto Rodriguez eyed the metal door as he waited for his little girls. Now 6 and 5 years old, they were his only children, inseparable, with thick black hair and mischievous smiles that reminded people of little mermaids. More than two years had passed since he had last seen them. What would...

  • Caught in the current of reverse migration

    Caught in the current of reverse migration

    Thousands of U.S.-born children now live throughout Mexico as a result of deportation of a family member. Disoriented, they struggle in a society that views them with a mix of envy and pity.

  • Trying to get back to the only life he knew

    Trying to get back to the only life he knew

    Luis Luna, 20, was smuggled to the U.S. from Mexico when he was 3. He grew up, went to school, found jobs. Then the Washington state resident was deported after a cop pulled him over for a broken headlight. He hopes to return on the undercarriage of a boxcar.

  • In Mexicali, a haven for broken lives

    In Mexicali, a haven for broken lives

    The once-grand El Hotel Centenario is now the decrepit El Hotel del Migrante Deportado — the Hotel of the Deported Migrant. It hosts a procession of lost souls.

  • Deportees to Mexico's Tamaulipas preyed upon by gangs

    Deportees to Mexico's Tamaulipas preyed upon by gangs

    Not even a church-run shelter is safe for migrants sent back to a dangerous region of Mexico by the United States. Viewed as rich targets, the deportees are vulnerable to kidnapping — and worse.

Immigration News

  • The latest migrant tool of resistance on the border? A video app

    The latest migrant tool of resistance on the border? A video app

    Filming police with cellphones or body cameras became so common after high-profile shootings of black men in Ferguson, Mo., Baltimore and Chicago that there’s a word for it: “copwatching.” But the practice never spread to the U.S.-Mexico border — until now. One evening last month, a dozen immigrants...

  • Border Patrol union calls Trump's National Guard deployment 'colossal waste'

    Border Patrol union calls Trump's National Guard deployment 'colossal waste'

    A month after President Trump called for sending National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border, the head of the national Border Patrol union called the deployment “a colossal waste of resources.” “We have seen no benefit,” said Brandon Judd, president of the union that represents 15,000 agents,...

  • Today: Border Patrol’s Changing of the Guard

    Today: Border Patrol’s Changing of the Guard

    More and more Latinos are answering the call of the Border Patrol. TOP STORIES Border Patrol’s Changing of the Guard When the Border Patrol was established in 1924, Latinos were a tiny minority. At last count, they make up a little more than 50% of the force. And with President Trump calling for...

  • Lawsuit launched against Los Alamitos' anti-sanctuary law

    Lawsuit launched against Los Alamitos' anti-sanctuary law

    A small Orange County city at the center of the anti-sanctuary movement in California has been sued for enacting an ordinance that exempts it from the state’s sanctuary laws, which were designed to protect immigrants in the country illegally. On Wednesday, a Los Alamitos pastor, an attorney who...

  • Kern County prosecutors won't charge ICE agents involved in crash that killed 2 farmworkers

    Kern County prosecutors won't charge ICE agents involved in crash that killed 2 farmworkers

    Kern County prosecutors on Wednesday said they will not file criminal charges against federal immigration agents involved in a crash that killed two farmworkers trying to flee from the agents. Delano police had asked the district attorney’s office to determine whether the two agents, Ramiro Sanchez...

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