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

  • Trump is preparing to remove Kirstjen Nielsen as Homeland Security secretary, aides say

    Trump is preparing to remove Kirstjen Nielsen as Homeland Security secretary, aides say

    President Trump has has told advisors he has decided to remove Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, and her departure from the administration is likely to occur in the coming weeks, if not sooner, according to five current and former White House officials. Trump canceled a planned trip...

  • Trump moves to sharply restrict asylum, as major immigration issues head toward Supreme Court

    Trump moves to sharply restrict asylum, as major immigration issues head toward Supreme Court

    The Trump administration announced a major new effort to restrict people from claiming asylum at the U.S. border, setting up a legal battle over the president’s authority over immigration. The announcement Thursday came only hours after the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against President Trump...

  • ICE moves to silence detention center volunteer visitors

    ICE moves to silence detention center volunteer visitors

    Immigration officials stopped allowing a volunteer group to visit people at a San Diego detention facility unless its members agreed not to talk with the news media or other groups about conditions inside. Immigration and Customs Enforcement says that members of SOLACE, or Souls Offering Loving...

  • Marking a shift, the race for Los Angeles County sheriff may be up for grabs

    Marking a shift, the race for Los Angeles County sheriff may be up for grabs

    On Tuesday, voters will decide who should take over one of the most powerful law enforcement jobs in the nation, in a contest that few may even realize appears on the crowded Los Angeles County ballot. The race for sheriff could be historic. It pits the establishment incumbent against a lesser-funded...

  • Can Trump stop asylum seekers?

    Can Trump stop asylum seekers?

    President Trump is poised to issue an executive order next week aimed at stopping a caravan of thousands of Central American migrants crossing Mexico toward the United States, many with plans to claim asylum. In a speech Thursday, Trump provided few specifics about the order but vowed to prevent...

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