Without a Country

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  • 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.

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  • 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

  • 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...

  • Trump weaponizes immigration frenzy with killings, but crime data aren't on his side

    Trump weaponizes immigration frenzy with killings, but crime data aren't on his side

    They have been touted as the faces of illegal immigration, chilling examples of murderous men. The remorseless cop-killer who smirked and swaggered in court. The gang member who shot a high school football star in the head. The homeless man who sent a bullet into the back of a young woman strolling...

  • Trump thrives on polarization, but this time it may hurt him

    Trump thrives on polarization, but this time it may hurt him

    Like the hedgehog in the ancient epigram, President Trump in politics knows only one big thing, but he knows it very well — how to polarize. Trump won the presidency in 2016, beating the odds, by polarizing voters at every opportunity, from his first official campaign statement about Mexican rapists...

  • Is Trump's constant campaign helping his party? It depends where you look

    Is Trump's constant campaign helping his party? It depends where you look

    At President Trump’s rally in Florida on Wednesday night, the state’s Republican candidate for the Senate, Gov. Rick Scott, took the stage to thank the president for his help in recovering from a pair of hurricanes, avoiding Trump’s more divisive actions. Trump didn’t take the hint, however, and...

  • How Trump has used three horrific California slaying cases to demonize immigrants

    How Trump has used three horrific California slaying cases to demonize immigrants

    From the time President Trump stepped onto the campaign trail more than two years ago he’s pointed to three high-profile California slaying cases to highlight the dangers of what he contends is the country’s broken immigration system. Like his invocation of the gang MS-13 and focus on the migrant...

  • Border Patrol prepares for the arrival of both U.S. troops and migrant caravan

    Border Patrol prepares for the arrival of both U.S. troops and migrant caravan

    Here in the Border Patrol’s busiest region, agents and military officials are preparing for the arrival in coming days and weeks of 800 U.S. troops and an immigrant caravan of thousands. An emergency operations center has been activated at U.S. Customs and Border Protection Rio Grande Valley headquarters...

  • Asylum seekers turned away from border bridges ahead of caravan

    Asylum seekers turned away from border bridges ahead of caravan

    Migrants arriving at the U.S. border to seek asylum are routinely subjected to tactics that immigration rights advocates say are designed to drive them away in violation of their rights under federal law. The tactics include forcing them to wait at the border indefinitely or sending them back into...

  • Pentagon will send thousands of additional troops to the border

    Pentagon will send thousands of additional troops to the border

    The Trump administration ordered 5,200 additional troops to the Southwest border Monday, more than doubling the military presence there and widening the Pentagon’s role in domestic policing operations. The move is in response to a caravan of Central American migrants who may seek to enter the United...

  • ICE is speeding up release of migrating families despite tough rhetoric

    ICE is speeding up release of migrating families despite tough rhetoric

    The federal government has begun shifting the burden of managing an influx of immigrant families on the border to local organizations and cities across the Southwest border. President Trump is reportedly contemplating a ban on asylum seekers on the Southwest border, and he has railed against the...

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