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

  • In response to Trump policies, some Californians open their homes to asylum seekers

    In response to Trump policies, some Californians open their homes to asylum seekers

    When it comes to fighting the Trump administration’s immigration policies, California has two “resistances.” There’s the official one, conducted by politicians, that includes the state’s landmark “sanctuary” law. Then there’s the unofficial resistance, which includes people like Ann and Kent Moriarty....

  • Swedish far-right is on the rise in national elections

    Swedish far-right is on the rise in national elections

    Sweden has long been seen as the model of an open, liberal country with low crime and a strong social welfare system. But a campaign dominated by immigration and law-and-order issues has helped propel the far-right Sweden Democrats to new electoral heights: Nearly 1 in 5 Swedish voters backed the...

  • Today: 'You’re Gonna Get Confirmed'

    Today: 'You’re Gonna Get Confirmed'

    The hard part in the Senate hearing for President Trump’s second Supreme Court nominee appears to be over. TOP STORIES ‘You’re Gonna Get Confirmed’ Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court, had some advice 20 years ago for a judicial aspirant seeking Senate confirmation:...

  • Trump administration to circumvent court limits on detention of child migrants

    Trump administration to circumvent court limits on detention of child migrants

    The Trump administration said Thursday it is preparing to circumvent limits on the government's ability to hold minors in immigration jails by withdrawing from the Flores Settlement Agreement, the federal consent decree that has shaped detention standards for underage migrants since 1997. The maneuver...

  • Unprecedented mass denials from a U.S. asylum program leave Christians from Iran stranded in Vienna

    Unprecedented mass denials from a U.S. asylum program leave Christians from Iran stranded in Vienna

    Even as it cracked down on immigration from predominantly Muslim countries in the Middle East and Africa, the Trump administration stressed that the safety of Christians in the region would be a priority. In recent months, however, dozens of religious minorities from Iran have seen their asylum...

  • Trump advisor Larry Kudlow hosted publisher of white nationalists at his home

    Trump advisor Larry Kudlow hosted publisher of white nationalists at his home

    The publisher of a website that serves as a platform for white nationalism was a guest last weekend at the home of President Trump's top economic advisor, Larry Kudlow. Peter Brimelow attended the gathering, a birthday bash for Kudlow, one day after a White House speechwriter was dismissed in the...

  • U.S. deports former Nazi concentration camp guard to Germany

    U.S. deports former Nazi concentration camp guard to Germany

    The last known former Nazi camp guard living in the United States was deported to Germany, an action that the White House trumpeted Tuesday in an apparent effort to show its harsh immigration enforcement policies are not just aimed at migrants on the border. The Justice Department said that Jakiw...

  • U.K. apologizes to deported and detained residents from Caribbean

    U.K. apologizes to deported and detained residents from Caribbean

    The British government apologized Tuesday to 18 long-term U.K. residents from the Caribbean who were deported or detained because they could not produce documents to prove their right to live in the country. Home Secretary Sajid Javid said their treatment was "completely unacceptable," and issued...

  • Trump sees political win in some Democrats' calls to abolish ICE

    Trump sees political win in some Democrats' calls to abolish ICE

    President Trump brandished two of his favorite political weapons at the White House on Monday: a phalanx of uniformed law enforcement officers by his side, and an angry denunciation of Democrats as a party of lawlessness and open borders. Unabashedly politicizing the federal agency established...

  • 'Killed me little by little.' Family detention left lasting scars for one mother and son

    'Killed me little by little.' Family detention left lasting scars for one mother and son

    For a long time, Lilian Oliva Bardales worried about how her young son, Cristhian, was adjusting to their new life in Barcelona. He squeezed her every time he saw a police officer. He got scared when people he didn’t know talked to him. Teachers told her he played violently at school, making dolls...

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