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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.

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

  • Asylum seekers locked up in the Deep South sue ICE in a bid for parole

    Asylum seekers locked up in the Deep South sue ICE in a bid for parole

    For an asylum seeker who presents himself at the U.S.-Mexico border, there may be no worse place in America to be sent than a jail in a rural pocket of the Deep South. Asylum seekers are forced by a hostile system to languish in far-flung detention centers with no hope of parole, scant access to...

  • Beto O’Rourke’s immigration plan calls for a path to citizenship

    Beto O’Rourke’s immigration plan calls for a path to citizenship

    Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke on Wednesday unveiled a sweeping immigration plan to seek a path to U.S. citizenship for 11 million people in the country illegally, deploy thousands of immigration lawyers to the southern border to help with asylum cases and earmark $5 billion to...

  • Trump’s Homeland Security purge claims another victim, head of citizenship agency

    Trump’s Homeland Security purge claims another victim, head of citizenship agency

    The latest head to roll in President Trump’s continued purge of top Homeland Security officials is that of Lee Francis Cissna, the director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Trump asked for Cissna’s resignation, which he submitted Friday, according to an email Cissna sent to agency...

  • Today: His Way or No Highway?

    Today: His Way or No Highway?

    President Trump says Democrats must drop their investigations or he won’t work with them on rebuilding infrastructure — or anything else. TOP STORIES His Way or No Highway? President Trump says he has given Democratic leaders an ultimatum: Stop investigating his finances, businesses and administration,...

  • Trump expected to pick hard-liner Ken Cuccinelli for new post of ‘immigration czar’

    Trump expected to pick hard-liner Ken Cuccinelli for new post of ‘immigration czar’

    President Trump is expected to appoint Ken Cuccinelli II, an immigration hard-liner who is one of the president’s strongest cheerleaders on cable news, to oversee administration efforts to crack down on both legal and illegal immigration, a White House official said Wednesday. Cuccinelli, who enjoys...

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