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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

  • Julian Castro launches presidential bid, becoming first Latino in 2020 Democratic race

    Julian Castro launches presidential bid, becoming first Latino in 2020 Democratic race

    Julian Castro, the former mayor of San Antonio and housing secretary under President Obama, launched an uphill bid for president Saturday, promising a youthful push behind a progressive agenda of environmentalism, economic equality and a more humane immigration policy. Speaking at a sun-soaked...

  • Last migrant teens are moved from Texas ‘tent city’ in the desert

    Last migrant teens are moved from Texas ‘tent city’ in the desert

    The last child departed what was once the nation’s largest shelter for migrant youths on Friday, a “tent city” in the west Texas desert town of Tornillo that had spurred protests, official criticism and proposed legislation. Workers have been dismantling parts of the massive temporary shelter east...

  • Border security workers miss paychecks because of shutdown over border security

    Border security workers miss paychecks because of shutdown over border security

    President Trump saluted a Blackhawk helicopter hovering over the Rio Grande on Thursday, seeking to highlight the need for $5.7 billion for his trademark border wall to stop what he calls an “invasion.” Next to the president stood a Customs and Border Protection officer and a Border Patrol agent....

  • Guatemala bars entry to U.N.-sponsored corruption investigator

    Authorities in Guatemala were holding a member of a U.N.-sponsored anti-corruption commission in the capital's airport on Sunday, refusing him entry to the country in an escalation of tensions between the government and the commission. Colombian national Yilen Osorio was detained by Guatemalan...

  • Immigration court backlog grows under government shutdown

    Immigration court backlog grows under government shutdown

    The government shutdown over President Trump’s request for border wall funding is probably increasing the immigration court backlog. While cases for people in detention centers are going ahead as scheduled, those for people on the nondetained docket will get new dates once the government is funded...

  • Trump tries to deflect blame for migrant children's deaths

    Trump tries to deflect blame for migrant children's deaths

    President Trump sought to deflect blame for the deaths of two Guatemalan children in U.S. custody by claiming they were "very sick" when they arrived, even though immigration authorities have said both children passed initial health checks. The mother of the boy who died Christmas Eve told the...

  • Immigration in 2018: Rising tensions and rising voices

    Immigration in 2018: Rising tensions and rising voices

    Nearly every morning, a pseudo-dystopian scene unfolds just steps away from America’s gates. At the San Ysidro Port of Entry in Tijuana, someone reads aloud from a mysterious, unsanctioned notebook filled with the names of thousands of people from across the globe. Each of them — including the...

  • Medical checks ordered after second child migrant dies in U.S. custody

    Medical checks ordered after second child migrant dies in U.S. custody

    The secretary of Homeland Security said Wednesday she had ordered medical checks on every child in Border Patrol custody and a series of other measures after a boy from Guatemala died in custody on Christmas Eve, the second such death this month. “This tragedy, the death of a child in government...

  • Today: A Christmas Eve Tragedy

    Today: A Christmas Eve Tragedy

    Another child from Guatemala has died in U.S. custody along the border. TOP STORIES A Christmas Eve Tragedy It was a heartbreaking event on Christmas Eve: Shortly before midnight Monday, an 8-year-old Guatemalan boy died in the custody of American immigration authorities after being treated for...

  • An 8-year-old Guatemalan child dies in U.S. custody on Christmas Eve after being treated for a cold

    An 8-year-old Guatemalan child dies in U.S. custody on Christmas Eve after being treated for a cold

    An 8-year-old Guatemalan boy died late Christmas Eve in the custody of U.S. immigration authorities, the second death in less than three weeks of a child in detention and a searing new emblem of Trump administration border policies that critics are lambasting as cruel and inhumane. The boy’s death...

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