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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

  • Trump calls for end to ‘political stalemate,’ delivers jabs in State of the Union address

    Trump calls for end to ‘political stalemate,’ delivers jabs in State of the Union address

    President Trump called on the nation to “break decades of political stalemate” in his State of the Union address Tuesday night, one delayed by the 35-day partial government shutdown he’d provoked, which exacerbated partisan divisions and put Washington’s dysfunction on vivid display. “There is...

  • Read the full transcript of President Trump’s State of the Union speech

    Read the full transcript of President Trump’s State of the Union speech

    Madam Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, the First Lady of the United States, and my fellow Americans: We meet tonight at a moment of unlimited potential. As we begin a new Congress, I stand here ready to work with you to achieve historic breakthroughs for all Americans. Millions...

  • San Diego launches bipartisan plan to welcome immigrants

    San Diego launches bipartisan plan to welcome immigrants

    San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, a Republican, will announce on Monday a new position in his office to carry out a five-year plan to make the city more welcoming to immigrants. In stark contrast to the ongoing stalemate at the federal level over immigration and the border, Faulconer will be joined...

  • Nine men in ICE detention in Texas being force-fed

    Nine men in ICE detention in Texas being force-fed

    Nine men — up from six earlier in the week — are being force-fed under court order in a detention center in El Paso, Texas, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement says. One of the hunger strikers, a 22-year-old man from India who called the Associated Press, said he is dragged from his cell...

  • Immigrant rights attorneys and journalists denied entry into Mexico

    Immigrant rights attorneys and journalists denied entry into Mexico

    Two U.S. immigrant rights attorneys and two journalists who have worked closely with members of a migrant caravan in Tijuana said they had been denied entry into Mexico in recent days after their passports were flagged with alerts by an unknown government. Their stories are nearly identical: All...

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