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What’s it like for an immigrant child to glimpse the American dream, just before it's taken away?

The Trump administration’s zero-tolerance policy separated kids and parents, putting the children in foster care, where many of them got a taste of a life much better than the one they left. What happens when they land back home?... Read more»0

6-year-old heard on border facility audiotape still separated from her mother

Jimena Madrid riveted people around the world when her voice was captured on an audiotape after she was separated from her mother inside a Border Patrol detention facility. Three weeks later, reunification remains uncertain. “She says over and over, ‘Mommy, I want to be with you.’”... Read more»0

For 6-year-old snared in immigration maze, memorized phone number proves a lifeline

As the U.S. attempts to reunite migrant families separated by the "zero tolerance" crackdown, children bear the burden of helping to identify who and where their parents are. For one young Salvadoran girl in an Arizona shelter, a memorized phone number was a lifeline.... Read more»0

Listen to children just separated from their parents at the border

The desperate sobbing of 10 Central American children, separated from their parents last week by immigration authorities, makes for excruciating listening. Many of them sound like they’re crying so hard, they can barely breathe. They scream “Mami” and “Papá” over and over again, as if those are the only words they know.... Read more»0

Chilling new report cites greater death toll in Mexican massacre

A disturbing report by Mexican researchers provides new details about a 2011 massacre in Allende, a quiet ranching town less than an hour’s drive from the United States, and suggests that many more people were killed in the incident than estimated by Mexican authorities. ... Read more»0

Top Democrats demand inquiry Into deadly DEA-led operations

Lawmakers cite a ProPublica investigation and an inspector general report that detail how teams of foreign police officers trained by the DEA were linked to innocent lives lost in Mexico and Honduras.... Read more»0

Trump plan: Deport illegal migrants to Mexico regardless of nationality

Buried deep in the Trump administration’s plans to round up undocumented immigrants is a provision certain to enrage Mexico — new authority for federal agents to deport immigrants caught crossing the southern border to Mexico, regardless of where they are from.... Read more»0

Commentary

Mexico finds it easier to focus on Trump than its own failings

Experts accuse the Mexican government of thwarting its investigation of a student massacre and torturing suspects, but the top story in a prominent Mexican newspaper is about standing up to Trump. ... Read more»0

Mexican human rights defenders say they are target of smear campaign

With the release of a report investigating a student massacre in 2014, its authors and other human rights advocates fear attempts to pre-empt the findings and discredit the work. ... Read more»0

Drug war veterans cynical about El Chapo escape

Over eggs at a San Antonio café, a reporter listens as former law enforcement officials and one ex-drug cartel operative swap theories about El Chapo’s latest escape and what it says about the U.S. and Mexico.... Read more»0