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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»

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Trump threat to use military to close the border met with skepticism

Before heading to Arizona for a political rally, President Donald Trump threatened to “seal the southern border” with troops if that’s what it takes to stop the latest caravan of Central American migrants heading to the U.S.... Read more»

Court: Asylum-seeker in 24-year-old case deserves another hearing

A federal appeals court overturned an immigration board’s decision to deport an Arizona man to his native El Salvador, rejecting the lower court’s “glib characterization” that murders, beatings and home invasions did not constitute persecution.... Read more»

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»

5 things Trump gets most wrong about MS-13

The gang is not invading the country. They’re not posing as fake families. They’re not growing. To stop them, the government needs to understand them.... Read more»

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»

Trump administration will end refugee program for children

Minors from violence-plagued El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala will no longer be permitted to reunite with their parents in the United States.... Read more»

Exclusive: Central America to seek Mexico's support after Trump win

Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador have agreed to join forces and seek support from Mexico to forge a joint strategy in response to Donald Trump winning the U.S. presidency, El Salvador's foreign minister told Reuters on Wednesday. ... Read more»

U.S. Border Patrol sends more agents to Texas as apprehensions rise

The United States Customs and Border Protection agency plans to send an additional 150 agents to the southern border region of Texas to combat a recent rise in apprehensions, mostly of children and families crossing illegally, it said on Saturday.... Read more»

U.S.-funded programs try to convince Central Americans to stay home

In a tiny classroom in a small hamlet in the murder capital of the world, the U.S. government is testing the theory — one child at a time — that helping young Central Americans at home might convince them to stay put rather than joining the flood of migrants fleeing for the U.S.-Mexico border.... Read more»

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In Mexico, complaints about immigrants crossing illegally and taking jobs

In southern Mexico, locals say some migrants fleeing Central America are staying put instead of traveling on to the United States. They're blamed for taking jobs, driving down wages and taxing social services — familiar complaints in our country's immigration debate. This story is part of Tribune's yearlong Bordering on Insecurity project. ... Read more»

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Mexico fights illegal immigration on its own southern border

Under pressure from the United States, Mexico has tried to cut down the flow of Central American immigrants passing through on their way to the southern U.S. border. ... Read more»

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Central American gang's tentacles reach deep into Texas, U.S.

Only about 800 of the estimated 20,000 gang members in the Houston area belong to the MS-13, but police consider them a top-level threat to public safety in Texas. The El Salvador-based criminal organization is thought to reach across Texas and into 44 other states. ... Read more»

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El Salvador's gang violence thrives in aftermath of civil war

Bloody gang conflict has claimed tens of thousands of lives and sparked a years-long exodus from El Salvador. The current “war” takes place in a country where memories of an earlier 12-year civil struggle still cut deeply. This story is part of the Tribune's yearlong Bordering on Insecurity project... Read more»

Gang wars, poverty drive Central Americans over U.S. border

The challenge of securing the southern U.S. border is changing dramatically as fewer Mexicans cross illegally, but more Central Americans arrive seeking refuge from the terror and chaos of their home countries.... Read more»

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Illegal Central American immigration surges again at U.S. border

For the second time in three years, the U.S. Border Patrol is apprehending more non-Mexicans than Mexicans along the southwest border, reflecting a renewed surge of Central American migrants fleeing violence and gang warfare in their home countries. ... Read more»

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