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Photos: 'Families Belong Together' protest blocks Nogales border crossing

Following weeks of outrage over the Trump administration's immigration policies, including the separation of children from their parents, more than 400 people protested in Nogales, stopping traffic from crossing the border with Mexico.... Read more»

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Defendants in diapers? Immigrant toddlers ordered to appear in court alone

As the White House faces court orders to reunite families separated at the border, immigrant children as young as three years old are being ordered into court for their own deportation proceedings.... Read more»

FactCheck: Is illegal immigation linked to more or less crime?

President Donald Trump said it’s “not true” that immigrants in the U.S. illegally are “safer than the people that live in the country,” providing several crime statistics he claimed represented the “toll of illegal immigration.” Sen. Bernie Sanders made the opposite claim, saying: “I understand that the crime rate among undocumented people is actually lower than the general population.”... 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»

Immigrant children forcibly injected with drugs, lawsuit claims

President Trump's zero tolerance policy is creating a zombie army of children forcibly injected with medications that make them dizzy, listless, obese and even incapacitated, according to legal filings that show immigrant children in U.S. custody subdued with powerful psychiatric drugs.... Read more»

Trump reverses course, signs executive order to stop separating families at border

After days of outcry, President Donald Trump is backing off of a contentious new "zero tolerance" policy that separated more than 2,300 immigrant children from their parents who crossed the border illegally.... Read more»

What we know about immigrant children being separated from their families

The attention of the nation has turned to Texas and its border with Mexico after the Trump administration enacted a policy that has resulted in undocumented children being separated from their parents. Here's what we know:... Read more»

Factcheck Q&A: Detaining children at the border

The controversy surrounding family separations at the U.S. southern border has prompted outrage, opinions and finger-pointing. It has also raised a number of questions, including from our readers. "Are there really children being separated from their parents at the border and being kept in cages?" one asked.... Read more»

Analysis

MS-13 is a street gang, not a drug cartel – and the difference matters

The Trump administration is not the first to mischaracterize MS-13, which conducts vicious but rudimentary criminal activities like extortion, armed robbery and murder. But the group is hardly a lucrative network of criminal masterminds.... Read more»

After Trump took office, ICE transfers jumped 60 percent in most populous Texas county

Even before last year's protests, lawmaker scuffles and marathon committee hearings over "sanctuary" legislation, Texas counties were some of the most compliant when it came to immigration enforcement, a new study shows.... Read more»

Texas sues the maker of OxyContin over opioid epidemic

The Texas Attorney General's Office says Purdue Pharma fueled "the nation's opioid epidemic by deceptively marketing prescription painkillers," including OxyContin... Read more»

FactCheck

Has the border wall begun?

A deeper look at what the omnibus bill does and does not fund for barriers along the border with Mexico and into what Trump promised.... Read more»

Texas and 6 other states sue to end DACA

The office of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is suing to fight an Obama-era immigration measure that protects hundreds of thousands of immigrants nationwide from deportation.... Read more»

How Border Patrol faked statistics showing a 73% rise in assaults against agents

While Border Patrol claimed that assaults on agents spiked 73 percent in 2017, almost the entire increase — 271 purported assaults — was said to have occurred in one sector in South Texas, with 126 attributed to one incident on a single day, which involved just 7 agents and 6 subjects.... Read more»

Trump deploying troops to border, but crossings at historic lows

Homeland Security said a surge of apprehensions at the border justifies President Trump’s decision to deploy National Guard units, but critics of the plan argue that despite the increase, overall crossings are at historic lows.... Read more»

Texas suit alleging fraud in border wall construction comes apart

Hidalgo County’s claims of improper enrichment by a former employee and his family are either dismissed or withdrawn. Employee sees vindication; the county says it could appeal or head to federal court.... Read more»

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