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The remote desert in the boot-heel of New Mexico near the Antelope Wells Port of Entry.

Following criticism that officials did not disclose the Dec. 8 death of a 7-year-old girl held in Border Patrol custody, CBP announced new guidelines on how the agency will quickly disclose deaths. Read more»

The remote desert in the boot-heel of New Mexico near the Antelope Wells Port of Entry.

A federal watchdog will investigate the death of a 7-year-old Guatemalan girl, who died on Dec. 8, reportedly of dehydration and septic shock, after she was taken into Border Patrol custody along with her father and 160 others in a remote part of southern New Mexico. Read more»

The highway that leads to the U.S.-Mexico border in Nogales, Sonora.

Trump administration officials have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to OK a ban on asylum claims by people who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border without going through a crossing point. Read more»

The Tijuana border crossing.

Against the backdrop of tear gas and border closures in Tijuana over the weekend, several pro-immigrant groups are rushing to meet the increasing needs of asylum seekers. Read more»

The White House on Tuesday vowed to fight a federal judge’s ruling that temporarily blocked restrictions on asylum seekers, who administration officials said threaten to “incapacitate our already overwhelmed immigration system.” Read more»

A man is arrested during a tour of the Dennis DeConcini Port of Entry in Nogales, November 9.

A federal judge blocked the Pres. Trump's plan to bar people who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border without going through a port of entry from applying for asylum, saying the ban "irreconcilably conflicts" with federal law and the "expressed intent of Congress." Read more»

As a group of border residents urged lawmakers to defer any action on border enforcement bills until the next Congress is seated in January, the White House said it is preparing to announce new limits on asylum seekers at the border.

Advocates from Southwest border communities on Thursday called on Congress to resist the urge to ram through border laws in the coming lame-duck session before the newly elected, more Democratic, Congress is sworn in next year. Read more»

President Donald Trump said Friday that he never said soldiers should 'shoot' migrants who throw rocks at authorities when he said a rock would be tantamount to using a firearm. He said Friday rock-throwers would be 'arrested for a very long time.'

Trump on Friday backed off his statement that active-duty soldiers on the border should respond to rock-throwing migrants as if the soldiers had been attacked with a firearm. Read more»

A father and son wait outside of the Nogales port of entry, seeking asylum in the United States.

The Trump administration appears to be building the case for a new family separation policy just days after immigration officials in Arizona suddenly released hundreds of immigrant families, forgoing coordination and travel plans, and forcing advocates to scramble for help. Read more»

Protesters at a House hearing hold up signs urging lawmakers to reject proposals that would make it harder for immigrants to claim asylum in the U.S. The protesters were subsequently removed from the room without incident.

Leaders of the three main border agencies told a House subcommittee Tuesday that loopholes in current immigration policy are letting large numbers of immigrants seek asylum by claiming “credible fear” of harm if they are sent home. Read more»

Just outside the Kino Border Initiative where many immigrants receive medical care and food in Nogales, Sonora.

Immigration advocates filed a class-action suit against Customs and Border Protection, arguing that CBP officers at crossings along the Mexican border have systemically violated U.S. law and international human rights agreements by refusing to allow people to seek asylum. Read more»

Immigration detention facility in Hudspeth County just outside of Sierra Blanca about 100 miles east of El Paso.

When thousands of Central American children began flooding across the Texas border in 2014, the state’s legal community said it was ready to pitch in and help minors seeking asylum in the United States navigate a system that doesn’t guarantee a right to counsel. Read more»

Arizona judges varied widely in the disposition of asylum requests, but experts say that could be caused by any number of reasons. And the state’s judges were well within the range of denial rates for immigration judges nationwide, according to a TRAC analysis of Justice Department data.

Arizona’s 11 immigration judges varied widely in their handling of asylum cases between 2009 and 2014, with denial rates ranging from 21.3 percent for one judge to 65.9 percent for another, according to Justice Department data. Read more»

Co-Founder of Terra Firma, Montefiore Sr. Medical Director and Pediatrician Alan Shapiro checks on participant Maircio Zapata during a visit at the clinic.

Asylum cases are among the most difficult immigration status cases to win and a doctor’s testimony can help sway the decision. Such medical-legal partnerships have cropped up in New York and California, where thousands of unaccompanied minors have settled with their families or friends who were already in the U.S. Read more»

At dusk in Los Angeles, Maria, 15, waits for word on her plea for asylum from extortion and gang threats in El Salvador.

Teens' tortured road to asylum in America. Lawyers and feds are scrambling to unravel the truth from kids fleeing Central America. Read more»

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