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A young boy in Nogales, Sonora, is one of hundreds waiting to access asylum under a series of policies implemented by the Trump administration in 2019 and 2020.

Unprecedented numbers of unaccompanied migrant children have been placed with sponsors across the country this year. Now, thousands more could arrive under a new federal program aimed at providing a path for children left behind in Central America to join immigrant parents. Read more»

President Joe Biden has made Vice President Kamala Harris the administration’s point person on Central America migration issues.

Vice President Kamala Harris will head to El Paso on Friday, the first visit to the border by the Biden administration’s point person on migration issues. Read more»

In Arizona, about 2,000 students without immigration status graduate from high school every year, according to the Migration Policy Institute. Pictured are graduates from North High School in Phoenix during a commencement ceremony on May 22, 2019.

President Biden's bill includes a pathway to citizenship for nearly 11 million people and would also improve immigration courts by expanding programs to manage family cases to reduce backlogs in court, expand training for judges, and address the problem of mass migration. Read more»

Around 200 people, traveling in several groups, crossed into the United States near Sasabe, Arizona on Saturday night.

More than 200 people, including families traveling with children, surrendered to Border Patrol agents Saturday night in five separate groups near Sasabe, Ariz. Read more»

Amy Adams, an immigration lawyer in Portland, Oregon, wants to fill her office wall with pictures drawn by the children of her clients and some of her unaccompanied minor clients.

In immigration court, a lawyer makes deportation much less likely. Read more»

Cemeteries throughout Latin America, such as this one in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala, come to life when families decorate the graves of their loved ones with candles, fresh cut grass and flowers. For two days they pray, eat and remember their ancestors in honor of Day of the Dead.

International systems to identify and return the remains of migrants who die on their journey from Latin America to the United States continue to fail. Read more»

Rising global temperatures, the spread of crop disease and extreme weather events have made coffee harvests unreliable in places like El Salvador and that could lead to millions leaving the region. Read more»

A boy and his father, both asylum seekers, wait just outside the Dennis DeConcini Port of Entry in Nogales, Sonora.

A day after the Supreme Court decided to allow the Trump administration to deny asylum to immigrants who reach the southwestern border without seeking refuge in another country, immigration lawyers and advocates denounced the the policy. Read more»

Asylum seekers just outside the Dennis DeConcini Port of Entry in Nogales, Sonora.

Calling the decision "shocking" and "disappointing," immigration rights advocates and members of Congress sharply criticized the Supreme Court's decision to allow the Trump administration to deny asylum to immigrants who reach the southwestern border without seeking refuge in another country. Read more»

People wait outside the El Chaparral port of entry, one of Tijuana’s three official crossing points between Mexico and the United States.

The ruling allows the policy — which requires many migrants to seek asylum in countries other than the United States — to continue in the states on the nation's southern border. Read more»

Two Nicaraguan men wait in Tijuana, Mexico as their asylum case moves through the use court system, as part of a new program, launched last year by Homeland Security officials called the Migrant Protection Protocols. Originally named 'Remain in Mexico' the program requires people wait in Mexico despite the dangers for migrants in border cities in northern Mexico.

As the Trump administration seeks to expand the "Migrant Protection Protocols" or "Remain in Mexico" program along the southwest border, migrants and shelter operators worry about the future, even as asylum reviews tighten further. Read more» 1

Sinema in a May photo released by her office.

Sen. Krysten Sinema joined eight other senators in pressing immigration officials to spin up a pilot program that would streamline the asylum review process, and allow the Trump administration to deport migrant families within 15 days. Read more»

ICE officers in 2011.

With scant public notice, immigration officials are relying on databases run by foreign police and militaries to check whether migrants crossing the U.S. border have gang affiliations, which would allow officials to detain and eventually deport them. Read more»

Óscar Alberto Martínez Ramírez, an unidentified woman and his nearly 2-year-old daughter, Valeria. The AP reported that the man and his daughter drowned trying to cross the Rio Grande.

A photo of the bodies of an El Salvadoran man and his toddler daughter who drowned in the Rio Grande after reportedly being unable to request asylum on U.S. soil was published by a Mexican newspaper and has since been widely circulated through social media. Read more»

For the first time in more than half a century, Mexicans make up less than half the total undocumented immigrant population in the U.S., the Pew report says.

Undocumented immigration from Mexico has dropped so significantly over a decade that Mexicans no longer make up the majority of those living in the U.S. illegally, according to a Pew Research Center report. Read more»

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