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Citing concerns over the coronavirus outbreak, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency announced Wednesday its agents would temporarily suspend most arrests, focusing only on individuals said to pose public safety risks or subject to mandatory detention on criminal grounds. Read more»

Rep. Raul Grijalva, backed by other House Democrats, renewed calls for the Pentagon to investigate the legality of the deployment of National Guard and active-duty troops to the U.S.-Mexico border.

Dozens of House Democrats renewed calls Friday for the Defense Department to investigate the legality of President Donald Trump’s decision to deploy thousands of active-duty and National Guard troops to the U.S-Mexico border. Read more»

Alexander, a young man from Honduras, has been living in a house on the outskirts of Ciudad Juárez since he was sent across the border as part of the U.S. government's 'remain in Mexico' program.

A couple in Ciudad Juárez has opened their home to shelter Central American migrants hoping to obtain asylum in the U.S. And the migrants risk their safety every time they leave the house. Read more»

Critics of what they call the militarization of the border say it sends the wrong message and divides communities.

An analysis of four years of violent crime data for the border counties as a whole showed they were usually slightly above the national average, following no obvious trend. Read more»

Wilder Maldonado's journey takes him home to El Salvador, where more than a third of Salvadorans live below the poverty line. Wilder's mother said jobs in this remote part of the country pay about $5 a day. Wilder has told his mother he will try to go to the U.S. to work when he’s older.

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»

Rafts made of inflatable tires and wooden slats ferry people and goods across the Suchiate River separating Ciudad Hidalgo, Mexico, and Tecun Uman, Guatemala, with the international bridge connecting the two countries in the background.

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»

A gang sign for the Mara Salvatrucha gang in Soyapango, El Salvador.

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»

A Policia Nacional Civil patrol in the La Campanera neighborhood of Soyapango, just outside of San Salvador, El Salvador. The neighborhood is known to be controlled by the Calle 18 gang.

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»

Salvadoran Andri Yovani (R), 2, and Honduran Kendri Hernandez, 3, play by a window inside a Catholic migrant shelter in San Luis Potosi on June 26, 2014.

Thousands of migrant children fleeing gang violence in Central America could qualify for refugee status in Mexico, but only a tiny fraction actually seek that legal protection, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Thursday. Read more»

In an excerpt from his new book, former GlobalPost correspondent Ioan Grillo finds his way to a Brazilian cocaine party. 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»

A members of the Mara Salvatrucha gang displays his tattoos inside the Chelatenango prison in El Salvador, 2007.

El Salvador officials recorded Spanish priest Antonio Rodriguez becoming way too chummy with the jailed 'mara' gang members he was meant to be rehabilitating. An investigation that found Rodriguez to have sought favors for gang members and smuggled contraband into prisons. Read more»

Madison Michael Molina

Police arrested a man suspected in the Friday shooting death of a man on the North Side. Madison Michael Molina, 18, was booked into Pima County jail one count of first degree murder. Read more»

Madison Michael Molina

Police have identified a man suspected in the Friday shooting death of a man on the North Side. A warrant has been issued Madison Michael Molina, 18, on one count of first degree murder. Molina, who is still at large, is considered armed and dangerous. Read more»

A members of the Mara Salvatrucha gang displays his tattoos inside the Chelatenango prison in El Salvador, 2007.

Critics say the way cities and states dealt with gangs 20 or more years ago greatly contributed to the recent surge in Central American kids crossing the U.S.-Mexico border alone. Read more» 1

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