immigration

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Young Carlos

The story of one of the 74,000 children who come to this country each year alone and undocumented.

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Going It Alone

Elias Pompa is the lone deputy in one of the poorest counties in Texas. He is also at the center of the U.S. border crisis.

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The Unforgotten

The people who go missing while crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, and the people who attempt to identify their remains.

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A ‘Band-Aid’ for 800 Children

A profile of Nora Sandigo, guardian to hundreds of kids born in America to illegal immigrants.

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Give Me the Gun

Why some immigrants can never escape their parents’ battles.

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Ten Views of the Border

Observations from a divided, strange world.

"But I remember him coming in the border patrol truck every morning. Like they were bringing some famous criminal. Him getting out. Every day it was like it was his first day there. The look on his face, I mean. Creepy. I shouldn’t say that. But I mean. The teasing or bullying, I never took part in all that, but I can say, I know it sounds defensive or you know like apologizing or something for the behavior, but I don’t think it was because of his coming from the other side. That was just the excuse. It was the look on his face. I mean if he didn’t want to join in, then go play in a corner. Okay. Go play by yourself. But to just sit there at the edge of the playground and watch us all like that . . . Never a smile. It sounds like a blame-the-victim sort of, that kind of unfair sort of thing. But you didn’t see his face."

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On Such a Full Sea [Excerpt]

An account of Chinese residents in a future, dystopian city once known as Baltimore; excerpted from Lee's latest novel.

"Maybe Charters can easily forget what it's like out there, but we B-Mors and others in similar settlements should be aware of the possibilities. We shouldn't take for granted the security and comfort of our neighborhoods, we shouldn't think that always leaving our windows open and our doors unlocked means that we're beyond an encroachment. We may believe our gates are insurmountable and that we're armored by routines, but can't we be touched by chance or fate, plucked up like a mouse foraging along his well-worn trail? Before you know it, you're looking down at the last faint print of your claws in the dirt."

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Find the Bad Guy

An estranged husband recaps his odd marriage to a German woman.

"Back then, though, we weren’t sleeping together. That didn’t happen till later. In order to pretend to be my fiancée, and then my bride, Johanna had to spend time with me, getting to know me. She’s from Bavaria, Johanna is. She had herself a theory that Bavaria is the Texas of Germany. People in Bavaria are more conservative than your normal European leftist. They’re Catholic, if not exactly God-fearing. Plus, they like to wear leather jackets and such. Johanna wanted to know everything about Texas, and I was just the man to teach her. I took her to SXSW, which wasn’t the cattle call it is today. And oh my Lord if Johanna didn’t look good in a pair of bluejeans and cowboy boots."

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History’s Sinkhole

An examination of the Minutemen movement and death on the border.

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Death in the Desert

In early 2012, the bones of a woman and young boy were found near the Arizona-Mexico border. The author investigates who they were and how they died.

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Los Infiltradores

Why three young undocumented activists intentionally got themselves detained.

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Ghosts of the Rio Grande

On the hundreds of corpses that go unindentified every year along the U.S.-Mexico border.

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Taken for a Ride: Temp Agencies and Raiteros in Immigrant Chicago

How companies and large temp agencies benefit from—and tacitly collaborate with—an underworld of labor brokers, known as “raiteros,” who charge workers fees, pushing their pay below minimum wage.

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The Party Next Time

As immigration turns red states blue, how can Republicans transform their platform?

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The Long, Lawless Ride of Sheriff Joe Arpaio

A profile of “not just the toughest but the most corrupt and abusive sheriff in America.”

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Immigrant Number One

What became of Annie Moore, the first person to arrive on Ellis Island?

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Postville, Iowa, Is Up for Grabs

Inside a small town revived by an influx of immigrants and then destroyed by a Homeland Security raid.

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Obama’s Deportation Two Step

How Obama’s immigration enforcement policies got away from him.

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The Deported

Life in Mexico immediately after being forced to leave the U.S.

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Everyone Is an Immigrant

On the Italian island Lampedusa— “politically Europe, but geographically Africa”—as a wave of African immigrants is due to arrive from Libya by boat, ruining the tourist season.

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On Their Own

A portrait of three high school kids in Arizona forced to live on their own after SB 1070.

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Hecho en América

On the life of illegal immigrant fruit pickers.

Without 1 million people on the ground, on ladders, in bushes—armies of pickers swooping in like bees—all the tilling, planting, and fertilizing of America's $144 billion horticultural production is for naught. The fruit falls to the ground and rots.

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Stuck in Bed, at Hospital’s Expense

Recently discharged, an undocumented immigrant discusses his treatment.

In a city with a large immigrant population, it is not rare for hospitals to have one or more patients who, for reasons unrelated to their medical condition, do not seem to leave. At Downtown, where a bed costs the hospital more than $2,000 a day, there are currently three long-term patients who no longer need acute care but cannot be discharged because they have nowhere to go. The hospital pays nearly all costs for these patients’ treatment. One man left recently after a stay of more than five years.

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Three Generations Under One Roof

Portrait of a Chinese-American family living in New York.

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Life on the Line

The intertwined destinies of El Paso and Ciudad Juárez.

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My Life as an Undocumented Immigrant

There are believed to be 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States. We’re not always who you think we are. Some pick your strawberries or care for your children. Some are in high school or college. And some, it turns out, write news articles you might read. I grew up here. This is my home. Yet even though I think of myself as an American and consider America my country, my country doesn’t think of me as one of its own.
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Death on Terminal Island

An investigation into the death of Victoria Arellano at a Los Angeles County immigration detention facility.

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Walking the Border

Over the course of a year, Luke Dittrich will be walking the entire 1,933 miles of the Mexico-US border “from the beach to Gulf” with a stroller. The first in a series.

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Something Happened at DC9. Who Did it Happen to?

In the aftermath of a mysterious murder, exploring a part of the story that has received little attention: the young man who lost his life.

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Commie Ball: A Journey to the End of a Revolution

Guz Dominguez says he was trying to help baseball players from Cuba; the U.S. government says he was smuggling athletes. The truth is more complicated.

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Tea Party in the Sonora

On the political climate in Arizona.

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Seized

For many immigrants coming through Arizona, it’s not enough to pay a coyote to shepherd you across the border. You also need to pay the ransom demanded by your kidnapper after you arrive.

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The War for Drugs

How Juarez became the murder capital of the world.

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What It’s Like to Be a Refugee in America

Refugees arriving in the U.S. after receiving asylum face challenges that have led some to return to their war-torn homelands.

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The Invisibles

For the members of UCLA’s undocumented immigrant club, going to school means fighting for an education most students take for granted.

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The Integrationist

Job Cohen, the current mayor of Amsterdam, is leading the Dutch race for Prime Minister on a platform of racial integration that could transform the relationship between European politics and immigration.

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The Dark Side of Dubai

Seized passports, debtor’s prison, and slave labor prop up a Disneyland in the desert now in decline.

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The Snakehead

Working from a tiny shop in Chinatown, Sister Ping helped thousands of Chinese immigrate illegally by boat. By the time one of her ships ran aground, the F.B.I estimated her total profits at $40 million.

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A Patel Motel Cartel?

How Indians with the surname Patel came to own 1/3 of the motels in America.