Citizen Reflects on Her Wrongful Deportation...83 Years Ago

"Eighty-three years ago, Virginia Yañez and her siblings suddenly found themselves in a foreign land, impoverished and unable to speak the language. "It was just the worse... what we suffered. It still hurts," Yañez, now 89, said in Spanish as she recalled the move. Yañez...

The Ocean Is The New Desert For Border Crossers

This is a multi-part, multi-media blockbuster series by Orange County Register reporter Cindy Carcamo. Please read all the parts, all the links, charts, videos, slide shows, etc.

America: So Close, Yet So Far Away

"These were the Coronado Islands, a quad of tarantula- and rattlesnake-infested rocks that serve as a navigational point of reference for smugglers looking to move cargo – drugs or humans – illegally to California beaches. The largely uninhabitable islands, on the northwest coast of...

How Sea Smuggling Works

"As federal officials raised fortress-like fences and deployed more border agents to the U.S.-Mexico land border, they successfully pinched off smuggling routes. At the same time, they inadvertently pushed illegal immigration to the ocean. The losers in this game are those who dare to cross by sea...

Bisbee, Arizona: 'Invaded by Border Patrol'

"Honey, I've lived here all my life. This is all I know. I thought we were better off before the Border Patrol invaded us," said Annette Walton, 53, as she served coffee and burgers to regulars at her diner, Our Place Cafe in South Bisbee. "We were not invaded by the illegals. We were...

Immigrants Lacking Papers Work Legally — As Their Own Bosses

"At just 20 years of age, Carla Chavarria sits at the helm of a thriving graphic design business, launching branding and media campaigns for national organizations. Some of her projects are so large she has to hire staff. Still, Chavarria has to hop on buses to meet clients throughout Phoenix because...

Arizona Border Residents Help Migrants Without Breaking the Law

"The worsening situation led some Arivaca residents to band together last year to form People Helping People, a group that provides aid to border crossers in the area. Shortly after, the group unveiled a humanitarian aid office, which now sits on the main drag of this rural town of 600 residents...

Border Wall Becomes Metal Band: SonicAnta / Glenn Weyant

"On a windy day in southern Arizona’s remote borderlands, Glenn Weyant had everything he needed to make music — a cello bow, a mallet and the miles-long fence dividing the United States and Mexico. ... The results, he said, were beautiful." - Cindy Carcamo, L.A. Times, Jan. 30,...

Steel Communion

"It had been years since Maria Miranda of Tucson attended Catholic Mass with her son Jorge Lopez. Tuesday they finally did. But they were separated by the U.S.-Mexico border fence in southern Arizona. "I'm just a couple of bars, a couple steps away from her," the 35-year-old said he...

Smugglers Exploit False Rumor of 'New Opportunity'

"Yoselin Ramos had long wanted to trek to the United States to escape the crushing poverty and rising violence in her hometown in Guatemala. But it wasn't until the 24-year-old heard about a "new opportunity" that she packed a bag and left her home with her 3-year-old son, Yovani,...

U.S. Sends First Planeload of Moms, Kids Back to Honduras

"The first lady and her entourage were waiting. So were politicians, camera crews and aid workers in blue vests, ready to hand out suckers and balloons to toddlers pulled along by their frazzled mothers. A chartered flight that landed here Monday was the first carrying only mothers and children...

Is the Tide Turning in Artesia?

A 'fire brigade' of volunteer lawyers at the remote Artesia, New Mexico immigration jail for mothers and children is producing results. Reporters Cindy Carcamo and Julia Preston report.

Detention center brings immigration debate to small-town New Mexico

"Unprepared for thousands of parents with children who entered the country illegally, immigration officials parceled out a portion of the federal law enforcement training facility in Artesia to use as a detention center for about 600 women and children, most of them from Guatemala, Honduras and...