Immigration Law

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Bisbee, Arizona: 'Invaded by Border Patrol'
Posted on 13 Jan 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"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... Read More

Refugees Fill Employment Vacuum in California Poultry Industry
Posted on 2 Aug 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Cindy Carcamo, Los Angeles Times, July 31, 2017 - "Refugees have increasingly become vital workers in an industry with high turnover. And the growing unrest and bloodshed in the Middle East and elsewhere have readily supplied them in places like... Read More

Arizona Border Residents Help Migrants Without Breaking the Law
Posted on 13 Dec 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"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... Read More

U.S. Sends First Planeload of Moms, Kids Back to Honduras
Posted on 15 Jul 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"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... Read More

Immigrants Lacking Papers Work Legally — As Their Own Bosses
Posted on 15 Sep 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"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... Read More

The Ocean Is The New Desert For Border Crossers
Posted on 16 Sep 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

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. Read More

Tags: carcamo , ocean , desert , border

How Sea Smuggling Works
Posted on 30 Sep 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"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... Read More

Citizen Reflects on Her Wrongful Deportation...83 Years Ago
Posted on 5 Mar 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"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... Read More

Is the Tide Turning in Artesia?
Posted on 6 Sep 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

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. Read More

America: So Close, Yet So Far Away
Posted on 23 Sep 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"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... Read More

Tags: carcamo , coronado

Smugglers Exploit False Rumor of 'New Opportunity'
Posted on 6 Jun 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"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... Read More

Border Wall Becomes Metal Band: SonicAnta / Glenn Weyant
Posted on 30 Jan 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"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... Read More

Steel Communion
Posted on 2 Apr 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"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... Read More

Detention center brings immigration debate to small-town New Mexico
Posted on 14 Sep 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"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... Read More