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Organized Crime, Violence, and Visas

"They enter the United States legally from Mexico with the proper papers and visas, but then they cannot go home. So they overstay their visas. They are surgeons, businesspeople, entrepreneurs, members of Mexico’s wealthy middle and upper middle-class educated population. The expansion...

Border News (Texas Observer)

Three recent posts from the Texas Observer: New Border Walls Designed to Flood Texas Towns A New Media Collaboration Documents 14 Deaths by Border Patrol Agents Deadly Patrols: Civilian Deaths at the Hands of U.S. Border Patrol Agents

Lawsuit Claims Woman’s Deportation Was a Death Sentence

"The U.S. government deported 387,790 people in 2009, one of them a frightened 22-year-old victim of domestic abuse known, in a lawsuit filed Wednesday [June 5, 2013,] as “Laura S.” Despite having a restraining order against her abusive ex-boyfriend—she warned immigration agents...

‘A cemetery for our people’

A Guatemalan diplomat struggles to save her countrymen in south Texas and nearly loses herself. Part three of Beyond the Border, a four-part series from The Texas Observer and the Guardian. By Melissa del Bosque, The Texas Observer, and the Guardian US interactive team, Aug. 20, 2014 .

New Study Finds Immigration Officers Ordering Unlawful Deportations

Melissa del Bosque interviews Sarah Mehta: "More than two million people have been deported since President Obama took office in 2008. Among this massive number of deportations, an increasing number of people with valid legal claims to remain in the U.S. — even U.S. citizens — are...

Graves of Shame: Migrant Mass Graves in South Texas May Violate Law - John Carlos Frey, Texas Observer

"A year ago, a Texas Rangers inquiry found “no evidence” of wrongdoing in the botched handling of migrant remains in Brooks County. New evidence indicates rampant violations of the law." - John Carlos Frey, Texas Observer, July 6, 2015 .

Bound to Pay: For-Profit Ankle Monitors - Helpful Service or Debt Trap for Desperate Immigrants?

Gus Bova, Texas Observer, Sept. 26, 2017 - "Libre claims it’s helping immigrants by getting them out of detention when no one else will. “Our mission is to give hope to those who have lost it and to help those without a voice in the immigration system,” the company proclaims on...