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Crossing Alone: Children Fleeing to U.S. Land in Shadowy System

"Record-breaking numbers of children and teens like Santos caught in the U.S. illegally without a parent or guardian are being swept into a strained and secretive federal detention network. Some 60,000 are expected this year - up from about 6,560 in 2011, according to government estimates. The unaccompanied...

Flow of Border Immigrants Overwhelming Agencies

"The steep influx of children and families in particular has caused turmoil within the agency, prompting some Homeland Security officials to agitate internally for a shift. "We're not going to interdict our way out of this problem. More arrests just mean more problems," a Homeland...

The Case for Asylum: A Child's Long, Lonely Trek

"The caseworker handed Rheinheimer a thick, white, oversized envelope. It was addressed to Rodriguez, care of Rheinheimer. Rheinheimer knew what it was the moment she saw it. Only the winning asylum applications come back in the big envelopes. Denials come in thin envelopes. She let it sink...

Reporters Shut Out of Immigration Courts

"On July 28, investigative reporter Carroll traveled to the Artesia detention center on the grounds of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) to report the story. In the preceding days she had exchanged emails arranging access with media representatives for US Immigration and Customs...

Crossing Alone: An Untimely Death Without Explanation

"Gloria Jerónimo Sales cried softly in an autumn rain as she gently wiped splatters of mud from her 17-year-old son's tomb. Mario Morales Jerónimo died in the custody of U.S. government officials nearly three years ago, but his mother said she has received no official word of his...