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Investigation Shows Rich Mexicans Seeking Legal Path to Residency Swindled

"In the midst of a growing security crisis in Mexico, the McAllen-based USA Now Regional Center offered Mexican families with money an escape: Invest $500,000 in South Texas and get a legal permanent resident card in the United States. But the offer may have been too good to be true. In mid-July...

As Honduras Unravels, U.S. Struggles to Cope with Refugees

"On Saturday a group of 61 men, women and children walked across the Hidalgo International Bridge near McAllen to seek political asylum. At least 48 of the immigrants were fleeing Honduras, which has the highest murder rate in the world. The men, women and children who arrived in the Rio Grande...

Beyond the Border

Beyond the border - A partnership between The Texas Observer and the Guardian "Texas has become the deadliest state in the US for undocumented immigrants. In 2012, 271 migrants died while crossing through Texas, surpassing Arizona as the nation's most dangerous entry point. The majority of...

Costly Bonds Leave Women Refugees Languishing in Detention

"Ever since thousands of Central Americans sought asylum in Texas last summer, the White House has been trying to stop other families from doing the same. One of its most controversial tactics is to lock up asylum-seeking women and children in detention facilities and charge such high immigration...

Homeland Insecurity - Melissa del Bosque, Texas Observer

Want to run drugs, smuggle migrants and get away with it? Join America’s biggest law enforcement agency. - Melissa del Bosque & Patrick Michels, The Texas Observer, Dec. 7, 2015 .