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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...

Documenting the border fence between Mexico and the U.S.

Melissa del Bosque, Once Magazine, writes : "The steel fence zigs and zags from the Pacific Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico, a rust-colored scar on the American landscape. It passes through deserts and fertile farmland, backyards and wildlife refuges. For some politicians the fence is a talking...

Life in the Constitution-Free Zone

U.S. Border Patrol agents at a Detroit Bus Station "Since 9/11 I’ve noticed a recurring theme in the discussions I’ve had with people up and down the Texas-Mexico border. The conversations go something like this “I’ve lived here for 50 years but every few months...

Veracruz Journalist Asks for Asylum, Gives Urgent Plea for Help for Colleagues in Mexico

"In the battle for territory by organized crime in Mexico, the state of Veracruz has become one of the most violent and contested conflict zones. Local journalists, bearing witness to the brutal battle, are being systematically tortured and killed and the Veracruz and Mexican governments...

For Undocumented Graduates: A Dream Deferred

"Thousands of University of Texas students are graduating and looking forward to pursuing their careers. Among them are graduates who see nothing but obstacles ahead. On Thursday, more than 40 UT Dream Act students and their supporters held a protest on the UT campus to implore President...

‘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...