US and Mexico's mass deportations have fueled humanitarian crisis, report says

Tide of vulnerable people fleeing violence in Central America preyed upon by criminals and corrupt officials in part due to inadequate asylum procedures Mass deportations and inadequate asylum procedures in Mexico and the US have fueled a humanitarian crisis where desperate Central Americans seeking refuge from rampant violence are routinely preyed upon by criminal gangs and corrupt officials, according to a new report by the International Crisis Group (ICG). Continue reading

What I learned reporting on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border

  By Mauricio Casillas  Editor’s Note: Recently, a group of Cronkite News reporters traveled along the U.S.-Mexico border to work on stories about the results of a Cronkite News-Univision News-Dallas Morning News border poll. Mauricio Casillas, a recent graduate of the Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University, was one of the reporters who contributed to our coverage. Here, he reflects on his experience as a Borderlands reporter. Reporting on the border is unlike any other reporting I had ever done. The people, the culture, the issues — they are all unique. For instance, issues that people on the El Paso/Ciudad Juarez border face are not the same as those on the San Diego/Tijuana border. That’s why I think this kind of reporting is so important. Too often, we as journalists like to paint the entire border region with the same brush. Continue reading

Border Patrol killing proves Mexican lives DON’T matter

  If someone in U.S. law enforcement had done something like this to an unarmed American boy, shot him 10 times in the back under questionable circumstances, there would be a national uproar, and rightfully so. But this kid was Mexican. Continue reading

Immigration agent shoots man who didn't speak English in traffic stop, police say

  By Fox News Latino Authorities in Mississippi say they are investigating the shooting of a man by a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officer. Continue reading

CBP Settles Lawsuit with ACLU Client Who Endured Invasive Cavity Searches

  HOUSTON – Today, the ACLU of Texas and the ACLU of New Mexico announced a record settlement in which U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) paid a New Mexico woman $475,000 for illegally subjecting her to vaginal and anal searches after she was detained at the Cordova Bridge point of entry in El Paso. Also today, the four ACLU affiliates at the nation’s Southwest border dispatched letters to 40 healthcare providers that cover 110 facilities — from San Diego to Houston—detailing the rights and responsibilities of hospital personnel when confronted by federal agents who request they perform invasive and illegal body cavity searches. Last year the University Medical Center of El Paso paid the same woman — referred to in the lawsuit as Jane Doe to protect her privacy — a $1.1 million settlement for its collusion in the invasive searches. Continue reading

Border Report: No Homecoming Yet for Deported Vets

  By Brooke Binkowski The small crowd waited anxiously at the Port of Entry in San Ysidro, holding signs and American flags. No one came. Continue reading

Border residents: Don’t build a wall between cities

  By Molly Bilker Despite heated political rhetoric about the U.S.-Mexico border, people who live in the region largely view themselves as one community, believe in making it easier to cross back and forth and do not favor building a new wall, according to a Cronkite News-Univision News-Dallas Morning News poll. The poll is the first of its kind in more than 15 years and reflects the attitudes of nearly 1,500 respondents in 14 U.S. and Mexican cities from California to Texas. Continue reading

New pedestrian border crossing marks new era

By Erik Lee & Rick Van Schoik The opening of the Pedestrian West port of entry in San Ysidro this week reminds us that the actual look and feel of the U.S.-Mexico border is finally changing. And these changes are long overdue. Dated, non-user-friendly and even unsafe infrastructure at our shared border with Mexico has contributed greatly to the border’s poor image in the United States, Mexico and beyond.     Continue reading

Operation Streamline crackdown on illegal immigration costly and ineffective, new report claims

  By Aaron Nelsen McALLEN — A controversial program that targets unauthorized immigrants for criminal prosecution has clogged border courts, cost billions to imprison them, and torn apart tens of thousands of families while doing little to deter illegal immigration, according to a new report published Wednesday by Grassroots Leadership and Justice Strategies. Continue reading

ACLU says lack of reporting allows abuses by Border Patrol agents

  By Sophia Kunthara | Cronkite News WASHINGTON – ACLU attorneys from Southwest border states said Tuesday that a lack of reporting on stops by Customs and Border Protection officers opens the door to police abuse and makes it difficult to hold officers accountable for their actions Continue reading

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