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Crossing the line at the border: Dying to get back

While the number of illegal crossings at the border has plummeted dramatically — roughly half the number than during peak years — just as many people are dying. Meaning for those coming into the country illegally, it is now more deadly, more lethal, than at any time in recent U.S. immigration history. For years the age […]


Searching for answers

Gladys Dominguez is the 19-year-old daughter of Alfonso Martinez Sanchez, a father of five American children who lived in the United States for more than 20 years. After being deported from Vista, California, Alfonso tried to return to his family in the U.S. three times, but was repeatedly stopped by Border Patrol agents and deported […]


Voices of mixed-status families

In part three of our “Border Patrol” series on immigration policies, we meet the family of Alfonso Martinez Sanchez, a 39-year-old father of five American children (above, Alfonso with his wife, Juana, and children). Alfonso was deported from Vista, California after a sheriff’s deputy asked him for his identification at a local convenience store. He […]


  November 30, 2012: Crossing the line at the border update

In the rush to stem the tide of undocumented immigrants, has Border Patrol committed widespread abuse on American soil?


Border Patrol series prompts OIG investigation

Juan Carlos Frey reports in his blog, the in-house oversight arm of the Department of Homeland security has added an investigation of the Rojas death and use of excessive force by border guards in general to its 2013 strategic plan.


Border Patrol report prompts new calls for investigation

Need to Know’s second Border Patrol investigation spawns new inquiries into alleged abuse.


  Web exclusive: Grand jury to investigate death at the border

Update on the case of Anastasio Hernandez Rojas, allegedly killed by Border Patrol in 2010


  Crossing the line, part 2

Correspondent John Larson investigates stories of abuse and sexual assault at the border.


  Need to Know, July 20, 2012: Crossing the line, part 2

Correspondent John Larson investigates stories of physical abuse, sexual assault and even torture at the U.S. border with Mexico.

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