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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 […]


The significance of May Day

On May 1, 1886, approximately 35,000 workers walked off their jobs, demanding the standardization of eight-hour workdays. Many labor historians point to this day in U.S. history as the inception of International Worker’s Day, more commonly referred to as May Day.


  Taking on poverty in Salinas

Poverty trends in Salinas may be an important case study for the United States, as shifting demographics create new challenges for policy-makers across the country.


The new border: Illegal immigration’s shifting frontier

by Sebastian Rotella, ProPublica A version of this story was co-published with The Arizona Republic. TUXTLA GUTIÉRREZ, Mexico — Oscar and Jennifer Cruz knew that crossing the border would be the easy part. The Salvadoran brother and sister made their way over the international line between Guatemala and Mexico with the help of a smuggler […]


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.


Florida’s Hispanic vote

Our report Yo Decido shows that the hotly contested Hispanic vote in Florida is far from a monolith — one size appeal will not fit all. The Pew Hispanic Center’s figures show just how diverse the Florida Latino vote is.


Border Patrol report prompts new calls for investigation

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