Illegal immigration to the United States

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DACA could end in federal court. Most of today’s high school graduates can’t get protection from the program anyway. 

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The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program — or DACA — provides protection from deportation and work athorization to some undocumented people brought to the US as kids. It’s a lifeline that’s fading away. 

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‘You hit this glass ceiling’: Undocumented US students returned to Mexico struggle to continue their college studies

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Advocates gather outside the county building in McHenry County, Woodstock, Illinois, on Tuesday, May 18, 2021.

ICE contracts at local, regional level spark contentious debate

An inmate wearing an orange suit mops near blue plastic bags inside a detention center.

Immigrants, rights activists call on Biden to end private detention

A child is passed over a border wall to the arms of a man wearing jeans, a red cap and tan sweatshirt.

The pain of family separations is still being felt. What could Biden do? 

DACA plaintiffs walk arm-in-arm down from the US Supreme Court after justices heard oral arguments in the consolidation of three cases before the court regarding the Trump administration’s bid to end the DACA program on Nov. 12, 2019.

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals: A timeline


On June 18, the Supreme Court ruled against the Trump Administration, allowing the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, to stand.

Men in uniform open the door to a house.

A new Trump administration policy could lead to more US citizens being deported


Today, a new Trump administration policy will go into effect that will allow the government to deport undocumented immigrants without a court hearing if they are unable to demonstrate they’ve been in the country for at least two years. Marco Werman spoke with law professor César García Hernández to explain what this could mean for immigrants and deportations across the United States.

Woman in a black suit poses in front of a tile mural.

Students at this Minneapolis charter school prep for immigration raids


There could be immigration raids in 10 US cities, according to news reports. At a south Minneapolis high school, the principal has worked to make sure her students are ready if the raids come.

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Trump’s hard-line immigration policies build on the history of former US presidents


To Trump critics, immigration raids and squalid holding cells at the US southern border characterize his hard-line stance on immigration. But how do his policies compare to past US presidents? 

U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, standing near Rep. Joaquin Castro, speaks to the news media after she and other members of Congress toured two Border patrol stations.

Rep. Judy Chu: CBP agents ‘must be held accountable’ for secret Facebook group


US Border Patrol agents used a Facebook group to make vulgar remarks about migrants and members of Congress. The group’s existence was exposed as US Representative Judy Chu toured Texas facilities recently that held migrant children in abhorrent conditions.