A life-and-death struggle for asylum in America

By Susan Ferriss and Amy Isackson

Teens' tortured road to asylum in America.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Texas":

"… and said she was in custody after a harrowing raft ride over the river in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley. Maria spent months in a U.S. Department of Health a …"

"… in a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services-run shelter in Houston, Texas, after her detention. Then she was transferred to a foster family in Los A …"

New immigration bill provides ray of hope for separated families

By Susan Ferriss

New immigration bill may ease years-long 'bars' that have split spouses and children

Excerpts from this story referencing "Immigration":

"… er. Douglas Stump, an Oklahoma lawyer and president-elect of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, told the Center that fear of certain exile has blocke …"

Witnesses tell Congress that Americans, legal residents’ families suffer due to immigration laws

By Susan Ferriss

Representatives from American Families United testified before House Judiciary subcommittee on hardships of immigration bars

Excerpts from this story referencing "Immigration":

"… president of American Families United, told members of the Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security, which is under the Judiciary Committee.  Americ …"

Rep. Gutierrez meets on Capitol Hill with families torn apart by 1996 immigration law

By Susan Ferriss

Separated families meet with Rep. Gutierrez, hoping to be included in proposed reforms.

Excerpts from this story referencing "president":

"… denounced Obama’s change on the waiver procedure.   “Who is the president batting for — illegal immigrants or the American people?” Smith said i …"

"… publicans, he said, including Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, the former vice presidential contender, and Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho. Gutierrez said he met with …"

Feds announce new rules for legalizing undocumented spouses

By Susan Ferriss

Feds announce changes to address issues raised in Center report

Senator mistakenly says marriage quickly legalizes young immigrants

By Susan Ferriss

A new GOP idea would allow undocumented youth to earn limited legal status, but not a green card, the prerequisite to citizenship.

GOP immigration hardliner told constituent to take family to Mexico

By Susan Ferriss

The record of some GOP members of Congress shows it will take work to persuade them to embrace immigration reform.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bethany Gonzalez":

"… forcement.  Judging from an interaction with one of his constituents, Bethany Gonzalez of Denison, Iowa, King believes in maintaining a hard line, even if U.S. c …"

GOP candidate was undocumented child, received amnesty

By Susan Ferriss

Disclosure that a GOP candidate for California's state legislature shakes up local GOP, including House whip, Kevin McCarthy

Separated by law: Families torn apart by 1996 immigration measure

By Susan Ferriss and Amy Isackson

Immigration measure has split husbands from wives, children from parents.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Central America":

"… 005, and all seemed well. But shortly thereafter a deadly hurricane struck Central America and southern Mexico, and Jorge lost all contact with his parents. He told …"

A dizzying series of legal twists and turns

By Susan Ferriss and Amy Isackson

Immigrant spouses struggling to understand changing laws, partisan politics

Romney balancing act on undocumented youth getting harder

By Susan Ferriss

A Romney adviser files suit, on eve of convention, to stop Obama's youth program for temporary reprieve from deportation and work permits.

Most eligible for Obama undocumented program already working

By Susan Ferriss

Aug. 15 start date for undocumented youths ages 15 to 30 to apply for deportation reprieve

Excerpts from this story referencing "Immigration":

"… nts.The application costs $465. Homeland Security’s U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), which will screen applicants, relies on fees to pay for …"

Facts American adults can learn from undocumented kids

By Susan Ferriss

With young illegal immigrants an election-year football, politicians often leave out why there's no 'right way' to attempt to immigrate.

Obama decision eases undocumented kids' turmoil

By Susan Ferriss

Thousands of 16- to 30-year-olds could benefit from relief that will let them work legally, and stop fearing deportation.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Janet Napolitano":

"… decision to bring them to the United States.Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano explains the new criteria in this memo. The policy will be limited to yout …"

About 46,400 immigrants claiming U.S. children deported in six months

By Susan Ferriss

Obama administration clashes with immigrant advocates over deportations of parents, and the definition of criminal immigrants.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Department of Homeland Security":

"… mily members or on their own and some may go into foster care.In 2009, the Department of Homeland Security issued a report with an estimate that about 100,000 parents of U.S. childr …"

LA school abuse investigation runs into immigration fears

By Susan Ferriss

Undocumented parents say they fear deportation if they talk about accused teacher

FACT CHECK: Romney’s ‘magnet’ charge attracts scrutiny

By FactCheck.Org

Republican presidential front-runner referred to a number of U.S. policies as 'magnets' for illegal immigration

Child advocates say more should be done to assist immigrant minors crossing the border

By Susan Ferriss

Child advocates say assistance needed to keep young border crossers away from criminals

Excerpts from this story referencing "Patrick Leahy":

"… rize existing anti-human trafficking laws) was introduced June 29 by Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), John Kerry (D-Mass.) and Scott Brown (R-Mass.). It also calls for …"

445,000 illegal immigrants arrested at SW border

By Laurel Adams

The Border Patrol reported stricter security along the Southwest border with Mexico, as 873 miles of the 2,000-mile border reached a higher

Lack of progress on immigration reform

By The Center for Public Integrity

A path to citizenship for the more than 12 million illegal immigrants residing in the United States still out of reach

Excerpts from this story referencing "Immigration":

"… he 14 House Republicans who lost their seats were members of the get-tough Immigration Reform Caucus. If another opportunity opens for Immigration reform, howeve …"