Borderlands

Trump visits border for second time since June; Democrats blast visit

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump was in Yuma Tuesday for the second time in as many months to inspect the border wall he said has "closed up the border," But Democrats derided the Yuma visit as little more than an "inaccurate and desperate" campaign stunt.


Asians make long transcontinental journey to reach U.S., new opportunities

LA PEÑITA, PANAMA – An increasing number of migrants from far-flung places in Asia are attempting to get to the United States via a long journey through South and Central America.


Experts: Border wall construction may imperil sacred source of water in desert

Along the U.S.-Mexico border in Arizona, Hia C-ed O'odham and the Tohono O'odham – along with wildlife – have relied on Quitobaquito Springs. Some experts worry that ongoing border wall construction may further imperil the freshwater source.


Migrants face life-threatening illnesses because of dirty water in Panamanian camps

BAJO CHIQUITO, Panama – For the hundreds of migrants in a Panamanian migrant camp, a nearby river provides their drinking water and bathwater – and serves as their toilet – leading to illness.


Cubans looking for freedom increasingly land in Panama

PANAMA CITY, Panama – Increasingly, Cuban migrants travel through Panama hoping to reach the United States. While some reach the U.S.-Mexico border, others give up and stay in countries that were not their original destinations.


Experts: Latino youth ‘invisible’ in juvenile justice data

Many experts agree Latino, Indigenous and Hispanic youth are misidentified and poorly counted in county, state and national statistics due to inconsistencies in definitions, categories or even having the option to self-identify at all.


Nicaraguans seek refuge in Panama, cementing the country’s status as migrant destination

PANAMA CITY, Panama – Nicaraguans fleeing political and economic conditions in their country are moving south to Panama, against the normal tide of immigration in the hemisphere.


On their way north, pregnant migrants brave a harrowing jungle crossing in Panama

BAJO CHIQUITO, Panama – Panama has been overwhelmed by the increasing numbers of migrants coming through the Darién jungle that separates it from Colombia – an increasing number of them are pregnant women.


DHS halts DACA applications, shortens renewals as program is ‘reconsidered’

PHOENIX - The Trump administration said it will stop accepting new DACA applications and will limit renewals to one year while it undertakes a "full reconsideration" of the policy - a move critics called little more than a ruse to renew efforts to kill the program.


Critics: Trump order to exclude undocumented migrants in census will fail

PHOENIX - President Donald Trump said Tuesday he will exclude undocumented immigrants in the 2020 Census when it comes to allocating seats in Congress, a move critics called unconstitutional and unenforceable.


Legal challenges to border wall continue – and so does construction

PHOENIX – The border wall construction continues despite multiple legal challenges from conservation groups who claim biodiversity is being altered and environmental laws ignored to fast-track construction.


USCIS balks on taking new DACA applications, despite court order

PHOENIX - The federal government is not accepting new applications for protection under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, despite a federal court order that it resume doing so, but is instead "reviewing the court decision" before moving forward.