An out-of-the-way border station in the desert outside of El Paso has become the epicenter of outrage over the Trump administration’s policies on the southwest border.
Kim Murphy, LA TimesHow did hundreds of migrant kids end up crowded and miserable at a Border Patrol station in Clint, Texas? We set out on a joint project with @elpasotimes to find out. What we found was disturbing.
Baby Constantin spent five months of his first year in a foster home. His family got a painful look at America’s experiment with family separation as an immigration policy.
Kim Murphy, LA TimesYou watched @TheWeekly story on on the youngest child--4 months old--separated under the Trump administration's most controversial immigration policy. Now read the full story at @NYTNational
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Kim Murphy, LA TimesComing Sunday: Our report on Constantin, a 4-month-old baby from Romania who was taken from his parents at the border and spent most of his first year with a foster family in Michigan. Watch soon!
Braggs, a town of 259 in rural Oklahoma, has become a virtual island. Floodwaters have nearly surrounded it, cutting off residents, who have formed an ad hoc emergency response network
Kim Murphy, LA Times“It didn’t sink in, until I went swimming into my house,” said one resident of Braggs, Okla., which has been turned into an island—cut off by floodwaters—as the Arkansas River continues to rage.
The Social Security Administration has mailed “no-match letters” to more than 570,000 employers since March, sending shock waves through industries that rely on undocumented workers.
Kim Murphy, LA TimesThe Trump administration has notified half a million employers that they have workers with questionable Social Security numbers—possibly one of the most significant crackdowns yet on illegal immigration.
A county attorney in West Texas was detained for helping three young migrants, part of an escalating attempt to investigate and punish those providing aid to border crossers.
Kim Murphy, LA TimesAn elected county attorney in South Texas stopped on the highway to help three migrants, one of them with a life-threatening illness. Moments later, the attorney was arrested by the Border Patrol, the latest in a series of actions against Good Samaritans.
In this week’s Crossing the Border newsletter, a night at the Hidalgo, Tex., Whataburger, and the tricky language of immigration politics.
Kim Murphy, LA TimesOn the border between Hidalgo, Tex., and Reynosa, Mex., there’s one place that’s a kind of Checkpoint Charlie, where everybody goes to meet everybody who’s just arrived. It’s the Whataburger. In this week’s Crossing the Border newsletter.
A chauffeur who for years drove President Trump’s family and staff in Florida has been detained under the president’s immigration crackdown.
Kim Murphy, LA TimesThe driver who once chauffeured Trump's children and campaign staffers around South Florida has been locked in an ICE detention center for the past eight months, faced with deportation. NEW from @mirjordan
In this week’s Crossing the Border newsletter, podcasts about the border, and an annual exodus of Midwesterners.
Kim Murphy, LA TimesThere may or may not be a crisis on the border, but that’s not stopping the flocks of Midwesterners who spent the winter there enjoying goblet-size margaritas and Rolling Stones tribute concerts. See this week’s Crossing the Border newsletter.
For those who seek the Iraqi desert truffle — and many do, sometimes at the risk of their lives — finding it means nothing less than a quest for treasure, one that mixes equal parts timing, superstition and danger.
Kim Murphy, LA TimesMore treasures from a resurrected @latimes Column One--in this case, truffles harvested from the sands of Iraq. A desert adventure, and a bit of gritty gourmet. From @nabihbulos
Noxious sewage contaminated with feces, industrial chemicals and other raw waste crosses the border through the binational New River.
Kim Murphy, LA TimesThanks in part to NAFTA, the river coming from Mexico into the US is toxic, full of pathogens that can cause polio, tuberculosis & cholera. Raw blood was dumped in at one point. But so far the EPA has spent cleanup money only in Mexico.
Some residents have responded to Waymo’s autonomous vehicle project by slashing tires, pelting vans with rocks and even drawing a gun on a vehicle.
Kim Murphy, LA TimesWith rocks, knives, guns and their own vehicles, people in Arizona are taking aim at self-driving cars. The message: Experiment with artificial intelligence in somebody else’s back yard.
The federal government has spent $80 million on its now-abandoned policy of separating migrant children from their families. Dozens of children remain in detention.
Kim Murphy, LA TimesAll those migrant children who were taken from their families during the Trump administration's short-lived family separation policy? The program cost $80 million and counting. That's $30,000 a child.
The two parties are battling in court over the Florida recount, but it is ultimately up to the Republican-controlled Senate to decide whether it accepts the outcome.
Kim Murphy, LA TimesA big what-if: Democrat Bill Nelson pulls ahead in the Florida recount. Rick Scott and Trump keep claiming fraud, and the GOP-led Senate seats Scott. It's constitutionally possible, strategists say.
Cotton farms across Georgia were set to produce their best yields in years. But that was before Hurricane Michael left a trail of devastation.
Kim Murphy, LA TimesTwo farmers in Georgia, husband and wife, face a cotton crop ruined by Hurricane Michael, the third year of bad storms. Climate change, says the wife. No it wasn't, says the husband. At that point, the wife just shrugs: "House divided," she says.
Federal inspectors found bedsheets fashioned into nooses in cells at a center in Adelanto, Calif., where several detainees have attempted suicide.
Kim Murphy, LA TimesFederal inspectors found nooses in cells at ICE immigrant detention center. When immigrants attempt suicide, “the guards laugh at them and call them ‘suicide failures,’” an inmate told the OIG.
The federal government has been moving hundreds of children a week under cover of darkness to a tent city on the Mexican border in South Texas.
Kim Murphy, LA TimesAt the rate of 300-500 a week, migrant children are being awakened at shelters in the middle of the night and moved to a bleak tent camp on the Texas border. If they try to move them by day, we’re told, they might try to escape.