- Jan 28:
- Preparan marcha a favor de inmigrantes en EEUU
- Jan 11:
- ICE says activist's role didn't spur mom's arrest
- Dec 23:
- EEUU audita a más empresas en busca de indocumentados
- Dec 26:
- Audits of businesses for undocumented immigrants rising
- Dec 5:
- Study shows immigration reporting law has high cost for Colorado
- Nov 23:
- House to consider limited GOP immigration bill
- Nov 19:
- Niños envían cartas al Congreso pidiendo la cancelación de deportaciones durante las fiestas
- Nov 14:
- Obama: reforma migratoria pronto al Congreso
- Nov 11:
- Senadores de EEUU proponen reforma migratoria
- Nov 7:
- EEUU vota sobre bodas gay, marihuana e inmigración
- Aug 20:
- Perry: Política de Obama para inmigrantes no altera ley de Texas
- Jul 24:
- Napolitano defiende la política de Obama sobre inmigración
- Janet Napolitano defends Obama's immigration policy
- Jul 2:
- Jóvenes migrantes en EEUU corren peligro de ser defraudados
- Jun 28:
- Muchas preguntas sin respuesta al implementarse el plan de Obama de deportaciones diferidas
- Immigration policy shift creates benefits for K-12 students, schools
- Jun 26:
- Hispanos decepcionados con decisión sobre ley de Arizona
- High court limits state action on immigration
- Análisis: Fallo de Corte Suprema complica a Romney ante hispanos
- Retiran facultades a Policía de Arizona contra inmigrantes
- Week's events in Washington D.C. could drive election
- Jun 25:
- Corte EEUU rechaza mayor parte de ley de inmigración de Arizona
- High court rejects part of Arizona immigration law
- Jun 22:
- Fact Check: Romney, Obama on immigration plans
- Obama says he will fight for immigration reform
- Obama dice que luchará por reforma inmigratoria
- Jun 21:
- Romney ahora hace promesas sobre inmigración a los hispanos
- Romney to Hispanics: Vote your wallet
- Romney: I'll tackle immigration in 'civil' manner
- Jun 20:
- Column: Important answers about deferred action and DREAM Act students
- Columna: Datos importantes sobre la acción diferida y los estudiantes del DREAM Act
- Jun 19:
- Obama immigration policy to spare many youths from deportation
- Jun 18:
- Obama's deportation stay late for some immigrants
- Plan de Obama llega tarde para jóvenes deportados de EEUU
- Romney evade responder directamente a decisión sobre indocumentados
- Jun 15:
- Young immigrants hopeful, skeptical of Obama plan
- Jun 18:
- Plan Obama de deportaciones ¿paso correcto o acto de campaña?
- Jun 15:
- Dirigentes locales, nacionales aplauden decisión de no deportar a jóvenes indocumentados
- Obama: Suspender deportaciones algunos inmigrantes es lo correcto
- Obama policy to spare many youths from deportation
- Jun 6:
- Mexicana sin papeles en EEUU busca ciudadanía tras 21 años
- Jun 4:
- Estudiante mexicana se gradúa en EEUU tras tropezón migratorio
- Jun 3:
- Critican al Servicio Forestal por usar agentes fronterizos
- May 27:
- U.S. boosts search for criminal immigrants for deportation
- May 24:
- Se activa en Colorado el programa federal de arresto y deportación de indocumentados
- Immigration-enforcement program goes live in Colorado
- May 14:
- Opositores a programas migratorios en EEUU buscan ayuda local
- May 3:
- ICE será menos estricta en casos de tránsito
- Immigration eases up on minor traffic cases
- Apr 27:
- ACLU sues Border Patrol over traffic stops
- Apr 26:
- Presidente Calderón habla con inmigrantes mexicanos en Texas
- Apr 10:
- Candidata al Senado en EEUU busca reformar "Comunidades Seguras"
- Mar 30:
- Gobierno de EEUU amplía revisión a casos de deportación
- DHS expanding deportation reviews to 4 more cities
- Mar 24:
- Banning undocumented immigrant renters pricey, divisive
- Mar 23:
- Informe: Sistema de detención de inmigrantes en EEUU viola normas
- Mar 15:
- Separada por la frontera, pareja espera reforma migratoria
- Mar 14:
- Texas abrirá centro de detención para inmigrantes infractores
- Mar 11:
- Estudio: Examen de ciudadanía en EEUU no es confiable
- Mar 9:
- Organizaciones pro-inmigrantes piden que el FBI deje de cooperar con ICE
- Mar 7:
- Proponen ley para detener inmigrantes que conducen ebrios en EEUU
- Inmigrantes con visas vencidas son difíciles de encontrar
- DHS finalizing plan for exit system
- Mar 1:
- Hispanos que allanaron legislatura en EEUU eluden deportación
- Gobernador de Mississippi denuncia "caos" en México
- Feb 28:
- Aprueban cambios que beneficiarán a conductores sin licencia en Los Angeles
- Feb 14:
- Departamento de Trabajo federal busca proteger a trabajadores temporales extranjeros
- Feb 10:
- Court ruling could prompt more deportation reviews
- Reporte en Maryland resalta impacto positivo de inmigrantes
- Feb 9:
- Patrulla Fronteriza aumenta tiempo extra a agentes
- Border Patrol OT up as arrests drop
- Feb 7:
- Servicio de Inmigración crea el puesto de "defensor público"
- Avanza en Iowa plan para denunciar contratación de indocumentados
- Feb 6:
- DHS adding public advocate for immigration agency
- Jan 17:
- Border Patrol to toughen policy
- Patrulla Fronteriza de EEUU endurece su política
- Jan 10:
- Obama taps Cecilia Muñoz to head Domestic Policy Council
- Jan 9:
- California startup sees entrepreneur-ship as visa solution
- Barco frente a EEUU ofrece oficinas a innovadores sin visa
- Jan 7:
- Legisladora de Florida impulsa ley de inmigración para 2012
- Agilizan trámite para ciudadanos EEUU gestionen visas a parientes
- Jan 6:
- U.S. plans change in immigration rule
- Dec 31:
- Inmigrantes y activistas se enfocarán en evitar que aprueben más leyes duras en el 2012
- Dec 30:
- Departamento de Seguridad Nacional establece teléfono de atención a inmigrantes encarcelados
- Dec 29:
- Reforma migratoria relegada a segundo plano en 2012
- Dec 28:
- Can foreign tourists help US economy?
- Dec 23:
- Corte rechaza aplazar audiencia sobre leyes de Georgia y Alabama
- Dec 21:
- México y otros países fustigan ley inmigratoria de Utah
- Dec 20:
- Connecticut mayor seeks to let undocumented immigrants vote
- Dec 12:
- High court to review tough Arizona immigration law
- Corte Suprema EEUU abordará ley de inmigración de Arizona
- Supreme Court to look at state immigration laws
- Dec 11:
- Estados dan diversas respuestas a la inmigración
- Dec 10:
- Se dispara cifra de mujeres inmigrantes empresarias en EEUU
- Canadá realiza operativo contra fraudes para obtener ciudadanía
- Dec 7:
- Siguen bajando los arrestos en la frontera de EEUU con México
- Dec 5:
- US orders review of student work visa program
- Dec 2:
- Legisladores pedirán detener deportaciones
- Nov 28:
- Congresistas de Illinois prueban nueva política de deportación
- Nov 25:
- Inmigrantes de poblado de Minnesota deciden irse
- Nov 24:
- Cell phones aid in border smuggling
- Nov 25:
- Guían con celulares a inmigrantes que cruzan a EEUU
- Nov 21:
- Enclave exclusivo de Florida en batalla de inmigración
- Nov 18:
- Usarán a Denver como sede de prueba piloto de revisión de deportaciones
- Nov 17:
- Government begins reviewing deportation cases
- Nov 16:
- Estudio: Latinos de Chicago son aportadores netos de impuestos
- Nov 15:
- Madre de caravana centroamericana halla hijo en México
- Woman finds missing migrant son in Mexico
- Nov 13:
- ICE pushes compliance program for businesses
- Nov 9:
- La Casa Blanca organiza cumbre hispana en New Mexico
- Nov 8:
- 16 nations want to challenge South Carolina immigration law
- Inmigración, uno de los temas en la elección especial de Arizona
- Oct 28:
- Manifestantes en Florida protestan por leyes contra inmigrantes
- Nov 2:
- Massachusetts Senate: Tighten immigrant access to benefits
- Oct 26:
- Líderes políticos y empresariales se reúnen en Utah para debatir temas inmigratorios
- Oct 25:
- Jueza de NY ordena revelar memo clave sobre Comunidades Seguras
- Oct 24:
- Ciudad de Ohio sí quiere a los inmigrantes
- Oct 21:
- 95% de los inmigrantes deportados son latinoamericanos, indica reporte
- Programa Comunidades Seguras afecta desproporcionadamente a latinos, según reporte
- Oct 20:
- Secure Communities immigration effort disproportionately targets Latinos, report says
- Oct 18:
- ICE deports record number of immigrants in year
- Oct 17:
- Abogados federales planean visitar Utah para discutir inmigración
- Oct 7:
- Border Patrol mounts unit for South Texas patrols
- Oct 6:
- Ohio city to paint itself as 'immigrant-friendly'
- Patrulla Fronteriza organiza unidad montada para Texas
- Oct 5:
- Napolitano defends immigration enforcement policy
- Sep 30:
- Se debilita conferencia de gobernadores fronterizos EEUU-México
- Alabama immigration law stands, but cops still wary
- Sep 28:
- Judge lets key parts of Ala. immigration law stand
- ICE announces criminal immigrant roundup
- Sep 25:
- Coloradan on national task force believes jail-check immigration program should be scrapped
- Sep 26:
- Abogada de Colorado propone eliminar programa de ICE Comunidades Seguras
- Sep 21:
- Shelbyville Latinos claim profiling, retaliation
- Sep 20:
- Statistician explores deportations since 9/11
- Experta en estadísticas explora deportaciones desde el 9/11
- Sep 17:
- 27.000 inmigrantes adquieren ciudadanía
- Sep 15:
- Más víctimas de delitos solicitan visas
- Panel pide cambiar programa de huellas digitales
- Sep 14:
- EEUU reforzará revisiones sobre términos de visas
- Sep 9:
- 9/11 tuvo gran impacto en política migratoria de EEUU
- Sep 5:
- Agricultor en Colorado tiene problemas para contratar trabajadores locales
- Sep 2:
- Hotel de Utah despedirá a trabajadores sin documentación
- Aug 30:
- ICE liberará a guardianes legales de joven leucémica
- Aug 29:
- Federal judge blocks state illegal immigration law
- Jueza bloquea ley de Alabama que regula inmigración
- 'Evangelio Sin Fronteras' explora aspectos religiosos, éticos de leyes inmigratorias
- Aug 27:
- Perry envía al gobierno cuenta por inmigrantes
- Aug 26:
- AILA alerta sobre nuevos casos de fraude inmigratorio
- Aug 23:
- Secretario de Justicia de Utah apoya suspensión de deportaciones
- Aug 22:
- Shift in immigration policy just in time for Denver woman facing deportation
- Pareja lésbica de Colorado gana tiempo en caso de deportación
- Aug 19:
- Hero who saved girl says he's undocumented
- Aug 25:
- Decisión inmigratoria federal divide opiniones en Colorado
- Aug 18:
- US undertaking case-by-case review on deportation
- Aug 16:
- Georgia rally protests ICE fingerprint program
- Aug 13:
- Colorado's pact with ICE becoming national template
- Aug 11:
- Editorial: Secure Communities is a valid immigration tool
- Aug 5:
- ICE announces it will impose Secure Communities on state and local governments
- Aug 2:
- Planean ley para evitar deportación de inmigrantes sin cargos
- Jul 20:
- 200 organizaciones comunitarias se oponen por carta a Comunidades Seguras
- Jul 18:
- NY: piden eliminación de programa comunidades seguras
- Jul 6:
- Costoso equipo demoraría la implementación de Comunidades Seguras en Colorado
- Jun 29:
- Seguridad fronteriza: Altos costos, resultados no tan altos
- Jun 21:
- Immigration officials hold 81 locally as part of national roundup
- Jun 18:
- ICE anuncia cambios a programa Comunidades Seguras
- Jun 21:
- Confirman "eficacia" del programa de arrestos de extranjeros criminales
- Jun 3:
- Obama DREAM Act ad causes blacklash among Latino voters
- Jun 1:
- San Francisco no facilitará deportación de indocumentados
- May 27:
- Alguacil dice que no reportará indocumentados a ICE
- May 26:
- Latinos heavily courted in Denver mayoral election
- May 10:
- 28% of 'dangerous' deportees classified non-criminals by ICE
- May 5:
- Un 28% de los deportados mediante Comunidades Seguras no son criminales
- May 18:
- Manifestantes se reunen para apoyar a madre en audiencia de deportación
- Pastors gather to protest policies that separate families
- Estudiante mexicana, nuevo símbolo de padeceres de indocumentados
- May 6:
- Hispanos condenan verificación de huellas de indocumentados
- Hispanics seek halt to enforcement tactic
TIJUANA, Mexico (AP) - Agustin Portillo checks the oil in his wife's car, stores her luggage in her trunk and then drives her from his tiny apartment in Tijuana to the United States border entry port. It's not a long trip, but Ana Portillo is afraid to maneuver the streets of this violent city by herself.
They wait patiently in the hours-long security line, holding hands and stealing chaste kisses. A romantic ballad comes on the car radio, and Agustin faintly serenades his longtime bride. Ana tries not to notice when he tears up.
When they are near the checkpoint, he kisses her again before stepping out of the car. This is as far as he can go. After 20 years of living with his Ana in Los Angeles, he is stuck on the Mexican side of the fence.
Photos: 60 years on the U.S.-Mexico border
Many assume an illegal immigrant married to a U.S. citizen easily qualifies for a "green card" or legal U.S. residency. But Ana, an immigrant from El Salvador who is a U.S. citizen, and Agustin, a Mexican who lived illegally in the United States for decades, know the truth. They can live together in one of the poor, violent nations they fled, or they can live like this, divided.
The federal law that prohibits many undocumented immigrants from living in the United States with their citizen spouses has been criticized by President Barack Obama, who recently ordered the State Department to allow some families to stay together. But it's unclear when that will happen or how many families it will help.
Agustin, 49, and Ana, 60, have been separated by the border for nearly two years. She misses his companionship and how he cared for her when she was sick. He longs to seek her counsel when something troubles him, to feel her warmth as they sleep
"Without her, I am practically nothing," he said.
He lives alone in Tijuana. She lives in a small Los Angeles apartment with her younger son, an illegal immigrant, and his family. Her other child, a legal resident, lives in Las Vegas. Her three grandchildren were all born in the United States.
Every two weeks, she makes the 300-mile roundtrip from Los Angeles to Agustin's one-bedroom apartment in central Tijuana. There is no fridge, no sofa, no oven. He sleeps on an air mattress and stores his food in coolers filled with ice.
On a recent visit, she wore a revealing shirt for her husband. Her hair had been straightened and dyed black. His hair was gray, but his arms looked strong from frequent workouts to relieve his frustrations.
He sobbed as they embraced.
Agustin wants to be with his family, but not in Tijuana, where the U.S. State Department warns of narcotics-related violence.
Ana, left, and Agustin Portillo kiss each other goodbye at the U.S. border in Tijuana, Mexico. Ana, a naturalized U.S. citizen who lives and works in Los Angeles, visits Agustin in Tijuana twice a month. Agustin drives Ana to the border when she leaves and walks several miles back to his apartment. (Julie Jacobson/AP)
It's a city where border crossers pray at the centuries-old Roman Catholic church for safe passage. In a bustling street, amid churro vendors and the painted donkey of this infamous metropolis, dour-looking men and women clutch dirty duffel bags. They are "Los Indocumentados," or the undocumented, people who haven't made it past the border.
"I am in the same position as them, waiting to cross to a better life and unable to do so," Agustin said as he and Ana stood near the crowded church on a recent afternoon.
Inside, they knelt and prayed.
They were both illegal immigrants living in the same Los Angeles apartment complex when they met at a birthday party in 1988.
He traveled with her to El Salvador to help bring her two sons from a previous relationship to California. They were chased by border agents and threatened by highway robbers and drug dealers. The brutality of the trip cemented the bonds of their new family once they made it to the United States.
She took care of the children of affluent doctors while he sold cars or sewed clothes at a factory.
Ana and her sons soon qualified for visas under a temporary amnesty program that helped foreigners whose homelands were deemed unsafe. They could work and live in the U.S., but not travel abroad. The amnesty did not apply to Agustin.
Ana's older son graduated from high school with high marks, but couldn't afford to go to college because his non-resident status disqualified him from federal aid. His younger brother asked Ana and Agustin to take him out of advanced classes. What was the point, he said, if he couldn't go to college? It was one of many times Ana cried for her sons.
She obtained a permanent visa in 2001 and later became a U.S. citizen. Her older son in Las Vegas also sought a permanent visa, and his brother promised to do the same. Ana was hopeful everyone in her family would soon be free from "that fear that they will deport you at any time," she said.
But she was quickly reminded of how the law works.
Her nephew, a U.S. citizen, talked her younger son into going to Tijuana for his 21st birthday, reasoning that border officials, hearing him speak English, would think he was American. But when her son tried to return, the border officer wanted more than to hear him speak. His temporary visa didn't allow him re-entry and he no longer qualified for a permanent visa because he was caught trying to enter the country illegally.
A coyote, or an immigrant smuggler, was paid to fetch Ana's son, returning him to California.
Before 1996, illegal immigrants living in the United States could easily obtain visas or a "green card" if their spouse or parents were U.S. citizens or legal residents. But critics complained, and that year President Bill Clinton signed a law that banned illegal immigrants seeking visas from returning to the United States for up to 10 years.
Under federal law, visa applicants must return to their native country for a State Department interview. Many learn that they are banned during that meeting, when they are already outside the U.S. Those who are caught crossing the border or living in the United States after being deported can be banned for life.
Families can seek an "extreme hardship" waiver to avoid the ban. But the law does not define extreme hardship and case law suggests the U.S. government does not consider factors such as children or the potential loss to family income.
Under Obama's proposed overhaul, some immigrants would be able to seek a hardship waiver before departing to their native country for a visa interview.
Obama's plan doesn't need to be approved by Congress. Some Republicans say he is fishing for Hispanic votes ahead of the November election.
As it is, some 3.4 million illegal immigrants would likely qualify for visas because of their spouses or parents, but don't apply because they would be subject to the multi-year ban, said Muzaffar Chishti, an immigration lawyer with the Migration Policy Institute in New York.
Critics say illegal immigrants should face tough penalties. Some support a permanent ban for anyone living in the country illegally.
"When I hear that the United States is tearing apart families, I really have a problem with that, because people have a choice," said David Seminara, a former State Department consular officer who opposes the hardship waivers in most cases.
Agustin's troubles started after he developed a hernia. He worried he could die without again seeing his older sisters in southern Mexico. He begged Ana to move back with him.
But she told him she couldn't earn what she does as a Los Angeles nanny, $500 a week. Mexico's per capita income is roughly one-third that, according to government figures.
So Agustin returned to his sisters. He was confident he could cross the border again whenever he wanted, as he had done when younger. After three months, he was ready to return to Los Angeles. But the border agents laughed at him when he tried to present a visa belonging to another man.
"Brother, you must think I'm an idiot," one agent said.
Agustin hired a coyote to take him into southern Arizona. They were almost there when a Border Patrol helicopter roared into the night sky. Agustin crawled into a ditch obscured by rocks. When the sound of the helicopter faded, he was alone and lost.
For hours, Agustin wandered through the desert as vultures circled. He thought he was dying of thirst when he came to a highway and a passing motorist offered him a ride to Tijuana. Since then, he's been too afraid to try again. Fear has also kept him from applying for legal entry.
"To see your family go and you can't go with them, it breaks your heart," he said.
And so he remains in Tijuana, where the border looms with thermal imaging surveillance cameras, patrolling aircraft and rows of strategically-placed walls, fences and watchtowers. Graffiti in English and Spanish covers the steel and concrete.
"This wall will not save your economy," reads one message.
"No wall can contain my heart," reads another.
The fence ends at the Pacific beach in western Tijuana. At sunset, with the orange bulb of the sun falling into the waves, the scene is almost romantic.
But not for Agustin and Ana, who read the angry messages as they walked arm-in-arm along the wall.
"This is where dreams die," Agustin said.
When he first began driving Ana to the border checkpoint at the end of their visits, Agustin would cry openly as she tried to console him in the hectic maze of taco stands, bass-thumping cars and makeshift tourist shops selling Virgin Mary statues.
"He used to tell me, 'If only you could put me in your luggage,'" Ana recalled.
These days, he tries to more closely guard his emotions. He knows his tears upset her.
On her most recent trip, after Agustin left the car to walk back to his life in Tijuana, Ana handed her U.S. passport to a burly border officer. He cooed to her: You are so pretty. Do you have a boyfriend? He doesn't have papers, right?
"My husband," Ana replied.
The officer waved her forward.