Closing Liberty’s Sea-Washed, Sunset Gates: The Intercept’s 2018 Immigration Coverage

ICE’s arrest of an activist and the targeting of aid volunteers in Arizona were early salvos in a harassment campaign that peaked with family separations.

The Trump administration opened 2018 with a renewed attack on immigrants. The arrest by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement of immigrant rights activist Ravi Ragbir and the targeting of No More Deaths volunteers in Arizona were early salvos in a campaign of harassment and intimidation that reached its apex with the family separation crisis.

1,224 Complaints Reveal a Staggering Pattern of Sexual Abuse in Immigration Detention. Half of Those Accused Worked for ICE.

Illustration: Nicole Rifkin
Immigrants sexually abused in ICE detention have been saying #MeToo for years. They faced retaliation and a system unwilling to hold itself accountable.
By Alice Speri

The Day After Trump’s ICE Raid in a Small Tennessee Town, 550 Kids Stayed Home From School

Photo: Saul Young/News Sentinel
In a massive immigration raid, ICE rounded up Latino workers without asking them questions or telling them why they were being detained.
By Ryan Devereaux, Alice Speri

Hidden Horrors of “Zero Tolerance” — Mass Trials and Children Taken From Their Parents

Photo: Federal Courthouse, Pecos, Tex.
All along the border, immigrants coming into the U.S. — even those applying for asylum at ports of entry — have had their children removed from them.
By Debbie Nathan


Desperate Asylum-Seekers Are Being Turned Away by U.S. Border Agents Claiming There’s “No Room”

Still: Debbie Nathan
The practice of turning away asylum-seekers at the border has suddenly become routine, in defiance of U.S. and international law.
By Debbie Nathan

An Abused Woman Came to the U.S. Seeking Asylum. The Government Took Her 5-Year-Old Son. This Is How She Got Him Back.

Still: Verónica G. Cárdenas
“I cried some, but I tried to be strong,” the little boy said when he was reunited with his mother after 38 days of separation.
By Debbie Nathan

Photos of Children Being Teargassed Stoke Outrage — While Playing Into Trump’s Manufactured Border Crisis

Photo: Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters
Tear gas is a tool of repression — but it also produces the kind of image that feeds Trump’s made-up notion of a border crisis.
By Natasha Lennard

Undocumented Immigrant Faces a Choice: Become an Informant for ICE or Be Deported

Photo: Joel Angel Juárez
ICE told Carlos Rueda Cruz to focus on “illegal aliens” with criminal histories. He would need to produce one name per month or be sent back to Mexico.
By Ryan Katz

ICE Has Conducted Hundreds of Raids in New York Since Trump Came to Power. Here’s What Those Operations Look Like.

Map: Immigrant Defense Project
The ICEWatch project is the culmination of years of work tracking ICE operations by the Immigrant Defense Project and the Center for Constitutional Rights.
By Ryan Devereaux

As ICE Targets Immigrant Rights Activists for Deportation, Suspicious Vehicles Outside Churches Stoke Surveillance Fears

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ICE is entering and surveilling churches, immigrant rights activists said, after two New Sanctuary leaders were targeted by authorities for deportation.
By Nick Pinto

The Trump Administration Carried Out Thousands More Family Separations Than Previously Acknowledged

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An Amnesty International report describes an orchestrated campaign by the Trump administration to seek “the full dismantling of the U.S. asylum system.”
By Ryan Devereaux, Alice Speri, Cora Currier

An Iraqi Family Sought Asylum in the U.S., Thinking the Worst Was Over. Then Their American Nightmare Began.

Photo: Michelle Siu
How a man accused of no crime found himself in indefinite detention on U.S. soil — and the remarkable lengths his family went to in order to get him back.
By Ryan Devereaux

Nine Humanitarian Activists Face Federal Charges After Leaving Water for Migrants in the Arizona Desert

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The group No More Deaths says the charges are part of a ramped-up effort to crack down not only on migrants, but on the groups that help them.
By Ryan Devereaux

ICE Shackled 92 Somalis for 40 Hours on a Failed Deportation Flight. That Was Just the Start of the Abuse.

Photo: John Moore/Getty Images
Half the group is being detained at Glades County Detention Center, where they have complained of a litany of abuses, including violent assaults by guards.
By Maryam Saleh

In South Texas, Border Residents Struggle to Cope With the Latest Military Surge

Photo: Verónica G. Cárdenas
Border communities still remember when a U.S. Marine assigned to a drug interdiction task force mistakenly shot and killed an 18-year-old boy.
By Melissa del Bosque

He Grew Up Thinking He Was American — Until He Was Deported

Photo: Courtesy of Kurt Cappelli
Mauricio Cappelli, with his thick Wisconsin accent, was deported to his birth country after learning as an adult that he did not have citizenship.
By Daniel Medina

ICE Detainee Diagnosed With Schizophrenia Spent 21 Days in Solitary Confinement, Then Took His Own Life

Photo: Reade Levinson/Reuters
Efraín Romero de la Rosa’s suicide was the second in 15 months by a detainee with a history of mental illness at a privately run ICE detention center.
By Jose Olivares




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