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.


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


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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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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

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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

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


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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


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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

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

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


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