A look back at The Intercept’s must-read immigration stories from 2019.

Border Patrol Chief Carla Provost Was a Member of Secret Facebook Group


Photo: Andrew Harnik/AP

Three months after her appointment as chief of the Border Patrol, Carla Provost posted in the “I’m 10-15” Facebook group.
By Ryan Devereaux

Thousands of Immigrants Suffer in Solitary Confinement in ICE Detention


Illustration: Rocco Fazzari for ICIJ

Locked for weeks or months in solitary cells, mentally ill and vulnerable detainees are plagued by anxiety, anger, depression, and suicidal impulses.
By Spencer Woodman, Maryam Saleh, Hannah Rappleye, Karrie Kehoe

Scott Warren Worked to Prevent Migrant Deaths in the Arizona Desert. The Government Wants Him in Prison.


Photo: Laura Saunders for The Intercept

Thousands of migrants have died crossing the desert in Arizona. The U.S. government is prosecuting activists who try to save lives and recover bodies.
By Ryan Devereaux

Photo: Kitra Cahana

The Intercept has uncovered a pattern of official harassment aimed at journalists covering migrant caravans in Mexico, as well as attorneys and activists.
By Ryan Devereaux

Border Patrol Arrest Reports Are Full of Lies That Can Sabotage Asylum Claims


Illustration: Clay Rodery for The Intercept

The Intercept found erroneous or fabricated information, inconsistencies, and boilerplate language included on forms filled out by immigration officials.
By John Washington

The Tragic Story of Jimmy Aldaoud, Deported From the Streets of Detroit to His Death in Iraq


Illustration: Ella Trujillo for The Intercept

Aldaoud was targeted as part of an ongoing ICE crackdown on Iraqi communities. His family and supporters say the agency bears responsibility for his death.
By Chris Gelardi

A Honduran Asylum-Seeker Was Brutally Murdered After Being Deported — From Mexico


Illustration: Cornelia Li for The Intercept

While Donald Trump seeks border wall funding, the U.S. has already helped Mexico build an invisible wall, sending asylum-seekers to their deaths.
By Eileen Grench

Migrant Children Trapped in Mexico Are Leaving Their Families and Crossing the Border Alone


Photo: Verónica G. Cárdenas for The Intercept

Children of asylum-seekers, trapped in Mexico by Trump’s migrant protection protocols, are slipping away from their families and crossing the border alone.
By Debbie Nathan

How Solitary Confinement Kills: Torture and Stunning Neglect End in Suicide at Privately Run ICE Prison


Image: Stewart Detention Center

Guards at an ICE jail put Efraín Romero de la Rosa in solitary confinement despite a diagnosis of schizophrenia. He killed himself after 21 days.
By José Olivares, Video by Travis Mannon

Honduran Teen Fled Gangs at Home Only to Be Murdered While Stranded at the U.S.-Mexico Border


Photo: Héctor Edú for The Intercept

The murder of Jorge Ruiz and another teen casts into stark relief the dangers faced by unaccompanied minors at the U.S.-Mexico border.
By Julia Gavarrete, Heather Gies