Border & Immigration

Texas can — for now — continue to deny issuing birth certificates to the U.S.-born children of illegal immigrants, a federal judge decided on Friday.

NPR's Kelly McEvers interviews Sonia Nazario — author of Enrique's Journey and board member of the group Kind — about her New York Times story on Mexico's campaign to keep Central American migrants from the U.S. border.

It probably won't surprise you that there's a growing polarization among Americans over how to deal with several immigration policy proposals.

Whether it's Donald Trump's idea for a massive border fence or the proposal to change the Constitution so that babies of unauthorized residents aren't automatically made citizens, Republicans and Democrats are hardening their views, according to a new national survey issued by the Washington, D.C.-based Pew Research Center.

On Friday, in a federal courtroom in Tucson, Ariz., an agent of the U.S. Border Patrol for the first time will be arraigned on charges of murder for shooting and killing a Mexican national across the international border.

On Oct. 10, 2012, Agent Lonnie Ray Swartz, standing behind the border fence in Nogales, Ariz., shot 16-year-old Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez, who was walking along a sidewalk in Nogales, Sonora. The agent claims he acted in self-defense against rock-throwers on the other side.

America's Immigration Crisis, A Year Later

Sep 16, 2015

Remember the other migration crisis? The one on this continent last year? You might recall the busloads of children entering Murrieta, California, forced by protesters to turn around. It was part of a surge of unaccompanied minors taking the treacherous journey from Central America through Mexico to the U.S. border.

The numbers were already at a record high in 2013, and then last year, they almost doubled. The influx caused heated debates on national and local levels over what to do with the children. And then the topic dropped from the headlines.