Decades-long struggle to secure U.S.-Mexico border

inewsource partnered with KPBS for this in-depth, multimedia project. As part of it, reporters used previously undisclosed data to create an interactive map that shows every mile of the current U.S.-Mexico border wall along with when it was constructed. The map is layered with information on illegal immigration patterns and enforcement over the decades.

Probe uncovers $150M deal to detain immigrants in New Mexico

An investigation by Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting into a New Mexico prison contractor unveiled an enormous for-profit operation that is contracted to make $150 million in five years by detaining immigrants. Although New Mexico is generally immigrant friendly and at times resists complying with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE,…

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Investigation finds hundreds of workers confined to American fishing boats

An investigation by the Associated Press found that around 700 undocumented men from Southeast Asian and Pacific Island nations are working dangerous fishing jobs on American boats where they are confined for years. They found instances of human trafficking, tuberculosis, insufficient food supplies and 20-hour work days on many of the boats. Some of the…

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U.S. refugee system doesn’t always live up to its promises

As thousand of Syrian refugees head to America, NYCity News Service investigated the U.S. government’s vast resettlement system. The news service, part of the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, uncovered widespread financial problems among nonprofits contracted by the government to work with refugees. Documents reveal insufficient government oversight, and many times basic promises for medical…

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Inadequate care can lead to death in privatized prisons

Currently, in the United States, there are 11 Bureau of Prisons facilities that are used for noncitizens. These facilities are operated by private corporations and many get medical care through subcontractors, according to a report by Reveal. Recently, the bureau released 9,000 pages of files due to a pubic records request. The files contained medical…

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Wealthy foreigners can buy visas through poorly regulated EB-5 program

U.S. immigration is a maze. Unless you’re rich. Thousands of wealthy foreigners have entered the U.S. through the EB-5 visa program, despite concerns of fraud and threats to national security, according to an investigation by the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. A firearms dealer, an attorney who has represented dozens of criminals coming into the country, businessmen linked…

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Immigrants bringing welfare back to Cuba

When Cuban immigrants arrive in the U.S., they are immediately eligible to apply for welfare, according to the Sun Sentinel in Fort Lauderdale. This is due to a national policy of treating Cubans who arrive as refugees. However, a three-part investigation by the Sun Sentinel found that there has been widespread abuse of U.S. welfare…

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Seattle-based company sells ‘birth tourism’ to Chinese women

A tip from a Chinese-speaking viewer led KING television’s investigative team in Seattle to a website promoting “birth tourism.” The Seattle-based company purported to offer travel services and luxury accommodations in one of the Pacific Northwest’s most exclusive neighborhoods. The KING 5 Investigators uncovered that pregnant foreigners paid tens of thousands of dollars to give…

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Extra Extra: Salmonella outbreak, Cuban refugees, Oklahoma prisons

USDA repeatedly blinked when facing salmonella outbreaks involving foster farms | The Oregonian Over the course of a decade, hundreds of people from Eugene to Baker City to Portland and Seattle were struck by bouts of food poisoning so severe they fled to their doctors or emergency rooms for treatment. They had no idea what…

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