For decades, native-born American Jews changed their names to improve their job prospects.
The demographics of name change petitioners today – and the reasons that they give – tell a complicated story of race, class and culture.
Voting sign in Spanish.
The Voting Rights Act offers language assistance for voters with limited English proficiency. What can we learn from an Idaho county's experience offering foreign-language ballots?
Screenshot from Republican John Rose’s campaign ad ‘Build the Wall,’ which equates all immigration with the Salvadoran gang MS-13.
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MS-13 is not the biggest or most violent gang in the US. But its grisly murders and Latino membership inflame Americans' anxiety about immigration. GOP campaign ads stoke those fears to attack Democrats.
Study finds changes to gut microbiome begin as soon as migrants move to the US and continue to change over decades.
Central American migrants face extortion, robbery, assault, kidnapping, rape and murder on their weeks-long journey through Mexico. Some find safety in numbers.
AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd
More than two-thirds of Central American migrants will experience violence on their journey through Mexico, from robbery and extortion to rape. Caravans create safety in numbers.
Latinos make up 12 percent of all registered voters in the US, but less than half vote regularly.
AP Photo/Isaac Brekken, File
Latinos are less likely than other Americans to vote in November, new polling shows. Here's why Democrats shouldn't expect a Latino blue wave to swing the midterms in their favor.
Some 5,000 Venezuelans flee the country’s violence, tyranny and hunger every day, creating an historic migration crisis that rivals Syria’s.
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Trump has called Venezuela a 'human tragedy' and threatened invasion while quietly deporting and denying asylum to Venezuelan refugees. His anti-socialist rhetoric may make for good midterm politics.
A security officer checks a traveler’s passport.
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How did governments get the power to limit people's movements in the first place? A historian explains.
Protestors block entrance Immigration and Customs Enforcement offices.
AP Photo/Gregory Bull
It's more than just a slogan. For community organizers, 'Abolish ICE' represents the first step to a world without immigrant detention or prisons.
An immigrant child looks out from a U.S. Border Patrol bus.
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A 15-year-old fleeing violence in El Salvador came to the US in 1985. Her case set in motion a Supreme Court decision that would affect how authorities treat children in their custody for decades.
A mother and daughter reunited after their separation in late May.
AP Photo/Eric Gay
History shows that the US court system isn't sympathetic to undocumented migrants when it comes to parental rights.
Ugandan Asian family at Tonfanau Camp, April 1973.
Jim Arnould, Nova
Camps of the 20th century were focused on resettlement. Today, the focus is on confining movement and deportation. What changed?
Daily life in some parts of Central America is so fearsome for parents and children that crossing Mexico and risking detention in the U.S. seems less fearsome.
Central American youth are 10 times more likely to be murdered than children in the US. Child homicides in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador are rising even as other violence declines.
Protesters hold up signs outside of an Immigration and Customs Enforcement office.
AP Photo/Jeff Chiu
An immigration expert breaks through the alphabet soup of federal agencies responsible for enforcing immigration laws.
Trump supporter holds banner against Central American-based Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13).
How city and state governments identify and keep records of suspected gang members can be problematic. Good data are essential to addressing violent crime across the US.
Immigration activists outside the White House in Washington.
Public opinion data on immigration show support across parties and ideologies on a key immigration issue over time.
Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador will take office as Mexico’s president on Dec. 1, 2018.
Leftist Andrés Manuel López Obrador, a former Mexico City mayor and career outsider, won Mexico's July 1 presidential election in a landslide. The US-Mexico relationship is about to change.
The Trump administration’s new family separation policy has become a hot issue in Mexico’s presidential election. All four candidates say that Mexico must do more to respect the human rights of Central American migrants.
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Mexico elects a new president on July 1. Frontrunner Andrés Manuel López Obrador says Trump's immigration policy is 'arrogant, racist and inhuman' and that he won't do the US's 'dirty work' anymore.
Hashtags at the ready.
The power of the mainstream media to put pressure US government policy should not be underrated.
Haitian refugees at the Guantanamo Naval Base in Cuba, Sept. 7, 1994.
AP Photo/Doug Mills
When thousands fled violence in Haiti, the US military set up a refugee camp at Guantanamo. Most were sent back to Haiti, while hundreds remained trapped on the base under terrible conditions.