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Unaccompanied immigrant minors wait for Border Patrol processing after they crossed the Rio Grande into Roma, Texas, April 29, 2021. John Moore/Getty Images

This is what happens to child migrants found alone at the border, from the moment they cross into the US until age 18

A record 95,079 child migrants had arrived alone at the US’s southern border by July this year. The US is legally responsible for these children, but it is struggling to give them adequate care.
Three DACA recipients hold pictures of themselves as children newly arrived in the United States at a congressional meeting, Sept. 6, 2017. Jose Luis Magan/AP Photo

DACA in doubt after court ruling: 3 questions answered

The Supreme Court ruled in 2020 that DACA, a policy that shields undocumented young immigrants from deportation, could continue. Now a Texas court says it can’t. An immigration lawyer explains.
Honduran and Cuban migrants cross the Rio Grande River on the U.S.-Mexico border, June 26, 2019. Carolyn Cole/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

Cuba’s economic woes may fuel America’s next migrant crisis

The dire conditions that brought waves of Cubans to the US in the 1980s and 1990s are again escalating on the communist island, provoked by Trump-era sanctions and the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Bible contains many stories of migration, including that of Joseph, Mary and Jesus. Universal History Archive/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

Jesus, Paul and the border debate – why cherry-picking Bible passages misses the immigrant experience in ancient Rome

Many within the political left and right draw on the Bible to inform their views on immigration, but neglect to take into account how foreigners were treated under the Roman Empire during the time of Jesus.
Migrants pray at a March 2 demonstration at San Ysidro crossing port in Tijuana, Mexico, to demand clearer U.S. migration policies. Guillermo Arias/AFP via Getty Images

When Americans recall their roots, they open up to immigration

Research suggests that reminding Americans – Democrats and Republicans – of their family history creates empathy for immigrants and more favorable views toward immigration.
Demonstrators at Philadelphia International Airport protest President Trump’s executive order clamping down on refugee admissions on Jan. 29, 2017. Jessica Kourkounis/Getty Images

Refugees don’t undermine the US economy – they energize it

Refugees hinder the US economy, the Trump administration has said as it cuts refugee admissions to record lows. But data show that they boost economies, revive neighborhoods and expand tax bases.
President Donald Trump has repeatedly claimed that undocumented immigrants cause more crime, but new research suggests the opposite might be true. Apu Gomes/AFP via Getty Images

Undocumented immigrants may actually make American communities safer – not more dangerous – new study finds

Statistical models debunk claims by Trump and others that undocumented immigration into the U.S. increases crime, building on a litany of past research.
The proposed policy mainly targets students from the Middle East and African nations. Brothers91/E+ via Getty Images Plus

Proposed student visa policy could hinder US competitiveness

An effort by the Trump administration to put stricter limits on students and scholars from certain countries may cost a lot and accomplish little, an international education expert argues.
A New Jersey minister welcoming members of the KKK into his church in 1923. Bettmann via Getty Imageshttps://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/this-unusual-and-exclusive-photo-shows-on-the-platform-of-news-photo/514686802?adppopup=true

Protestantism’s troubling history with white supremacy in the US

White supremacists feed off a narrative of America being white and Protestant. The Church’s history in the US is enmeshed with racist ideology.
A university class included a game that simulated aspects of the experience people like these would-be immigrants can expect in the U.S. AP Photo/Elliot Spagat

Learn to trust immigrants by role-playing in their shoes

Simulating some experiences of immigrant life can help nonimmigrants learn to understand, and even trust, people from other countries more.
Some people are U.S. citizens at birth, like this baby born in California. Joseph Sohm/Shutterstock.com

Who is born a US citizen?

If upheld, a federal court ruling would solidify birthright citizenship as the law of the land, and overturn more than a century of federal refusal to grant American Samoans citizenship status.

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