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AP Visits Immigration Courts Across US, Finds Nonstop Chaos

LUMPKIN, Ga. — In a locked, guarded courtroom in a compound surrounded by razor wire, Immigration Judge Jerome Rothschild waits -- and stalls. “It is just a cumbersome, huge system, and yet administration upon administration comes in here and tries to use t...
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What Crackdown? Migrant Smuggling Business Adapts, Thrives

HERMOSILLO, Mexico — The heavy-set man swept through a curtain into the reserved area of a nightclub as his bodyguard stood nearby. In the darkness, he agreed to talk about his business: handling the income from smuggling migrants across a 375-mile stretch of ...
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Top AP Photos of 2019 Range From the Epic to the Intimate

Ours is a world of sweeping vistas, and intimate scenes. In 2019, Associated Press photographers captured both. A single Border Protection officer stands in the rain at the border; pieces of heavy equipment, replacing a stretch of border wall, are dwarfed b...