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A new FRONTLINE documentary explores how the COVID-19 crisis has affected vulnerable populations of immigrants and undocumented workers in the United States through stories of crucial farm and meat-packing workers — the pandemic's invisible victims.


The last two weeks have been busy for Mexico's immigration authorities. Since Jan. 18, the Mexican government says it has "assisted returns" of 2,303 Central American migrants back to their home countries.

"Assisted returns" means deported — but much of the official language referring to migration in Mexico remains euphemistic, critics say, even as the government's migration policies have grown harsher.

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The Trump administration took steps Friday to restrict visas for pregnant women trying to visit the United States. It's part of an effort to curb what the administration calls "birth tourism."

Reynaldo Leanos Jr. | Texas Public Radio

Hundreds of red, blue and orange tents are scattered around the Gateway International Bridge that connects Brownsville, Texas, to Matamoros, Mexico, where more than 2,000 asylum seekers live. Children with their families have endured heat, cold and inclement weather for months. Such conditions are grinding down migrants' mental health.

Carson Frame | Texas Public Radio

The Tamaulipas Attorney General's Office confirmed the identity of the asylum seeker who died by suicide on the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge.

In his annual Christmas Day address, Pope Francis offered a message of hope and a call for kindness to migrants around the world.

"May the Son of God, come down to earth from heaven, protect and sustain all those who, due to these and other injustices, are forced to emigrate in the hope of a secure life," the pontiff said from the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica.

Updated at 11:34 p.m. ET

A government internal watchdog said there was no wrongdoing or misconduct by Department of Homeland Security officials in the deaths of two migrant children last December, according to two reports released late Friday.

Host Jeremy Hobson speaks with César Cuauhtémoc García Hernández (@crimmigration), author of “Migrating to Prison: America’s Obsession With Locking Up Immigrants.”

Book Excerpt: ‘Migrating To Prison’

By César Cuauhtémoc García Hernández

Veronica G. Cardenas for Texas Public Radio

A report by the Department of Homeland Security's inspector general said the DHS did not have adequate technology to track families separated during the implementation of the Trump administration’s Zero Tolerance Policy across the U.S.-Mexico border.

A federal jury in Tucson, Ariz., has acquitted a humanitarian aid worker who was charged with harboring a pair of migrants from Central America after Border Patrol agents reported seeing him provide food and shelter in the Arizona desert.

It was the second time federal prosecutors had put Scott Warren of the faith-based border aid group No More Deaths on trial.

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