One morning in early August, Jorge, a thirty-seven-year-old construction worker from Guatemala who lives with his wife and two children in Virginia, received a phone call from an unknown number with a Texas area code.
Last Friday, two weeks after a federal judge in San Diego ordered the U.S. government to reunite more than twenty-five hundred migrant families who had been forcibly separated at the border, lawyers from the Department of
few days ago, Emily Kephart, a program coördinator at an immigrant-rights group called Kids in Need of Defense, set out to try to find a six-year-old Guatemalan girl who had been separated from her father
For extortionists, undocumented migrants have become big business. The kidnapper sounded polite, even deferential, when she called on a Tuesday afternoon last May. Melida Lemus and Alfredo Godoy had left their clapboard house in