Lauren Rabaino is a Seattle-based digital journalist who was born and raised in Tulare County, Calif.
Federal district and circuit courts have seen their dockets balloon with immigration cases over the last decade. The federal government’s intensified attention to enforcement and border security, prosecution of unauthorized border crossers, and a surge in the number of people who have appealed their deportation orders have contributed to the increase. Meanwhile, the backlog in
Through a Freedom of Information Act request, the Center for Investigative Reporting received data on apprehensions of men, women and children by the Border Patrol last fiscal year. Most are from Mexico, but thousands of others come through Mexico and into the U.S. from Central American countries. Despite efforts by the Border Patrol to deter
Since 9/11, Customs and Border Protection has grown into the largest law enforcement agency in the country. With immigration reform now at the top of the agenda for Congress and President Barack Obama, understanding the agency is more important than ever. Here's how this vast organization works.
The Department of Veterans Affairs tracks and widely reports the average wait time for benefits: 273 days. But internal data indicate that veterans filing their first claim, including those who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, wait nearly two months longer.
Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to end California’s decades-long prison crisis has a daunting to-do list: Reduce overcrowding, improve inmate health care, end federal court oversight, cut recidivism and slash the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s massive $10 billion budget. Brown’s 2011 Public Safety Realignment Act redirects low-level offenders from state lockups to county jails, while
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