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Patrick J. McDonnell

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Criminal Justice

U.S. Citizens Caught Up in Immigration Sweeps

Frank Ponce de Leon, a native of Mexico who lives in La Puente, Calif., spent almost three months in immigration custody — all the while insisting he was a U.S. citizen. Photo: Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times Rennison Vern Castillo thought his legal troubles were nearly over at the end of a jail stay

Apr 9, 2009
Accountability

Mexico’s Drug War Creates New Class of Refugees

EL PASO—The Juarez police lieutenant was recovering from three gunshot wounds, the result of an assault by hit men for a drug cartel. His name was on a death list brazenly posted at a monument for fallen peace officers. Lt. Salvador Hernandez Arvizu didn't like his odds of surviving in Mexico. So he fled his

Mar 4, 2009