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And the Oscar for best documentary goes to …

The I Files pays homage to the Academy Awards this week, bringing you excerpts from this year’s nominated documentaries. We’re also featuring clips from memorable past winners, as well as two documentaries that tell the real-life stories dramatized in two of this year’s most talked about Best Picture contenders.

Worked Over

Lawsuit over lost wages moves closer to Wal-Mart’s door

Video: Adithya Sambamurthy     MIRA LOMA, Calif. – Plaintiffs in a lawsuit that seeks back pay and damages for workers who allege they were cheated out of wages at a Southern California warehouse that serves Wal-Mart, filed a motion today to include the giant retailer as a defendant in the suit. The inclusion of

Border Patrol

Immigrant busts fall, but is border enforcement the reason?

Flickr/Brian Auer When the Department of Homeland Security trudged up to Capitol Hill this year and asked lawmakers for another 365 days worth of funding, as every federal agency does each year, officials ticked off a list of accomplishments they presented as evidence of the agency’s ongoing success. The department pointed to a marked decrease in

Criminal Justice

States pass fewer immigration laws in 2012, study says

California State CapitolAndy Z./Shutterstock With the U.S. Supreme Court decision on Arizona's get-tough immigration enforcement law in the rearview mirror, state lawmakers nationwide might be gearing up for more action on related bills in the coming year. In the shadow of the Supreme Court's looming decision, the number of related bills and resolutions pushed by

Aug 7, 2012
Border Patrol

California border crossing sees most deportations

The San Ysidro port of entry between Tijuana, Mexico, and San Diego County is the busiest land border crossing in the world, with more than 30 million people crossing into the U.S. from Mexico in 2011. Zach Tirrell/Flickr The San Ysidro port of entry – which separates Tijuana, Mexico, from San Diego County – is the busiest land

Jun 22, 2012
Border Patrol

At U.S. border, expensive drones generate lots of buzz, few results

A U.S. Customs and Border Protection unmanned aircraft, or droneCharles McCain/Flickr TUCSON, Ariz. – An aerial drone, zooming somewhere out of sight high above the cooling scrubland, first spotted the group of nearly two dozen migrants. Snaking through the Sonoran Desert on a warm, moonless night last month, the would-be immigrants traversed the rugged foothills

Jun 15, 2012
Border Patrol

New details emerge as ex-Border Patrol brothers fight corruption charges

  Since Oct. 1, 2004, 147 Customs and Border Protection officers and agents have been charged with or convicted of corruption-related offenses, ranging from taking bribes to stealing government money. U.S. Border Patrol/Shutterstock Days before U.S. Border Patrol agents Raul and Fidel Villarreal abruptly quit their San Diego posts in June 2006, the brothers scrambled

Jun 1, 2012
Border Patrol

Border agency’s rapid growth accompanied by rise in corruption

This story also appeared in the Los Angeles Times. A sun-faded homeland security sign awaits motorists as they enter the United States from Mexico at the border in San Ysidro, California. Image courtesy Mike Blake/Reuters     When Luis Alarid was a child, his mother would seat him in the car while she smuggled people

Oct 17, 2011
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