Marshall Project Originals
Decoding the Border Law Democrats are Debating
A proposal by Julián Castro would make unauthorized border crossing a civil offense, not a crime.
First Step Offers Release for Some Prisoners—But Not Non-Citizens
About 750 federal inmates will be transferred to Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody starting in mid-July.
Immigration Courts Getting Lost in Translation
Dial-an-interpreter services rankle judges who want in-person translators.
Desperate for Recruits, Police Consider Non-Citizens
Tattoos, beards and past drug use are okay. What next?
Why We Bear Witness: Speaking Uncomfortable Truths About Immigration
We Are Witnesses: Becoming an American sparks a difficult but honest conversation about the U.S. immigration system.
What Becoming an American Means Now
The Marshall Project's new film series takes you inside the U.S. immigration system through personal, poignant testimonials.
Trump's War on Immigrants Leaves a Million Lives in Limbo
Migrants in the U.S. and across the globe face turmoil as lawsuits aim to reverse restrictive policies.
The Immigration Crisis Jeff Sessions Leaves Behind
Assessing the ousted attorney general's legacy on President Trump's favorite issue.
Five Lies In Trump’s Favorite Campaign Ad
Several reasons why the Luis Bracamontes video is grossly misleading or just plain false.
The Terrible Cost of The Sentence
Powerful HBO documentary chronicles family trauma caused by mandatory minimums.
In Trump Country, ICE May Chill Immigrants’ Crime Reports
Fewer calls on opioid abuse may mean sicker, and more dangerous, rural communities.
Inside Family Detention, Trump's Big Solution
The administration is no longer separating them. Now more parents and children will be held at places like this.
Is Domestic Violence Private?
It took 20 years for courts to say no. It took Jeff Sessions no time to say yes.
Sending Even More Immigrants to Prison
Despite Jeff Sessions’ new zero-tolerance mandate along the border, the Justice Department has prioritized immigration offenses for years.
When Your Dad Gets Locked Up—And Then Deported
“It started to sink in that I wouldn’t really get a childhood.”
Trump’s Quiet War on Migrant Kids
How the administration is turning child protection into law enforcement
The Myth of the Criminal Immigrant
The link between immigration and crime exists in the imaginations of Americans, and nowhere else.
The Day ICE Knocked on My Door
He completed his prison sentence. Then immigration officers came calling.
Bridge to Nowhere
Photographer Kirsten Luce captures the challenges facing migrants who arrive at a U.S. border crossing in Laredo, Texas.
Trump Justice, Year One: The Demolition Derby
Here are nine ways the law-and-order president has smashed Obama’s legacy.
The DOJ Decision That Could Mean Thousands More Deportations
Sessions considers tying the hands of immigration judges.
Bad Bail Practices and Immigration Policy Led To My Client’s Death At Rikers
Selmin Feratovic might be alive today if not for our deeply broken system.
How ICE Uses Secret Police Databases to Arrest Immigrants
Recent lawsuits claim the agency is targeting people for deportation based on spurious allegations of gang connections.
When the U.S. Deports You — And Keeps All Your Stuff
Border officials are supposed to return personal belongings to people who are deported to Mexico but often don’t.
One Bit of Good News for Immigrants in Detention
As a federal program grows, more mentally ill immigrants have access to attorneys.
How ‘Sanctuary Cities’ Are Helping Immigrants Outwit ICE
Communities across the country are defying the Trump administration on immigration.
How Prosecutors Are Fighting Trump’s Deportation Plans
Some D.A.’s urge new discretion on pleas, sentences.
Treating Cancer with Ibuprofen
Medical care is already bad for immigrant detainees. Will Trump policies make it worse?
What You Miss if You Miss the News in Spanish
Forget Korea and Ivanka. It’s all immigration, all the time.
The Immigration Policy That Ate the Justice Department
Under Sessions’ latest orders, the border is everywhere.
Trump’s Radical Departure on Immigration
A softer tone from the White House belies a harsher reality.
How Immigrants Make Communities Safer
Immigrants may actually bring down crime in areas where they live.
Stranded in Trump's America
Hundreds of thousands of people from seven barred nations live in all parts of the U.S.
24,000 Defendants Get a New Chance at Justice in Drug-Lab Scandal
Some deportees gain, too, but no one knows how many are affected.
America’s Toughest Immigration Court
Welcome to Stewart Detention Center, the black hole of the immigration system.
The Crucial Immigration Case About to Hit the Supreme Court
With Trump’s pledge to deport millions, bail hearings become an even bigger issue.
What Trump and Others Get Wrong About ‘Sanctuary Cities’
Ahead of the presidential debate, setting the record straight on a hot-button immigration issue.
The Nonviolent Offenders Congress Forgot
While prison reform gains momentum, the immigration debate remains “tough on crime.”
The Long and Winding Detainment of Diana Ramos
Why did this undocumented woman spend more than four years in detention?
Get Caught with Pot, Face Deportation
As states loosen marijuana laws, the consequences for noncitizens remain as strict as ever.
Long Shorts and Baggy Shirts
An immigration detention facility tries a new method for curbing sexual assault: Make the women dress differently.
10 (Not Entirely Crazy) Theories Explaining the Great Crime Decline
From aging to gentrification to Prozac.