Young migrants from Central America gather every Saturday to play soccer in the Bronx. (Image: Katie Schlechter)

This article was originally published in Civic Ideas on February 17, 2016, and is the second in a two-part series. NEW YORK — On artificial turf at the foot of Yankee Stadium, some 40 teenage boys kick soccer balls on a Saturday afternoon, laughing and yelling to each other in Spanish. On the sidelines, later…

President Barack Obama announces sweeping immigration reform last November. (Image: YouTube, screenshot)

Top Story — A federal appeals panel on Tuesday barred an executive order by President Barack Obama granting deportation protection and expanded rights to undocumented immigrants from taking immediate effect. The decision by the appeals court, which upheld an injunction issued in February, sides with 26 states that have challenged the president’s immigration order. President…

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The Rookie and the Zetas: How the Feds Took Down a Drug Cartel’s Horse-Racing Empire Joe Tone. Dallas Observer. April 1 2015. (6,804 words) The Treviño brothers led diametrically opposed lives: one was a clean-cut family man making a modest living in America; the other, a murderous cartel boss rumored to eat the heart of…

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Top Story — President Barack Obama was forced to suspend on Tuesday the first phase of his executive order on immigration, which would have gone into effect Wednesday, after a Texas federal judge filed an injunction late on Monday that, for the time being, blocks it from taking effect. Judge Andrew S. Hanen’s ruling will…

Eva's electronic monitoring device has been strapped to her ankle since July 15, 2014.

NEW YORK — On an average weekday Eva, a 39-year-old woman from Honduras, never leaves a 15-block radius in the Bronx. From bringing her two children to school, to taking English classes, visiting her church and running errands, her life is mapped on a now-familiar route — one that is precisely tracked by the electronic…

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Top Story — The U.S. Border Patrol will stop flying deportees back to Mexico from Arizona, according to the Associated Press. The controversial program flew more than 125,000 people since 2004 into the interior of Mexico, after they were caught crossing into the United States illegally. But with border arrests dropping to a 40-year low…