The killings of two Honduran teenagers this week are a sobering reminder of the dangers asylum-seekers may face while waiting in violent Mexican border regions as the Trump administration rolls out a new plan to keep migrants in Mexico until their asylum claims are decided.
US government agencies defended the use of tear gas at the San Ysidro crossing south of San Diego, California, on Sunday. News images showing children fleeing prompted sharp criticism from some lawmakers and charities.
US District Judge Jon Tigar in San Francisco issued a temporary restraining order against the asylum rules. Tigar's order takes effect immediately, applies nationwide, and lasts until at least Dec. 19.
After weeks of travel across Mexico by bus, freight train and foot, more than 150 migrants from Central America — part of a caravan that has gained international attention — await their turn to apply for asylum at the Southern US border. Just how does the process work?
Politicians in the nation's capital are debating immigration policy changes. Activists are lobbying for an urgent deal to protect those affected by the Trump administration dismantling the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA.
Drug-related violence in Mexico has killed more that 3,000 people this year, and a new BBC survey says nearly half of the country is cowering in fear from warring drug cartels.
Guest: Emilio San Pedro, Americas Editor, BBC World Service
The US-Mexico border crossing near San Diego is one of the frontlines in the battle against illegal immigration. KPBS reporter Ruxandra Guidi brings us the story of one US Customs and Border Protection official who patrols the San Ysidro port of entry.
Since the start of President Felipe Calderón drug war in 2006, more than 35,000 people have been killed, countless thousands more remain unaccounted for, many missing for years. Myles Estey reports from Tijuana on the psychological impact of violence.