El Paso Times  September 18, 2019

El Paso Times

September 18, 2019

lawyers say indian asylum seekers on hunger strike ‘will die’ if not released soon

abc7 KVIA  September 12, 2019

abc7 KVIA

September 12, 2019

despair among migrants in juarez after u.s. supreme court upholds trump asylum policy

Our Executive Director, Linda Rivas, testified at the House Judiciary Committee Field Hearing in El Paso, Texas on Friday, September 6, 2019. Las Americas has been helping asylum seekers forced to wait under Remain in Mexico in Cd. Juarez for 24 weeks now. Our Executive Director testified regarding violations of the government’s own policies and the horrors our clients are facing while the US evades their obligations under the law towards asylum seekers. Here are some highlights.

The Guardian  August 30, 2019

The Guardian

August 30, 2019

revealed: man force-fed in ice custody at risk due to ‘substandard care’, doctor says

Los Angeles Times  August 30, 2019

Los Angeles Times

August 30, 2019

the u.n. is flying and busing migrants through mexico back to central america

NPR  August 29, 2019


August 29, 2019

undocumented immigrants who are victims of mass shootings pursue special visa

Our Former Board President, and Immigration Attorney, Pamela Munoz, speaks on immigration relief that undocumented victims of the mass shooting that rocked our community, the domestic act of terror that ended 22 lives, may qualify for.

The Dallas Morning News  August 28, 2019

The Dallas Morning News

August 28, 2019

Stuck in Mexico due to trump’s policy, asylum seekers face a dangerous wait

Reuters  August 21, 2019


August 21, 2019

thousands of central american migrants take free rides home courtesy of u.s. government

KERA News  August 20, 2019


August 20, 2019


Christi Garcia, Las Americas’ Crime Victims Program Director, and Pamela Muñoz, El Paso immigration attorney, discuss circumstances surrounding El Paso shooting survivors’ eligibility for U-VISA.

‘living in the shadows’: visa could give undocumented mass shooting victims chance to help

Human Rights Watch  August 19, 2019

Human Rights Watch

August 19, 2019

us: cease force-feeding migrant hunger strikers

el paso strong: a portrait of a defiant city

Watch BBC’s Cut Through the Noise Episode 36 which covers El Paso Strong as told by the people.

The New Yorker  August 2019

The New Yorker

August 2019

an el paso immigration lawyer advocates for the victims of mass violence

Linda Corchado, Las Americas’ director for legal services, is highlighted in an article highlighting her advocacy for the victims of the mass shooting in El Paso, Texas.


An American Citizen Is Released From Immigration Custody After Nearly a Month

Francisco Erwin Galicia, 18, was born in Dallas and, according to his birth certificate, is an American citizen. But he was held in federal immigration custody for nearly four weeks after he was detained at a Border Patrol traffic checkpoint in South Texas.

New York Times  July 2019

New York Times

July 2019

No More Family Separations, Except These 900

Family separations have been imposed with greater frequency throughout the last year despite the current executive administration’s official end to family separation at the southern border.


ICE Force-Hydrating Indian Asylum Seekers in El Paso, Texas in Violation of Constitution, Say Immigrant Advocates

Linda Corchado, Managing Attorney at Las Americas, is representing three of four Indian asylum seekers who are being force-hydrated through intravenous drips by Immigration and Customs Enforcement at the El Paso Detention Center in El Paso, Texas.

EPCC Border Learning Conference  July 2019

EPCC Border Learning Conference

July 2019

linda rivas awarded crossing borders award

The Crossing Borders Award celebrates individuals whose outstanding work has contributed to the improvement of communities within the border region. Linda Rivas, the executive director of Las Americas, was awarded it this year in recognition of her fantastic work with the border community.

KTSM News  July 2019


July 2019

parents of slain parkland, florida teen to honor son by painting mural in el paso on his nineteenth birthday

Oliver, one of the 17 students who were slain inside Marjory Stoneman Douglass High School in Parkland, Florida, was a native of Venezuela who immigrated to the U.S. at the age of 3 with his family. He had just become a citizen months before he was killed during his senior year of high school.

CGTN Network

July 2019

central american migrants in limbo after shift in us asylum policy

There has been a drop in Central American migrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. Analysts said it’s due to reasons like the dangers of the summer season’s heat, and Mexico’s crackdown on migrants.

Families Belong Together  July 2019

Families Belong Together

July 2019

LAs Americas and families belong together partner to fight against the remain in mexico policy

The Remain in Mexico policy forces vulnerable asylum seekers to await their court hearings in Mexico. Reports of kidnappings, extortion, and even rape put asylum seekers in fear of returning to Mexico. Las Americas and Families belong together join forces to help 5 women seeking asylum.

Now This News

How Manuel Oliver Turned Grief Into Action After Parkland

Manuel Oliver has dedicated his life to activism, largely through art, after losing his son one year ago in the Parkland shooting. “Here's what his year of fighting for gun reform has looked like. "

NPR  July 2019


July 2019

border protection disputes account of 3-year-old asked to choose between parents

Customs and Border Protection officials are denying that a Border Patrol agent asked a 3-year-old girl to choose which of her parents would be sent back to Mexico.

Reuters  July 2019


July 2019

trans asylum seekers assaulted, abused in u.s., u.k., norway detention

LGBT+ people “can find themselves locked up alongside people with the exact same prejudice, hostility and harassment that they are trying to escape.”

KTSM News  July 2019


July 2019

advocates face more restrictions in immigration courts

Immigration advocates are expressing concern over limitations placed on legal support for those in the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) program.

Human Rights First  July 2019

Human Rights First

July 2019

groups urge inter-american commission on human rights to investigate administration’s remain in mexico policy

Human Rights First, in partnership with five other human rights and non-profit legal services organizations, requested the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights hold a hearing on the Trump Administration’s policy of returning asylum seekers to Mexico.

The Intercept  July 2019

The Intercept

July 2019


The MPP, rather than protect migrants, puts them in grave danger. It mandates that they remain in crime-ridden Mexican border cities for months, even years, waiting for U.S. courts to decide their asylum claims.

KTSM News  July 2019


July 2019

hundred attend ‘lights for liberty’ vigil in downtown el paso

Hundreds attended a rally and vigil in Downtown El Paso Friday night demanding the end of detention centers used to house migrants.

Northeast Valley News  July 2019

Northeast Valley News

July 2019

Americans protest immigrant detention centers across the U.S in vigil: “Lights for Liberty”

Last Friday, a nationwide vigil protesting migrant treatment in detention centers took place, one being here in El Paso.

Minnpost News  July 2019

Minnpost News

July 2019

asylum seekers at our southern border face egregious human rights violations daily

Minnpost reporter recounts everything they saw and heard while visiting an El Paso detention center.

NPR News  July 2019

NPR News

July 2019

asylum-seekers waiting in mexico navigate a shifting u.s. court system

Months after witnessing the slaying death of her mother, a Honduran woman is finally getting a chance to make her case for asylum in the United States.

KTSM News  July 2019


July 2019

mexican federales suspected in kidnapping, extortion of five cuban migrants

A complaint was made this week by five Cuban migrants, who allege they were kidnapped and extorted out of thousands of dollars by Mexican Federal Agents.

The Hill  July 2019

The Hill

July 2019

Booker shares 'profoundly alarming' stories of women seeking asylum

Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) on Wednesday traveled across the southern border with Las Americas to help five women present themselves for asylum in the U.S.

NPR News  July 2019

NPR News

July 2019

Fear, Confusion And Separation As Trump Administration Sends Migrants Back To Mexico

NPR reports on the conditions and psychosocial detriment that faces migrants under the Remain in Mexico program.

Go San Angelo  July 2019

Go San Angelo

July 2019

here’s how you can help migrant children at the border, a list of organizations

Go San Angelo, part of the USA Today Network, publishes a list of organizations helping migrants on the Texas/Mexico border.

El Paso Times  July 2019

El Paso Times

July 2019

democratic presidential candidate cory booker escorts migrants in juarez to el paso

Alongside Las Americas, democratic presidential candidate Cory Booker walked five asylum seekers over the Paso Del Norte between Juárez and El Paso Wednesday, July 3, 2019.

Refinery29  July 2019


July 2019

how you can help children at the border

Refinery29 outlines tactics to help migrant children at the border, including donating/volunteering at helpful organizations, attending protests, and contacting elected officials.

TIME News June 2019

June 2019

A Transgender Asylum Seeker Has Died After Being Released From ICE Custody

A transgender asylum seeker has died just days after being released from a U.S. immigration detention center where advocates say detainees are mistreated.

Education Week June 2019

Education Week
June 2019

Trump Administration to End Schooling, Recreation, Legal Aid for Migrant Children in Shelters

The Trump administration on Wednesday instructed shelters that house undocumented children who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border that it would no longer pay for English-language instruction, recreational activities, including soccer, and access to legal aid.

NPR March 2019

March 2019

A Surge Of Migrants Strains Border Patrol As El Paso Becomes Latest Hot Spot

As thousands of migrant parents and children continue to stream across the U.S.-Mexico border every day, the Border Patrol is bringing in more agents and asking the Pentagon for additional help.

The Border Patrol says it needs more manpower to care for the migrants — more of whom are coming with infectious illnesses. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen says agents are on track to stop nearly 100,000 people crossing illegally this month — far exceeding last month's total.

Washington Post March 2019

Washington Post
March 2019

Gay, transgender detainees allege abuse at ICE facility in New Mexico

Gay and transgender people held at a large Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention center in New Mexico have faced physical and verbal abuse and were placed in solitary confinement after complaining about it, according to a complaint civil rights groups sent to the U.S. agency Monday.

The letter from lawyers for the American Civil Liberties Union, Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center and the Santa Fe Dreamers Project alleges that 12 gay and transgender detainees at the Otero County Processing Center, a 1,000-bed facility about 30 miles north of this border city, routinely suffered sexual harassment and abuse from other detainees, that guards verbally assaulted them and that ICE officials violated their own regulations in denying hormone therapy to transgender detainees. They also allege that they were placed in solitary confinement after complaining about their treatment.

El Paso Times March 2019

El Paso Times
March 2019

Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center Demands Release of Hunger Striker Jasvir Singh

Las Americas’ client, detained in the El Paso Processing Center, was force-fed during a 74-day hunger strike. Singh, along with eight other men, began the hunger strike in January to demand being released on bond while the government hear their asylum cases. Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center denounced the dehumanizing practice of force feeding its client, and demanded the release of Jasvir Singh.

February 2019

Amid immigration debate, top teachers gather to protest child detention

Some of the nation's top teachers recently gathered in El Paso, Texas, to speak out against the government’s practice of detaining children who cross the U.S.-Mexico border. Dismissing the notion that they shouldn't get involved in political advocacy, teachers said they see some U.S. policy and procedures as "abusive."


The Progressive November 2018

The Progressive
November 2018

No Way In: Trump’s Stranglehold on Asylum

Asylum seekers at official ports of entry on the U.S.-Mexico border are running into countless obstacles and rejections, part of a “horrendous and blatantly illegal” effort to discourage those seeking safe haven.

KRWG July 2018

July 2018

Asylum Seekers Face Long Odds In West Texas And New Mexico

Mallory Falk discusses the troubles immigration attorneys face when representing asylum seekers in the Borderland.

KUNC July 2018

July 2018

Denied Asylum, But Terrified To Return Home

Joel Rose discusses the spike in asylum seekers being turned away in the earliest stage of the asylum seeking process; the credible fear interview.

Buzzfeed News July 2018

Buzzfeed News
July 2018

Pregnant Women Say They Miscarried In Immigration Detention And Didn't Get The Care They Needed

Pregnant women in immigration detention under the Trump administration say they have been denied medical care, shackled around the stomach, and abused.

Harper’s Bazaar July 2018

Harper’s Bazaar
July 2018

What Border Officials actually think of trump’s zero tolerance immigration policy

Cara Santana returns to her native town of El Paso, Texas seeking answers to a variety of questions regarding immigration policy and its impact on the community

El Paso Times July 2018

El Paso Times
July 2018

Immigrant advocates’ need for support doesn’t stop now

Despite court order to reunite families in 14 to 30 days, advocates such as Linda Rivas, the executive director of Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center, urge that we must keep our eyes on the issue.

NPR June 29, 2018

June 29, 2018

why reuniting migrant families is so difficult

NPR's David Greene talks with Linda Rivas, an immigration attorney in El Paso, Texas, about the difficulties of reuniting parents separated from their children.

NBC June 2018

June 2018

Trump admin ran ‘pilot program’ for separating migrant families in 2017

The numbers show the government was separating migrant kids from their parents prior to the zero tolerance policy implemented in May.

CBC  June 21, 2018


June 21, 2018

lawyer for separated families fears there are horrors to come in trump’s new order

An interview with Lawyer Linda Rivas highlights the horror and fear that come with family separation under the Trump administration.

ELLE  June 21, 2018


June 21, 2018

all of the profits from this liquid lipstick help reunite migrant families

Cosmetic line, Lipslut, seeks to use the beauty industry as a vehicle for social activism by donating 100 percent of the proceeds of one of their liquid liptsicks to charities that support families who have been separated at the border.

The New Yorker  June 19, 2018

The New Yorker

June 19, 2018

In ice detention, a honduran woman fears deportation without her son

Ana Rivera, who is in ice custody in El Paso, Texas, and awaiting deportation, has not seen her five-year-old son since they were separated by Border Patrol agents, six weeks ago.

MSNBC (Rachel Maddow Show)  June 19, 2018

MSNBC (Rachel Maddow Show)

June 19, 2018

Local groups work where trump fails to reunite kids with parents

Rachel Maddow points out the failure of the Trump administration to put together a system for reuniting migrant families after Trump immigration officials forcibly take the children from their parents, and notes that small local groups are trying to pick up and do the work where the Trump administration falls short.

Texas Monthly  June 5, 2018

Texas Monthly

June 5, 2018

Mother and son are reunited after months of separation by immigration authorities

When Jocelyn entered the country illegally to seek asylum, she didn’t know immigration authorities would separate parents from children.

NPR  June 1, 2018


June 1, 2018

protesters across the U.s. decry policy of separating immigrant families

Protesters gathered across to condemn the Trump administration’s practice of separating families.

ABC News  May 13, 2018

ABC News

May 13, 2018

separated at the border: a mother’s story

The Trump administration’s “zero-tolerance policy” against immigration separated a mother and son for eight months.


May 24, 2018

INsight- immigration panel, el paso

Melissa Lopez of Diocesan Migrant and Refugee Service (DMRS), Alberto Mesta of Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA), Linda Rivas of Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center discuss the importance in providing services and a voice to migrants and their families in the wake of changing governmental policies.

Innovaation Law Lab  March 27, 2018

Innovaation Law Lab

March 27, 2018

asylum seeker wins release from texas detention center; collaborative advocacy instrumental

One case of unlawful detention of an asylum seeker is victorious and sheds light on the lack of access to representation for immigrants in detention centers.

Texas Standard  January 22, 2018

Texas Standard

January 22, 2018

report finds asylum seekers in el paso face violence and delay

The Trump administration aims to make request for asylum increasingly difficult and dangerous for immigrants.



Study: detention centers holding more women than ever before


October 31, 2017

El Paso Times  January 26, 2017

El Paso Times

January 26, 2017

borderland immigration council denounces trump’s orders


Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas- University of Texas at Austin  November 22, 2016

Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas- University of Texas at Austin

November 22, 2016

mexican journalist gets asylum hearing 8 years after fleeing to the U.s. out of fear for his life

PRI  November 2, 2016


November 2, 2016

along the border, immigration and trade are on the minds of voters

Listen to Christi Garcia, our Crime Victims Program Director, discuss issues along the border prior to the 2016 election

KTSM El Paso  October 21, 2016

KTSM El Paso

October 21, 2016

Mental health issues raised by immigration advocates