Immigrants heading north through Mexico risk life and limb in hopes of crossing the border into the U.S. For many, the most dangerous part of the journey is a ride on the train that has been nicknamed both 'The Beast' and 'The Train of Death.' Gary Tuchman spoke to a mother who nearly lost an arm in an accident on 'The Beast' that cost her two-year-old son his leg.
Once immigrants reach the U.S., many are facing angry protests. In Oracle, Arizona, demonstrators made their voices heard after learning young undocumented immigrants would be making a local ranch their temporary home. Anderson discussed the volatile situation with Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu.
Gary Tuchman is in Mexico, following the trail that many immigrants are taking from Central America to the United States. He met people who are ready to risk life and limb to ride on a dangerous train heading north. He also meets a six-day-old baby born during her mother's journey to reach the U.S. border.
Last night, Gary Tuchman reported from the Guatemalan border, where U.S. bound immigrants are paying $1.30 to take a rickety raft across a river into Mexico. The dangers don't end there. Gary is following the trail that countless immigrants are using to travel north through Mexico while putting their lives at risk in hopes of reaching America.
Gary mentioned the train that many immigrants use on this journey derailed. Karl Penhaul spent time on board and shows why it is nicknamed the train of death.
For some Guatemalan immigrants, the start of their journey to the U.S. begins with a dangerous ride on a zip line or a raft. They are risking their lives to escape their home country and cross the border into Mexico. Gary Tuchman got a first hand look when he visited a remote area of the Suchiate River along the Guatemala-Mexico border.
Gary sent back behind the scenes photos from his report:
While authorities work to sort out the immigration status of countless kids brought into the U.S. illegally, some who were born here are stuck living on their own after their parents were deported. One Miami couple is helping as many of these children as they possibly can. Not only are they taking many into their home, but they also signed on to be the legal guardians of 817 kids. Gary Tuchman has their story.
Roughly one year ago, 14-year-old Abbie Bartels took her own life, hanging herself in her bedroom closet.
A student at the Milton Hershey School, Bartel had been barred from attending her graduation, a decision her family maintains lead to the suicide.
"I said 'what are you, a bunch of morons,'" recalled Abbie's mother, Julie Bartels, in relaying the story to CNN's Gary Tuchman.
As the anniversary of Bartels' death nears, Tuchman traveled to Pennsylvania, examining the circumstances which lead to the tragedy, visiting the boarding school, and interviewing family members and legal experts.
Watch the above video for Tuchman's full report as shared with John Berman Tuesday evening.
The grisly death of Georgia's Cooper Harris is sadly not an anomaly. Last year alone, more than 40 children died as a result of being left alone in a hot car.
But might these tragedies be preventable? Could technology be tapped into so as to guard against forgetfulness, and combat negligence?
Gary Tuchman traveled to Texas to test car seat monitors that claim to save kids from being left inside sweltering vehicles.
Watch the above video as the CNN correspondent tried out the device with the help of a parking lot, an SUV, and a reluctant six-month-old.
American troops who sacrificed so much in Iraq are now watching their hard work unravel. More than 4,400 Americans died in Iraq and no U.S. military base lost more troops than Fort Hood in Texas. Gary Tuchman went there to speak with Iraq veterans.
There is no sign of a slowdown in the flood of undocumented children illegally entering the U.S. Some are traveling alone, others are with their parents. Gary Tuchman is in Arizona where he got a first hand look at the treatment they are receiving. Gary also visited the border fence to demonstrate how easy it is to get across.
David Brat says voters' concerns about immigration helped him beat Eric Cantor in their primary race. That victory comes as illegal border crossings are surging. More than 1,000 undocumented people are entering the U.S. through Texas everyday. About 400 of them are children traveling without a parent. Gary Tuchman reports from Arizona on why these children are making the journey and what happens when they get here.
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