Jose Antonio Vargas is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and the director of the film "Documented." Yesterday Vargas was detained by border patrol agents at an airport in McAllen, Texas. He was released on his own recognizance and spoke to Anderson. Vargas compared the region to a military base and explained that his only other option to leave was to be smuggled out.
Rosa Flores got a first-hand look at the impact of the violence that is driving so many people to flee their home countries in Central America. She reports from a morgue in Honduras, where some families are too scared to come forward to identify the remains of murdered loved ones.
One politician compared the immigration crisis to an invasion of the U.S., another suggested that children coming across the border could be violent gang members. A congressional candidate even protested a busload of YMCA campers after mistaking them for undocumented immigrants. Anderson is Keeping Them Honest as the clock ticks down to Congress' summer break.
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.
Nebraska is nowhere near America's southern border, but hundreds of undocumented immigrants are now living there. The Obama administration is sending the flood of recent arrivals far and wide, and that includes Nebraska. Governor Dave Heineman tells Anderson that he is not pleased the federal government has been keeping him in the dark about the situation.
After traveling thousands of miles, many illegal immigrants reach the U.S. with nowhere to go. They are arriving by the busload at receiving centers across the Southwest. Frustrated residents are making their voices heard and in many cases forcing the immigrants to go elsewhere. Randi Kaye takes a closer look.
Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa tells Anderson that both Republicans and Democrats need to 'stop the political football.'
Anderson spoke with Pulitzer Prize winning author Sonia Nazrio about her reporting on the violence that's driving the flood of young immigrants to the U.S. border. She calls for taking a 'humane and practical' approach to the crisis by setting up refugee camps.
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Last night on AC360, Anderson revisited one of Governor Rick Perry's more controversial comments on immigration:
"You either have an incredibly inept administration or they are in on this somehow, now I hate to be conspiratorial but I mean how do you move that many people from Central America across Mexico and then into the United States without there being a fairly coordinated effort?"
Today, Governor Perry tried to clarity those remarks. Anderson looks into that explanation along with President Obama's reason for not visiting the border during his trip to Texas.
Anderson discussed the politics of the immigration crisis with Texas Democratic Congressman Henry Cuellar and documentary filmmaker Jose Antonio Vargas.
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.
President Obama described today's meeting with Texas Governor Rick Perry as constructive. The President also expressed plenty of frustration at the politics surrounding the country's immigration crisis. Anderson looks at how some of the political rhetoric has turned to wild conspiracy theories.
Anderson discussed all of this with Univision's Jorge Ramos, Chief Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash and Senior Political Analyst David Gergen.
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