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.
After entering the U.S., many undocumented immigrants end up in the custody of authorities. Some are caught, others turn themselves in. After initial processing into an overburdened immigration system, families are often released with a court date that will almost certainly send them back home. Rosa Flores visited a shelter in McAllen, Texas where many are finding a helping hand. She speaks to the recently arrived immigrants about what they plan to do next.
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.
There are no easy answers when it comes to ending America's immigration crisis. There is little certainty about what will happen to the flood of unaccompanied children flooding across the border. Ed Lavandera looks at what's happening to the children in limbo.
Why it is so difficult to repeal the law that allows these children to apply for asylum? Anderson discusses this with Dan Restrepo, who was President Obama's top advisor on Latin American affairs and Senior Political Analyst David Gergen.
A flood of undocumented immigrants is overwhelming U.S. border towns and immigration facilities. A recent surge of unaccompanied minors is only complicating a very difficult situation. Some of those undocumented immigrants are being bussed to facilities in Murrieta, California. Protesters there are not just making their voices heard, but they are forcing the buses to leave. Kyung Lah visited Murrieta and found tensions boiling.
Murrieta's Mayor Alan Long told John Berman that he does not have a problem with the immigrants themselves, but he opposes the process that sent them to his community.
As many as 400 minors are entering Texas each day without a parent - most of them from Central and South America. Where to put them is the question. Tens of thousands are being housed in overcrowded facilities. The House held a hearing Tuesday on the crisis, with some lawmakers placing the blame on the Obama administration. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson has ordered five dozen criminal investigators to Texas to prosecute human smugglers. But what should the federal government do with the children who are already here - amnesty, deportation. Anderson discusses the issue with CNN Contributor Dan Restrepo, who served as senior director for Western Hemisphere Affairs on the National Security Council and former Custom Border Patrol Commissioner Ralph Basham.
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