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In this handout photo provided by the Office of Inspector General at the US Department of Homeland Security, overcrowding of families is observed at US Border Patrol McAllen Station on June 10th. Photograph:  Office of Inspector General/Department of Homeland Security via Getty Images

As Donald Trump was presiding over a brash, bombastic military parade to celebrate Independence Day – or, more accurately, to indulge his own vanity –(...)

A handout photo made available by the US  Office of the Inspector General  shows overcrowded conditions at the US Border Patrol’s McAllen holding station in McAllen, Texas on June 10th, 2019.

Overcrowded, squalid conditions are more widespread at migrant centres along the southern US border than initially revealed, the department of homelan(...)

 Bill de Blasio, Tim Ryan, Julian Castro, Sen. Cory Booker; Sen. Elizabeth Warren; Beto O’Rourke, Sen. Amy Klobuchar,  Tulsi Gabbard,  Jay Inslee and John Delaney pose for a photo on stage before the start of a Democratic primary debate hosted by NBC News at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami. Photograph: Wilfredo Lee/AP

The race to become the Democratic candidate to take on Donald Trump in next year’s presidential election began in earnest on Wednesday night, with 10 (...)

The agreement between the Port of Cork and NextDecade works well for the Texan company as  the port is  capable of handling large liquid gas  ships. Photograph: iStock

Texas-based liquefied natural gas (LNG) company NextDecade is eyeing up a LNG import terminal at the Port of Cork. The company announced it had sign(...)

A supporters holds up a “Comey You’re Fired” sign back in early November, when then Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump was speaking in Raleigh, North Carolina. Photograph: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images

What do you do if you’re a reality TV star and your show is flagging? Easy: you generate conflict. Get people up in arms, keep them talking about you(...)

Welcome to Marfa, Texas: “So, they’re all thinking, what’s a billionaire from New York City doing interfering with here?” Photograph: Scott Halleran/Getty Images

Early last Wednesday morning, the pedestrian bridge joining the American city of El Paso to the Mexican city of Ciudad Juarez had that recognisable st(...)

Pope Francis, Mexico’s president Enrique Pena Nieto (right) and his wife, Mexico’s first lady Angelica Rivera stand together during a farewell ceremony in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, February 17th, 2016. Photograph: Jose Luis Gonzalez/Reuters

Pope Francis ended his five-day visit to Mexico with a message of love and compassion for its people and the migrants who pass through it on their way(...)

It is easy to dismiss these debates as a circus, an unseemly scramble to court votes. On one level they are admirable. Hours of prime-time television are devoted to politics. Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images

‘I have beaten breast cancer. I have buried a child,” pleads former Hewlett-Packard chief executive Carly Fiorina on prime-time TV as she bids to bec(...)

US border patrol agents detaining undocumented immigrants  after they crossed the border from Mexico into Texas. Photograph: John Moore/Getty Images

“Anyone truly interested in US-Mexican border issues needs to stay for more than an afternoon,” says Judith Zafferini, a Democratic state senator for (...)

Alejandra Tizal, a Mayan teen from the highlands city of Quetzaltenango, was 16 when she left home to try to make a life in the US. Photograph:  Jennifer Hough

Alejandra Tizal was 16 when she made up her mind to go. “I told my family I wanted to go to the US,” says Tizal, from the western highlands city of Qu(...)

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