Andrea Castillo, Los Angeles Times

Andrea Castillo

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles, CA, United States

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Recent articles by Andrea:

Immigrants allege unsafe conditions at California facility

A CAL/OSHA investigation found six violations of state code at an immigrant detention center in McFarland, Calif., leading to $104,510 in fines. → Read More

Immigration reformers' hopes dashed as Senate fails to act

Democrats saw the lame-duck session between November's election and the next Congress as their last chance to pass significant legislation before losing their House majority. → Read More

Why these DACA recipients traded living in the U.S. for other countries

Three former DACA recipients explain why they chose to leave the U.S. → Read More

DACA recipients leave the U.S. after years of instability

DACA was always 'a temporary stopgap measure,' former President Obama once said. Now that it could end, beneficiaries are looking outside the U.S. to relocate. → Read More

Abuse reports from detained Black immigrants disproportionately high, advocacy groups say

One advocacy group said hotline calls from Black migrants are probably undercounted and called for more data on the treatment of Black detainees. → Read More

As temporary protected status settlement talks stall, more than 250,000 risk deportation

Beneficiaries from El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and Nepal could lose their protections by the end of this year. → Read More

Border chief: Governors' migrant transports draw more to U.S.

Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Chris Magnus says officials who complain about attracting migrants are themselves making migration to the U.S. more enticing. → Read More

Afghan interpreters were 'blacklisted,' barred from U.S. visas

The U.S. exit left thousands of Afghans in danger who say they were "blacklisted" and ineligible for visas despite having aided the United States. → Read More

Migrant flight never arrives near Biden's Delaware home

By early Tuesday evening, the plane hadn't arrived in the town of nearly 7,500 near Biden's vacation home. Flight trackers showed the plane instead went from Nashville to Teterboro, N.J. → Read More

More than a million could die waiting for green cards as U.S. immigration buckles amid COVID

Delays processing millions of visas, work permits, green cards, naturalization petitions and cases languishing in immigration courts are so severe that experts say they can't be resolved without significant reforms. → Read More

New bill in Congress could help documented dreamers stay

The America's Children Act would establish protections to prevent documented dreamers from aging out of lawful status under their parents' visas and provide a pathway to citizenship. → Read More

On the 10th anniversary of DACA, Janet Napolitano reflects on program she helped create

The policy, called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, has given hundreds of thousands of immigrants a work permit and protection from deportation. → Read More

No deportation protection. No work permit. On DACA's 10th anniversary, thousands left behind

Ten years after Obama launched the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, immigrant youths are graduating high school this year with no immigration relief or protection from deportation. → Read More

Judge blocks Biden administration plans to lift Title 42

A federal judge extends his temporary block of the Biden administration’s plan to lift pandemic-related border restrictions known as Title 42. → Read More

They were sick and dying in ICE custody. The agency released them, avoiding responsibility

Documents offer a rare look into one of several known instances in which ICE detainees were discharged as they were on the edge of death, underscoring long-standing complaints. → Read More

Biden administration could revoke controversial border policy blocking asylum by late May

The policy has prevented most migrants from seeking humanitarian protections at the U.S. border. → Read More

Biden administration announces asylum system overhaul: What you need to know

Fixing asylum, a process that can drag out for years, was one of President Biden’s promises as a candidate. → Read More

Federal watchdog calls for removal of detainees at ICE facility

The Department of Homeland Security Inspector General's office issues an alert calling for detainees to be relocated until conditions improve. → Read More

California settlement limits ICE from re-detaining immigrants freed because of COVID

The settlement comes as coronavirus infections in detention centers have surged since December to 3,129 — nearly 15% of the total detained population — as of Wednesday. → Read More

Fearing for their lives, Mexicans fled a gang-ruled town. Now they seek political asylum in California

Gangs have infiltrated remote municipalities, intimidated voters, murdered opposing candidates and seized control of local town halls. → Read More