I made so many calls and no one would help.

Searching for answers

After being deported from Vista, California, Alfonso Martinez, a father of five American children who lived in the United States for more than 20 years, tried to return to his family in the U.S. three times, but was repeatedly stopped by Border Patrol agents and deported back to Mexico.

On his fourth and final attempt to re-enter the country, he began to succumb to heat stroke in Arizona state’s border desert.

Is current U.S. policy putting the lives of some undocumented immigrants on the line?

While the number of illegal crossings at the border has plummeted dramatically — roughly half the number than during peak years — just as many people are dying. Meaning for those coming into the country illegally, it is now more deadly, more lethal, than at any time in recent U.S. immigration history.

Don’t miss the third installment of Need to Know’s award-winning Border Patrol series, airing May 17 on PBS. Check local listings.

While the number of illegal crossings at the border has plummeted dramatically — roughly half the number than during peak years — just as many people are dying. Meaning for those coming into the country illegally, it is now more deadly, more lethal, than at any time in recent U.S. immigration history.

Don’t miss the third installment of Need to Know’s award-winning Border Patrol series, airing May 17 on PBS. Check local listings.

Raised bed construction at Seagirt Community Garden. Elisabeth Ponsot/PBS Need to Know

Restoring the Rockaways

Over the years, the abundance at Seagirt has included kitchen staples like kale and potatoes, along with more unusual offerings of cat mint and bayberry. One volunteer plants a peanut crop.

Yet after Superstorm Sandy rolled through New York last fall — causing an estimated $19 billion in public and private losses in the city alone — little remained of the garden aside from its still-standing flagpole and wooden shade structure.

Are guns as American as the 4th of July?

With the gun control debate raging after the mass school shooting in Newtown, CT, Need to Know examines the history of the Second Amendment and how it shapes the discussion today.

Ray Suarez anchors a panel including: George Mason Law School professor Joyce Lee Malcolm, former New York Times foreign correspondent and editor Craig Whitney, and Fordham University history professor Saul Cornell.

Are guns as American as the 4th of July?

With the gun control debate raging after the mass school shooting in Newtown, CT, Need to Know examines the history of the Second Amendment and how it shapes the discussion today.

Ray Suarez anchors a panel including: George Mason Law School professor Joyce Lee Malcolm, former New York Times foreign correspondent and editor Craig Whitney, and Fordham University history professor Saul Cornell.

There are three things we’re trying to do: make consumer finance markets work better, make disclosures more clear, and to make sure that the law is being enforced. We’re also trying to reduce the complexity in the financial and trying to build up the capability of the American public to be on their own.
I saw twenty or thirty people in a pile, just down, seriously injured. We had so many people there, there were four or five people attending to them. Almost everyone had open tibia or ankle fractures.

An unidentified Boston Marathon runner, center, is reunited with loved ones near Copley Square following an explosion in Boston Monday, April 15, 2013.

Home grown terrorism

While hundreds of police officers pursued the 19-year-old during a nationally-televised rampage across Boston Friday, a former classmate recounted memories of the refugee who, according to counterterror officials, became a U.S. citizen on an ironic date: Sept. 11, 2012.

Home grown terrorism

While hundreds of police officers pursued the 19-year-old during a nationally-televised rampage across Boston Friday, a former classmate recounted memories of the refugee who, according to counterterror officials, became a U.S. citizen on an ironic date: Sept. 11, 2012.