Border: Mark Boster/LA Times via Getty. Passport: Getty.

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Taking Liberties

Deportland isn't a new Portlandia spin-off; it's the nickname Portland, Oregon, earned in 2000 after immigration officers at the city's airport barred many foreign travelers from entering. Muscle flexing by the Immigration and Naturalization Service sent journalists at the Oregonian on a four-month investigative tear. What if the stories of those affected—a family ripped apart because of bungled paperwork, a Sri Lankan asylum seeker who was jailed for almost four years—unfolded as interlocking, hauntingly human vignettes? Travel bans, take cover.