There’s one number in the news quite a bit recently—11 million. It’s the estimated number of immigrants living in the US illegally—and it’s the most cited statistic in the immigration reform debate. But how did we even get to that figure? Who are the 11 million? Is it even the best number to use? From the public radio collaboration Fronteras Desk, reporter Adrian Florido finds out.
Butchering chicken and meat. It’s dangerous, low-paying factory work--and it leans heavily on immigrant workers, sometimes illegally. Just like farm work, immigration reform could change this industry dramatically, from granting workers legal status to offering temporary work visas. At the same time, some immigrants are deciding to move on from such tough work. Anna Boiko-Weyrauch reports from Missouri.
Every year, in the spring, Boston celebrates its vibrant Portuguese culture with the Boston Portuguese Festival. The World's intern, Adizah Eghan, sat down with this year's featured artist, José L. Santos, to discuss everything from his Portuguese-American identity to his artwork.
A New York City Council hearing reviewed a proposal that would give legal immigrants the right to vote. New York City Councilman Daniel Dromm sponsored the bill. He is a democrat, and represents District 25 in the city, including the immigrant-rich neighborhoods of Jackson Heights and Elmhurst.
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At his inauguration on Monday, President Obama will surely present a wide-ranging laundry list of topics he'd like to tackle during his second term. He won't be able to do them all. Like many special interests, Immigrant rights advocates want their issue addressed soon - establishing a path to citizenship for the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants currently living and working in the United States. The World's Jason Margolis went down to Texas to hear the grassroots strategies to get this done.
Thousands of Sudanese expats in the US are spending their days and nights online these days - getting little sleep, calling home multiple times a day, checking on the safety of their family and friends - hoping for good news.
Sonia Soares, 52, is a Brazilian house cleaner in the Boston area. She felt invisible, but gained confidence through mediation sessions that help domestic workers resolve disputes with employers. Now, she works as a mediator herself.
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Sudanese American @radiohana: Online videos from Sudan "showed violent clashes 1 street over from my parents' house" http://ow.ly/pzXsI
Elmhurst Hospital in Queens, New York provides care for nearly 2 million patients a year, and delivers medical care in more than 150 different languages. The international diversity of patients there, including many immigrants, makes the hospital a medical melting pot. Rivka Galchen who writes n The New Yorker about Elmhust Hospital and its dedicated doctors who diagnose Every Disease on Earth.
President Obama is visiting Mexico this week, the United States’ third largest trading partner. Most of the back and forth in trade originates from big multinationals.
IThat was when President Reagan signed into law the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. The legislation made it illegal to hire an undocumented immigrant. It also granted amnesty to some three million illegal immigrants already in the country. One of those who benefited was Rosaura Piñera. She was the great-grandmother of journalist Monica Ortiz Uribe, of Fronteras, The Changing America desk. She tells the story of her great-grandmother to host Marco Werman.
Many Mexican families are tuned into news from Washington and whether Congress will change immigration laws. For years, families on both sides of the border have lived apart, with Mexicans in the US without papers afraid of visiting home and then being unable to cross back. But new laws could change this. From the public radio collaboration Fronteras Desk, Jude Joffe-Block reports from Mexico about families hoping for long-awaited reunions.
In Phoenix, Arizona, there is a soccer club called Team Milan made up of kids—refugees—from all over the world: Burma, Congo, Iraq, Afghanistan. Turns out, Phoenix accepts more refugees than nearly any other American city. And the team’s coaches? They’ve resettled in the US too, but are undocumented immigrants from Mexico. But they find common ground on the field. Reporter Valeria Fernández of “Feet in 2 Worlds” reports this story.
It may come as a bit of a surprise, but the southwest corner of Missouri is home to a growing community of migrants from the Federated States of Micronesia, a country of hundreds of islands in the...
Nannies, housecleaners, caregivers—they are sometimes called the world’s most invisible workforce. In the US alone, it’s estimated that more than 2 million people do this type of work. Most are women and many are immigrants. And pressure is growing to address their working conditions. As part of our Global Nation coverage, The World’s Monica Campbell has our first piece in a series about domestic workers.
For decades, loved ones separated by the US-Mexico border have met at Friendship Park. In this photo, Jimena Angulo meets her father Luis for the first time, at a ceremonial opening of the border gate. (Photo by Peggy Peattie)What was your first reaction when you reunited with a loved one after a long separation?
Immigration reform isn't an just a Latino issue. Asian-American communities are affected too. Anchor Marco Werman discusses that part of the debate with journalist Andrew Lam in San Francisco.
In 2009 the US Army piloted a yearlong program allowing immigrants with certain language skills or medical training to enlist in the military and receive citizenship by the end of basic training –that’s just 10 weeks. The program was a wild success, enlisting nearly 1,000 people with thousands more on the waitlist.
With April’s tax deadline nearing, people in the US are starting to organize their paperwork. And it may come as a surprise to know that many undocumented immigrants also pay up. But anxiety is building as a pathway to citizenship may require paying years of back taxes. Feet in Two Worlds reporter Aurora Almendral has this story.
Near its western end, the US-Mexico border cuts through a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. A high fence splits this place into two. In Tijuana, it's a paved city plaza behind the bullring. On the American side, it's a no man's land patrolled by border guards. But on weekends, it becomes a place where families separated by immigration status can come to spend time together, albeit on opposite sides of a fence.
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"I wake up and the first thing I do is go on Facebook," says @radiohana, to check on her family in the Sudan: http://ow.ly/pAdxi @KALW
For most of us, when we want to make a major purchase, we apply for a loan. But what if you have no credit score? That's the case for many immigrants living in the United States - here legally or not. But one non-profit organization in San Francisco has adopted a novel way to try and change that.
When Ecuador-born Gaby Pacheco was in 8th grade in Miami, she realized she and her sisters weren't US citizens and didn't have all the rights conferred upon that status. But instead of hiding, Pacheco became an activist and at 28, she's still fighting to get immigration reform through Congress so she can become a legal resident.
The Tsarnaev brothers came to the US as young immigrants with their parents, and both were educated here. That makes them members of what’s often referred to by immigration scholars as ‘Generation 1.5’. But what we now know about the two Boston bombing suspects raises questions about the different ways young immigrants assimilate to life in America. Anchor Marco Werman discusses the challenges of assimilation with Professor Marcelo Suarez-Orozco, dean of UCLA’s Graduate School of Education and Information Studies and co-author of, ‘Learning a New Land: Immigrant Students in American Society.’
For some foreigners, the H1B, a temporary, skilled-worker visa, is one way to work legally in the US and big tech companies are typically the places sponsoring the visa--and they snap them up fast. Some argue that companies pay H-1B holders less than their American counterparts, while foreigners can feel shackled to their employers.
When it comes to immigration reform, President Barack Obama and Republican lawmakers generally agree on one starting points: that undocumented immigrants seeking US citizenship should get in the “back of the line,” behind everyone else waiting legally. But there’s not just one line, rather many, and the process is fraught with backlogs and complications. Reporter John Rosman, of the public radio collaboration Fronteras, reports on the visa line.
What's the proper term for an immigrant living in the country illegally? You can view nearly 250 responses below, mapped according to a respondent's state of residence.Click on the link to find out what your neighbors think—and share your thoughts in comments below. Do any responses surprise you? http://kp.cc/11Xya6W
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