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11 Million and Growing: Breaking Down the Number of Undocumented Immigrants in the US
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.
Chopping Chicken in Missouri: Immigrants - Not Locals - Still Fill the Processing Lines
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.
Making the Case for Immigration Reform from Texas
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.
Elmhurst Hospital in Queens New York: A Medical Melting Pot
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.
How Amnesty Gave a 100-Year-Old Woman a New Life in the US
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.
In Mexico, Families Hope Immigration Reform Will Trigger Long-Awaited Reunions
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.
Refugees and Immigrants: Finding Common Ground on the Soccer Field
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.
Invisible Workforce: An Undocumented Immigrant Caregiver Shares Her Story
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.
Families Divided by US-Mexico Border Meet Across the Fence at Friendship Park
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.
Generation 1.5: Assimilating to American Culture as a Young Immigrant
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.’
H-1B Skilled-Worker Visas Under Fire
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.
Immigration: What Does 'Getting in Line' Really Mean?
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.
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