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Immigration Changes 'Gotta Happen This Year'

"Republicans and Democrats are pushing to make overhauling immigration a priority in 2013. Senator-elect Jeff Flake, a Republican from Arizona, is expected to play a big part in any overhaul of immigration laws." - NPR audio, Dec. 17, 2012 .

The 'Line' For Legal Immigration Is Already About 4 Million People Long

"In the debate over immigration reform, most seem to agree on this point: people who are now in the U.S. illegally should wait at the back of the line for legal residency. That means no green card until legal immigrants get theirs. But as NPR's Ted Robbins reports, that presents a problem because...

Border Drones Fly Into Fight Over Immigration

"The runways at Fort Huachuca, Ariz., are busy. This is where the Army tests its military drones, where it trains its drone pilots, and where four Customs and Border Protection drones take off and land. From here, the CBP drones survey the Arizona-Mexico border — mainly looking for immigrants...

H-2A Visa System Fails Pacific Northwest Pear Growers

"The Pacific Northwest grows the majority of the nation's pears, and they're predicted to have the third-largest harvest in history. But farmers are facing a shortfall that's been plaguing many agricultural industries — not enough workers to pick the fruit." - NPR, Oct. 7...

Little-Known Immigration Mandate Keeps Detention Beds Full

"Imagine your city council telling the police department how many people the police had to keep in jail each night. Sort of like a quota for traffic tickets, only it's a quota for human detentions. That's effectively what Congress has told ICE, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency...

Thousands Still Have Not Applied For DACA

"The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program allows young people brought to the U.S. illegally as children to avoid deportation. They can also get a work permit for two years." - Ted Robbins (NPR) explains why many who are eligible have not yet applied.

Lawsuits Challenge Border Patrol Shootings, Secrecy

"Bob Hilliard didn't become an attorney to take on civil rights cases. He's a big-time personal injury trial lawyer in Corpus Christi who sues companies like GM and Coca-Cola. His nickname is "The Bulldog." Today, Hilliard represents families in three Border Patrol shootings where...

Mexico Helps With DACA Fees

"Mexico is helping some of its citizens apply for a controversial immigration program in the U.S. called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. Since the Obama administration created the program in 2012, more than 580,000 unauthorized immigrants brought to the U.S. as minors have received...

Foursome in Sweetheart Deal: ICE, CCA, Eloy, Dilley

"The largest immigrant detention facility in the country is under construction in the brush country of South Texas, about 85 miles from Mexico. What's unusual is how the government bypassed the normal bidding process, using a small town in Arizona, 931 miles away, as the contractor." -...

Supporters Aim To Protect Adult Adoptees From Deportation: NPR

"STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: Let's meet some people left behind by changing rules of adoption. This story involves some of the thousands of people adopted from abroad into the United States. RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: When adoptive parents bring home kids from many countries, the children become U.S...

NPR Airs Story on ICE Dollar-Per-Day Private Immigration Jail Labor

"NPR reporter Alexandra Starr covers a lawsuit and slave wages for those in custody under immigration laws. Listen here . Note that in response to my assertion that those in ICE custody are not exempt from the protections of federal labor laws, GEO notes the dollar-per-day level in an appropriations...

Meet the Deported Veterans: NPR

Morning Edition, NPR, Jan. 13, 2016 - "Immigrants have always made up a portion of the Armed Forces in America — joining the U.S. military has always been one of the fastest ways to get U.S. citizenship. About 8,000 troops with green cards became citizens that way last year alone. But it doesn't...

Lo Mein Loophole: How U.S. Immigration Law Fueled A Chinese Restaurant Boom

Maria Godoy, NPR, Feb. 22, 2016 - "Some Chinese business owners in the U.S. could get special merchant visas that allowed them to travel to China, and bring back employees. Only a few types of businesses qualified for this status. In 1915, a federal court added restaurants to that list. Voila! A...

18-Year-Old Conviction Threatened Grandmother With Deportation

Richard Gonzales, NPR, Apr. 9, 2016 - "Maria Sanchez is a 63-year-old widow, grandmother of three and a legal permanent resident who has lived and worked in Sonoma County, Calif., for more than 40 years. But she has also come close to being deported. Four years ago, Sanchez was almost separated...

Inside A Georgia Immigration Court, One Man Fights To Stay With His Family

Caitlin Dickerson, NPR, Apr. 28, 2016 - "Thousands of immigrants go through the Lumpkin, Ga., immigration court yearly. More than 97 percent of them lose and are deported. NPR follows the case of one man whose lawyer thinks he has a shot at winning."