Border & Immigration

U.S. Immigration By The Numbers

Aug 24, 2015

Immigration has been a top issue in the presidential campaign so far, so all this week, Here & Now is looking at the U.S. immigration system, starting first with the numbers.

Host Jeremy Hobson talks with Marc Rosenblum, deputy director of the U.S. Immigration Policy Program at the Migration Policy Institute, about immigrants in the U.S. – where they’re coming from and how the demographics – and numbers – have changed over the years.

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This week on Fronteras: 

--Navajo farmers in Shiprock, New Mexico are scrambling to save their crops following the Gold King Mine spill. 

--Biologists are tracking the impact of the spill.  So far, fish and bugs are okay.

--Mine pollution is nothing new.  Mines have leaked wastewater for decades

--More than a month after Sandra Bland was found hanged in her Hempstead, Texas jail cell, concerned citizens keep a daily vigil there.

--We remember the father who fought to integrate Dallas public schools.

Fleeing to Tijuana? Not from the San Ysidro crossing, you aren't.

As of Wednesday, foreign pedestrians crossing into Mexico between San Diego and Tijuana are required to present a passport, fill out paperwork and, if they are staying for longer than one week, pay a 330-peso fee (about $20).

The report that ISIS is forcing girls as young as 12 to become sex slaves is part of a larger issue. In the world today, an estimated 2 million underage girls work in the sex trade.


 This week on Fronteras: 

·         We’re looking at the impact of the environmental accident along the Animas River.   EPA cleanup workers accidentally released three million gallons of mining pollution into the river, which flows through Colorado and New Mexico.  Its– threatening drinking water, fishing and the environment.  Reporters talk with the Navajo people and residents with homes along the river.   We hear from water managers who are testing ditch irrigation systems for possible contamination.