immigration http://kbia.org en St. Louis Looks To Immigrants To Bolster Region http://kbia.org/post/st-louis-looks-immigrants-bolster-region St. Louis city and county lost population in the 2010 census which created big concerns about the region’s future.<p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In reaction, the area's civic leaders quickly turned their attention to immigrants.</span><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Foreign born residents make up less than 5 percent of the metropolitan area, far below most other major U.S. cities.</span><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The <a href="http://www.stlmosaicproject.org/">St. Mon, 23 Dec 2013 14:22:59 +0000 Maria Altman 45702 at http://kbia.org St. Louis Looks To Immigrants To Bolster Region Reporting project shines light on immigrant workers' children http://kbia.org/post/reporting-project-shines-light-immigrant-workers-children <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">While doing research for the Harvest Public Media series “</span><a href="http://harvestpublicmedia.org/content/shadows-slaughter-house" style="line-height: 1.5;">In the Shadows of the Slaughterhouse</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">,” reporters </span>Abbie<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Fentress<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Swanson and Peggy Lowe called roughly two dozen institutions to get statistics about the children of immigrant and refugee workers at American </span>meatpacking<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> plants.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Swanson said she called federal agencies, researchers, unions, and immigration advocacy groups. But she couldn't find anyone who kept data on how many of these children live in the U.S., not to mention their health, education or economic status.</span></p><p>“They’re not on anyone’s radar,” Swanson said. “They’re not being tracked or followed, they’re kind of an invisible population in this country.”</p><p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 19:37:15 +0000 Harum Helmy 43352 at http://kbia.org Reporting project shines light on immigrant workers' children Noel, Mo.: Schools build safety net for immigrant children http://kbia.org/post/noel-mo-schools-build-safety-net-immigrant-children <p><em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><strong>In the Shadows of the Slaughterhouse, part 1: </strong>Attracted to stable jobs in the </span>meatpacking<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;industry, communities of immigrants are springing up across rural America. Many small, rural towns, however, struggle to provide much more than instruction.</span></em></p><p>It’s almost 9 a.m., and Noel Primary School teacher Erin McPherson is helping a group of Spanish-speaking students complete English language exercises. But it’s tough going.</p> Mon, 28 Oct 2013 15:54:00 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 42822 at http://kbia.org Noel, Mo.: Schools build safety net for immigrant children Field Notes: Marking the fifth anniversary of the Postville, Iowa raid http://kbia.org/post/field-notes-marking-fifth-anniversary-postville-iowa-raid <p></p><p><em style="line-height: 1.5;">This is the latest installment of Harvest Public Media’s&nbsp;</em><strong style="line-height: 1.5;"><u><a _cke_saved_href="http://www.kbia.org/programs/field-notes" href="http://www.kbia.org/programs/field-notes">Field Notes</a></u></strong><em style="line-height: 1.5;">, in which reporters talk to newsmakers and experts about important issues related to food production.</em></p> Fri, 10 May 2013 18:20:29 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 33529 at http://kbia.org Field Notes: Marking the fifth anniversary of the Postville, Iowa raid What does immigration look like in mid-Missouri? http://kbia.org/post/what-does-immigration-look-mid-missouri <p>Earlier this month, a “Gang of Eight” bipartisan senators introduced an immigration bill that would grant low-skilled immigrant workers the opportunity to stay in the United States legally without a green card, among other reforms. Called “W-visas,” these visas <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/04/29/how-low-skilled-guest-workers-could-become-citizens-under-gang-of-8-bill/">would allow immigrants to fill positions that don’t require bachelor’s degrees</a> for three years.</p><p> Wed, 01 May 2013 18:23:16 +0000 Scott Pham & Katie Moritz 32969 at http://kbia.org What does immigration look like in mid-Missouri? Immigration reform in mid-Missouri http://kbia.org/post/immigration-reform-mid-missouri <p></p><p><strong style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Watch the show and join the conversation on the&nbsp;<a href="http://intersectkbia.weebly.com/" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162);">Intersection website.</a></strong></p><p> Mon, 29 Apr 2013 22:15:43 +0000 Rehman Tungekar 32875 at http://kbia.org Immigration reform in mid-Missouri New program at Douglass High School makes sure older kids don't get left behind http://kbia.org/post/new-program-douglass-high-school-makes-sure-older-kids-dont-get-left-behind <p>Columbia Public Schools is implementing a new program at Douglass High School designed to help at risk students graduate with the skills they need to join the workforce. It’s called Douglas Academy, and is catered to older students who enter the school system late and would be left behind by the traditional path to graduation.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 08 Oct 2012 22:45:40 +0000 Ryan Schuessler 22448 at http://kbia.org New program at Douglass High School makes sure older kids don't get left behind Portrait of a Dreamer: Young Missourians consider a future under Obama's immigration-policy change http://kbia.org/post/portrait-dreamer-young-missourians-consider-future-under-obamas-immigration-policy-change <p>20 year-old Diana Martinez likes to say she was born in Mexico but made in America:</p><p> Fri, 13 Jul 2012 18:22:51 +0000 Kelsey Kupferer 17517 at http://kbia.org Portrait of a Dreamer: Young Missourians consider a future under Obama's immigration-policy change Mo. immigrant advocacy groups on Arizona's mostly-nixed law http://kbia.org/post/mo-immigrant-advocacy-groups-arizonas-mostly-nixed-law Immigrant advocacy groups in Missouri say that while they are pleased the US Supreme Court <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/supreme-court-strikes-down-key-provisions-arizona-immigration-law">struck down </a>most of a controversial Arizona immigration policy, they remain concerned about a provision that had the support of the justices.<p>The five-to-three ruling on Monday allowed Arizona law enforcement officials to check the papers of anyone they suspect is in the country illegally. Opponents say that will lead to biased policing.<p>St. Wed, 27 Jun 2012 21:48:28 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 16621 at http://kbia.org Mo. immigrant advocacy groups on Arizona's mostly-nixed law Newscast for Friday, June 15, 2012 http://kbia.org/post/newscast-friday-june-15-2012-0 <p>Regional news from the KBIA newsroom, including:</p><ul><li>E. coli reading high at Flat Branch Creek</li><li>Mo. officials react to Pres. Obama&#39;s executive order on immigration</li><li>Boone County exploring ways to fund Route Z bridge construction</li></ul> Fri, 15 Jun 2012 23:42:34 +0000 Rehman Tungekar 15985 at http://kbia.org Mo. officials react to Pres. Obama's executive order on immigration http://kbia.org/post/mo-officials-react-pres-obamas-executive-order-immigration Missouri officials are both praising and condemning <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/president-obama">President Obama&rsquo;s </a><a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/06/15/remarks-president-immigration">executive order </a>today that halts deportation of teenage and young adult illegal immigrants.<p>Anyone younger than 30 who was brought to the U.S. Fri, 15 Jun 2012 22:46:44 +0000 Marshall Griffin 15980 at http://kbia.org Mo. officials react to Pres. Obama's executive order on immigration Blending of cultures may be blueprint for growth http://kbia.org/post/blending-cultures-may-be-blueprint-growth <p>Sioux County, in northwest Iowa, is known for its Dutch pastries. The landscape is dotted with Lutheran and reform churches.&nbsp; But today, Catholic churches and tortillerias are creeping into the landscape &mdash; signs of the new residents joining this vibrant community.</p><p>In Sioux County, as in a scattering of communities across the Midwest, Hispanic immigrants are working in meat processing plants, dairies, egg-laying facilities and hog barns. In fact, the majority of U.S. farm laborers today were born outside the U.S.</p> Thu, 24 May 2012 22:27:21 +0000 Kathleen Masterson 14748 at http://kbia.org Blending of cultures may be blueprint for growth