8:22 am
Mon December 23, 2013

St. Louis Looks To Immigrants To Bolster Region

(courtesy St. Louis Mosaic Project)

Originally published on Tue December 24, 2013 6:51 am

St. Louis city and county lost population in the 2010 census which created big concerns about the region’s future.

In reaction, the area's civic leaders quickly turned their attention to immigrants.

Foreign born residents make up less than 5 percent of the metropolitan area, far below most other major U.S. cities.

The St. Louis Mosaic Project came together this last year to address the issue.

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Health & Wealth Update
1:37 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Reporting project shines light on immigrant workers' children

At the primary school in rural Noel, Mo., teachers and staff function as educators and de facto social workers.
Credit Abbie Fentress Swanson / Harvest Public Media


Listen to my interview with KBIA's Harvest Public Media reporter Abbie Fentress Swanson.

While doing research for the Harvest Public Media series “In the Shadows of the Slaughterhouse,” reporters Abbie Fentress Swanson and Peggy Lowe called roughly two dozen institutions to get statistics about the children of immigrant and refugee workers at American meatpacking plants. 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.

“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.”

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10:54 am
Mon October 28, 2013

Noel, Mo.: Schools build safety net for immigrant children

At the primary school in rural Noel, Mo., teachers and staff function as educators about as often as they do de facto social workers.
Abbie Fentress Swanson/Harvest Public Media

In the Shadows of the Slaughterhouse, part 1: Attracted to stable jobs in the meatpacking industry, communities of immigrants are springing up across rural America. Many small, rural towns, however, struggle to provide much more than instruction.

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.

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1:20 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Field Notes: Marking the fifth anniversary of the Postville, Iowa raid

Filmmaker Luis Argueta discusses his documentary "AbUSed: The Postville Raid."
Credit Photo by Abbie Fentress Swanson/Harvest Public Media

This is the latest installment of Harvest Public Media’s Field Notes, in which reporters talk to newsmakers and experts about important issues related to food production.

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CoMo Explained
1:23 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

What does immigration look like in mid-Missouri?

A permanent resident card, or "green card"
Credit Wikimedia Commons

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 would allow immigrants to fill positions that don’t require bachelor’s degrees for three years.

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5:15 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Immigration reform in mid-Missouri

Watch the show and join the conversation on the Intersection website.

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5:45 pm
Mon October 8, 2012

New program at Douglass High School makes sure older kids don't get left behind

ELL Teacher Karen Cottrell observes her students at Douglass High School. Cottrell is new to the district this year, and is helping lift the pilot Douglass Academy program off the ground.
Ryan Schuessler KBIA

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. 

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Arts and Culture
1:22 pm
Fri July 13, 2012

Portrait of a Dreamer: Young Missourians consider a future under Obama's immigration-policy change

Diana Martinez: A self-described "Dreamer" contemplates a future in the United States
Kelsey Kupferer/Lukas Udstuen KBIA

20 year-old Diana Martinez likes to say she was born in Mexico but made in America:

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4:48 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

Mo. immigrant advocacy groups on Arizona's mostly-nixed law

Originally published on Wed June 27, 2012 3:48 pm

Immigrant advocacy groups in Missouri say that while they are pleased the US Supreme Court struck down most of a controversial Arizona immigration policy, they remain concerned about a provision that had the support of the justices.

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.

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PM Newscasts
6:42 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

Newscast for Friday, June 15, 2012

Regional news from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • E. coli reading high at Flat Branch Creek
  • Mo. officials react to Pres. Obama's executive order on immigration
  • Boone County exploring ways to fund Route Z bridge construction
5:46 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

Mo. officials react to Pres. Obama's executive order on immigration

Originally published on Fri June 15, 2012 5:44 pm

Missouri officials are both praising and condemning President Obama’s executive order today that halts deportation of teenage and young adult illegal immigrants.

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5:27 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

Blending of cultures may be blueprint for growth

Luis Campos came to the U.S. illegally but eventually became a legal resident. Campos is now the parlor manager at Winding Meadow Dairy in Rock Valley, Iowa.
Kathleen Masterson Harvest Public Media

Sioux County, in northwest Iowa, is known for its Dutch pastries. The landscape is dotted with Lutheran and reform churches.  But today, Catholic churches and tortillerias are creeping into the landscape — signs of the new residents joining this vibrant community.

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.

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