immigration reform

The immigration debate

Aug 14, 2014
immigration protest
Connor Radnovich / AP Photo

This summer, President Obama has lobbied Congress to enact immigration reforms, with the hope of reducing illegal immigration and streamlining the process through which people move to the United States. Much of the discussion has centered around children immigrating to the US from Central and South America, who often come unaccompanied with the hope that their families will be able to join them at a later date. This week on Global Journalist, we look at the issue of immigration, the current discourse surrounding it, and what could happen next. Our guests:

Comprehensive immigration reform is critical to sustaining the Midwest’s role as a global leader in agriculture.

That’s the message from U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.

Vilsack told St. Louis Public Radio today that moving forward with the immigration reform plan recently passed by the U.S. Senate is key to retaining international talent that comes to this country to study in the plant sciences.

Meredith Turk / KBIA

Close to 100 refugees filled Broadway Christian Church Saturday, during the Columbia World Refugee Day Festival.  The party started out slow, but picked up after someone tossed a few soccer balls onto the field in the back of Broadway Christian Church.  Within minutes, dozens of kids and young men swarm the balls, set up goals and begin to play soccer.  A few young girls guard the goal, while the rest dribble and shoot in the afternoon heat.

Tim Lloyd / St. Louis Public Radio

Public officials, activists and religious leaders packed into World’s Fair Pavilion in Forest Park this afternoon to rally for immigration reform, calling on members of the U.S. House of Representatives to move forward with a plan that cleared the Senate last week.

St. Louis native Vin Ko runs a pick up soccer league in St. Louis that he said brings together everyone from CEO’s to new immigrants.

More than just potential economic benefits, he said the nation needs immigration reform because it’s the right thing to do.