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Helping NPR with Basic Journalism on Immigration Issues

I keep six honest serving-men (They taught me all I knew); Their names are What and Why and When...

Ric Oberlink

California Could Offer State Medicaid Benefits To Illegal Aliens

Some California lawmakers are determined to pass legislation that encourages more illegal...

E-Verify, Tight Labor Markets, Wage Increases: That’s Good News

The unemployment rate has fallen to 3.8%, the lowest since 2000, and the black unemployment rate...

Ric Oberlink

The American Lung Association’s Latest Air Pollution Report Is Out… And It’s Bad News For California

  Despite many attempts by California lawmakers to curb air pollution levels in the...

The Philosophical Differences on Immigration Between Canada and the U.S.

By Alexia Fernandez Campbell
June 24, 2016
The Atlantic

Canada’s new immigration system reveals a different set of priorities—and a different way of thinking about immigration.

Obama immigration plan blocked by 4-4 tie at Supreme Court

President Barack Obama pauses as he speaks in the White House briefing room in Washington, Thursday, June 23, 2016, on the Supreme Court decision on immigration. A tie vote by the Supreme Court is blocking President Barack Obama's immigration plan that sought to shield millions living in the U.S. illegally from deportation. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

By Mark Sherman
June 23, 2016

Report: 4,948,000 illegals eligible for amnesty, 716,000 in battleground states

By Paul Bedard (@SecretsBedard)
June 21, 2016
Washington Examiner

With the Supreme Court readying its decision on President Obama's illegal immigrant amnesty programs, a new report shows that nearly 5 million aliens would be eligible for just two of the president's initiatives, or nearly half of the total population of undocumented immigrants.

Immigration Driving Population to Unsustainable Levels

PORTLAND, OREGON - October 5, 2013 - Guillermo Carillo, of Vancouver, center, joined several hundred others gathered in downtown Portland's Director Park to call attention to federal immigration reform. Immigrant rights organizations across the country held events to mark what they called the A Day of Dignity and Respect. Carillo said that the Bible talks about caring for the travelers, the widows and orphans. Faith Cathcart/The Oregonian

Region's Firefighters Gearing Up For Possibly One Of 'Worst Fire Seasons Ever'

Image of Calabasas "Old Fire" from June 7, courtesy of LAFD.

By SOCAL Patch Staff
June 15, 2016
Is your family ready, Brentwood? Clear brush, dead trees; make evacuation plan. "The time to prepare is now," official said.

American-born children of immigrants proving fruitful recruiting ground for jihad in U.S.

Photo by: Joe Cavaretta
Port St. Lucie Police along with the FBI, investigate a residence related to the Orlando shooter, Omar Mateen, Sunday, June 12, 2016. Mateen is named as the gunman wielding an assault-type rifle and a handgun who opened fire inside a crowded gay nightclub early Sunday, before dying in a gunfight with SWAT officers, police said. It was the worst mass shooting in American history. (/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP)

Laid-Off Americans, Required to Zip Lips on Way Out, Grow Bolder

Technology workers from Abbott Laboratories gathered in April at a North Chicago bar after the company laid off about 150 of them. Credit- Joshua Lott for The New York Times

By Julia Preston
June 12, 2016

'At the Limit’: Mexico is Buckling Under a Surge in Immigration to the US Ahead of the Presidential Election

Central American migrants stand atop wagons while waiting for the freight train "La Bestia", or the Beast, to travel to north Mexico to reach and cross the U.S. border, in Arriaga in the state of Chiapas January 10, 2012. REUTERS/Jorge Luis Plata/File Photo

By Gabriel Stargardter and Julia Edwards
May 10, 2016
Business Insider

Illegal immigrants kidnapping children to sneak into U.S. as ‘family units,’ feds say

Stephen Dinan
June 7, 2016
Washington Times

Illegal immigrants are kidnapping children and bringing them across the border, hoping to appear to be families so they can take advantage of lax enforcement policies, the Obama administration told a federal appeals court on Tuesday.

Smuggling Network Guided Illegals from Middle East Terror Hotbeds to U.S. Border

In this undated photo from the U.S. Border Patrol, Crystal A. Diaz, a U.S. Border Patrol agent with the Tucson Sector in Arizona, rides her ATV while on patrol. The Border Patrol is on a hiring spree for a very specific type of agent: a female one. Only 5 percent of its approximately 21,000 agents around the country are women, and the agency has long called this a problem. It is especially troublesome in the Southwest, where nearly 120,000 women were caught crossing the border illegally in the fiscal year that ended Oct. 31.