Bottom of the Hour Newscast with Ali Swenson

  From Columbia Radio News, I’m Ali Swenson. President Donald Trump is in Southern California today. He’s touring a section of border fence that was recently replaced. DONALD TRUMP Our country is full, our area is full, the sector is full, we can’t take you anymore, I’m sorry, it can’t happen. So turn around, that’s […]

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Undocumented students hope NY Dream Act will help with tuition

Only six states in the country have legislation that gives undocumented students financial aid and scholarships to attend college. New York could soon become the latest one. Governor Cuomo is expected to sign the NY State Dream Act. The bill  would allow the 4,500 undocumented students who graduate every year to get state tuition and scholarships for college. Reporter Andrea Salcedo met a local student whose future college choice could be heavily influenced by this bill.

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Making America Home: one unaccompanied minor’s journey from San Salvador to Queens.

HOST INTRO: During the 2014 migration crisis, thousands of Central-American children streamed across the border alone. Now President Donald Trump says he’s attempting to crack down on these children’s path to legality. One young man, who crossed border when he was 14 years old, had few options. That is, until someone reached out to help. […]

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In the Aftermath of Trump’s Immigration Ban, African Immigrants Fear What Comes Next

A new report from the Pew Research Center says the African immigrant population of legal and undocumented people has more than doubled in the last 15 years up to just under 5 percent of the total immigrant population. But immigrants from African countries also have a disproportionate rate of deportation compared to other immigrant groups. […]

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Unaccompanied Child Migrants Face Court Alone

Two years ago, President Obama made the decision to fast-track deportation cases. It has forced many unaccompanied child migrants — some as young as four — to face immigration court without an attorney. New York City is unique, because a coalition of nonprofits called ICARE has been working together since then to provide legal services for free. But with the Department of Homeland Security doubling down on arrest and raids since early March, is ICARE a sufficient solution to the humanitarian crisis? Henriette Chacar reports.

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“Tech-fugees” Seek Hi-Tech Solutions To Migrant Crisis

While much of Europe is struggling with the current Syrian refugee crisis, Calais – a city in Northern France – has been dealing with a migrant population since the late 1990s. Now, a group of civic minded technology and design people are using this community as a way to try out some ideas of how to make lives for refugees a little safer. Adele Humbert reports.

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Reassuring Immigrants After the Halt of DACA


The debate over funding the agency reflects a greater fight over President Barack Obama’s immigration policies. A federal judge in Texas halted the launch of a program last week that would have prevented 4 million people from being deported. Adélie Pontay reports that without the program, advocates and immigrant communities are scrambling on what to do next.

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