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Immigration

  • Food shelves, others offer help after immigration raid
    Families affected by this week's immigration raid at the Swift meatpacking plant in Worthington are turning to food shelves for help. Supplies are on their way, but more are needed.December 15, 2006
  • Immigration raids could affect wages, meat prices
    This week's immigration raids on Swift meatpacking plants could change the industry if crackdowns spread to other slaughterhouses, potentially forcing companies to pay higher wages and raising the price of meat for consumers, industry experts said.December 15, 2006
  • Latino newspapers toning down immigration raid coverage
    The largest Latino newspaper in Minnesota is treading carefully around the story of the immigration and identity theft arrests at Swift meatpacking plants in Worthington and elsewhere.December 14, 2006
  • No slowdown in illegal document trade
    The immigration raid this week in Worthington, Minnesota hasn't stopped the vendors of fake documents.December 13, 2006
  • Fear and uncertainty in Worthington follow immigration raid
    Residents of Worthington spent the day reacting to Tuesday's immigration raid at the Swift meat-packing plant in the community. Many Swift workers scared and confused about their future, and that of their friends and relatives.December 13, 2006
  • Initial impact of the Swift raid
    MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Worthington Mayor Alan Oberloh about how the raid is affecting the town.December 13, 2006
  • Feds raid meat-packing plant in Minnesota
    Federal agents raided a southwest Minnesota meatpacking plant on Tuesday, searching for illegal immigrants involved in an identity-theft ring.December 12, 2006
  • Latinos sending more money back home
    The Latino population in Minnesota is growing rapidly, and the money immigrants send to Latin America from Minnesota is growing even faster. A recent report estimates a doubling in the amount of money transfers over the last two years.December 3, 2006
  • How to make a new place home
    Many immigrants to the United States arrive in the footsteps of family members who have already come to this country. Some come with no network.October 11, 2006
  • On the fence about border control
    The Senate is expected to vote this week on an immigration reform bill that was already passed by the House. The Secure Fence Act of 2006 aims to tighten border security by implementing a surveillance camera system and building a 700-mile-long fence along the US-Mexico border.Midmorning, September 27, 2006
  • The challenge of speaking Spanish in America
    If you listen to a group of native Spanish-speakers, you might think their fast-paced conversation means easy communication with one another. But within the Spanish-speaking population, there's a very clear divide -- a linguistic "us" and "them."September 26, 2006
  • Immigrant farmers work and learn in a new land
    The Latino farming population in Minnesota is growing rapidly. It almost doubled from 1997 to 2002. To help some of the new residents, a nonprofit organization developed a specialized project that helps immigrant farmers continue their agragrian lifestyle in this country.September 15, 2006
  • Crime victim visa slow going
    Federal officials have failed to meet a deadline for implementing a special visa designed to encourage illegal immigrants to help with criminal investigations. Regulations for the U visa should be out soon. A 16 year old in southern Minnesota hopes that's true.September 5, 2006
  • A tour of Mexican music in the Twin Cities
    One of the largest niche markets in Latin music in the Twin Cities is regional Mexican music. We took a tour of the Mexican music scene with the author of "Musica de la Raza," a book that tells the story of Minnesota's Mexican and Chicano musicians.September 1, 2006
  • The Oromo sing a joyful song
    After fleeing Ethiopia to escape persecution, more Oromo people have landed in Minnesota than any other place in the world. The music they've brought with them pulsates with joy.August 31, 2006

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