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PRI's The World: Immigration in Times of Recession
Reporter Jason Margolis examines how the recession has affected working conditions of immigrants in Southern California in this four-part series for The World. His interviews with immigrants from the Philippines, Mexico and Central America reveal the daily struggles and exploitations of this community in the face of America's current economic climate.

The New York Times: Mexican Data Show Migration to U.S. in Decline
Reporter Julia Preston discusses census data from the Mexican government that showed a decline in immigration to the U.S., a trend that suggests the lack of available jobs and an ailing American economy may be to blame.

Dolores Huerta Foundation
The Dolores Huerta Foundation is a social justice organization that puts an emphasis on community organizing and activism on behalf of disadvantaged communities.

UCLA Center for Labor Research and Education
The Center for Labor Research and Education, a partnership between both the university's Institute for Research on Labor and Employment and the labor community of Southern California, seeks to provide educational resources for workers and receives support and advice from labor and community leaders.

California Department of Industrial Relations: Undocumented Worker Rights
On its website, the California Department of Industrial Relations outlines the rights of undocumented workers.

Califorina Rural Legal Assistance
The CRLA was founded in 1966 to provide low income, rural Californians with free legal assistance and community outreach programs, workign directly with new immigrants, farm workers, single parents and the elderly.

From Our Files:

Guatemala: A Tale of Two Villages
A month after the largest single immigration raid in U.S. history at a meatpacking plant in Postville, Iowa, FRONTLINE/World reporters Greg Brosnan and Jennifer Szymaszek traveled to the small mid-western town and to rural Guatemala, where many of the undocumented workers were deported, and found deep hardships on both sides.

Mexico: Crimes at the Border
In a joint project with The New York Times, FRONTLINE/World correspondents Andrew Becker and Lowell Bergman investigate the rapidly expanding business of smuggling humans across the U.S.-Mexican border. They follow the dramatic story of an American border guard tempted by money and sexual favors to join a smuggling operation, and explore what the U.S. government is doing about the problem.

Mexico: A Death in the Desert
FRONTLINE/World reporter Claudine LoMonaco retraces the tragic journey of Matias Garcia, a chili pepper farmer from a small Zapotec Indian village in the state of Oaxaca, Mexico, who crossed the border looking for work and died in the Arizona desert.

Mexico: The Business of Saving Trees
Jason Margolis, who first reported this story for PRI's radio program The World, travels with producer Loren Mendell to the heart of rural Mexico for FRONTLINE/World to discover how a former schoolteacher is using the commodity of carbon to revitalize and entire region.