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The new border: Illegal immigration’s shifting frontier

by Sebastian Rotella, ProPublica A version of this story was co-published with The Arizona Republic. TUXTLA GUTIÉRREZ, Mexico — Oscar and Jennifer Cruz knew that crossing the border would be the easy part. The Salvadoran brother and sister made their way over the international line between Guatemala and Mexico with the help of a smuggler […]


  Fixing America: Immigration reform

Following the Obama administration’s announcement to exempt several thousand young undocumented immigrants from deportation, Need to Know’s panel of experts discuss the nation’s need for immigration reform.


  Alina Das on changing federal immigration laws

Scott Simon interviews NYU law professor Alina Das, an advocate for immigrant rights, on what needs to be done to reform our federal immigration policy.


  Alabama: The immigration battle

Need to Know travels to Alabama to report on opposition to the state’s new anti-immigration law from an unexpected source: the sheriff of the state’s biggest county.


  Presidentiality: Herman Cain and the electrified fence

GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain wants to build an electrified fence on the U.S.-Mexico border that could “kill” illegal immigrants. But as history shows, immigrants have braved much worse in pursuit of a new and better life on American soil.


Ariz. gov. doesn’t think ‘beheadings’ are all that interesting after all

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer had a less-than-stellar debate performance that has gone viral on the Internet, but the real curiosity is her claim of headless bodies found in the desert.


Justice Department tries to block Arizona’s immigration law, as states take note

The Justice Department is suing to prevent Arizona from following through on its new immigration law, as 20 states with similar bills take notes.


Dream big or go ‘home’

Immigrant students are risking deportation to support a controversial bill that would allow them to stay.


O’Connor: Confirmation process is ‘narrow path’ for nominee

Sandra Day O’Connor, the first woman to sit on the Supreme Court, spoke with Need to Know’s Alison Stewart about the confirmation process, civics in schools and motherhood.

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