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Need to Know, May 11, 2012: Legal immigration, entrepreneurship

This week's host Maria Hinojosa

In this edition of Need to Know, the program explores the debate about legal immigration.

First: should the government make it easier for foreign-born, hi-tech workers to stay in the United States, as companies like Google, Facebook and Microsoft argue? Or are these workers already undercutting the job market for Americans? Need to Know’s Rick Karr travels to Silicon Valley and to New York City to investigate.

Also, Need to Know’s Mona Iskander goes to Atlanta for a look at foreign-born entrepreneurs. The U.S. Small Business Administration says people who immigrate to the United States are 30 percent more likely to start a business than American-born citizens.

And a Jon Meacham essay about how the federal legislation passed in 1965 under President Johnson fueled immigration.

What’s on this week:

Reverse brain drain

Should the government make it easier for foreign-born, hi-tech workers to stay in the United States, as companies like Google, Facebook and Microsoft argue?

Foreign-born entrepreneurs

Need to Know goes to Atlanta for a look at foreign-born entrepreneurs.

American Voices

A Jon Meacham essay about how the federal legislation passed in 1965 under President Johnson fueled immigration.

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