How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

Border series explores economic and other facets of illegal immigration

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Farm workers near the Central California coast.


In light of the revitalized debate over illegal immigration in recent months, colleagues at San Diego's public radio and television outlet KPBS have put together a terrific series tackling various components of the illegal immigration story.

This past week, Crossing the Line: Border Stories featured radio and television reports examining the economic costs vs. benefits of illegal immigration, one of the most hotly debated issues surrounding the topic; a radio interview with a one-time undocumented immigrant from Oaxaca, now working on an irrigation project for his hometown in the hope that it will create jobs and entice people to stay put; another radio report on how some kids' lives have unraveled after their parents were deported. Earlier this month, there was a report on demographic shifts that stand to affect immigration from Mexico. Transcripts and clips are online.

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