Topic: Immigration

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Current Event September 24, 2014

A 13-year-old Child Migrant Tells His Story

Civics/Government Economics Immigration

This summer an unprecedented number of unaccompanied young people crossed the border illegally into the United States. Many came with hopes of reuniting with family in the U.S. and escaping violence in their home countries. Now, their futures are uncertain as they are put in detention centers while their cases are processed. In today’s public radio story you meet a 13-year-old migrant and his 11-year-old brother and hear from them about their journey across the border.

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Current Event August 28, 2014

Border Fence Along US-Mexico Border

Civics/Government Immigration

Immigration between Mexico and the United States is a hot button political issue. Much of the focus is on the border fence separating the two countries. Pedestrian Fence 225, brought 18 foot high walls separating Texas border towns from Mexico and along with it a lot of controversy. In today’s public radio story we hear opinions about the wall from local homeowners, politicians and border patrol agents.

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Amnesty ed

Current Event July 18, 2014

Illegal Immigrants Rely on Hope and Amnesty When Crossing Border

Immigration US History II World History II

The number of minors from Central America who are crossing the boarder illegally has jumped lately due to rumors about the United States' immigration policies. The rumors are false, but that hasn't stopped solo children from leaving their families and countries to find a better opportunity in the U.S. Listen to this radio story with your students to learn more about what is driving this surge of minor immigrants.

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Rising

Current Event June 17, 2014

Rising Numbers of Minors Crossing the Border Shows Holes in Immigration System

Civics/Government Immigration US History II

The number of unaccompanied minors crossing the Mexican-American border has increased dramatically and sources say that it's due to a failing immigration system. Although a large number of children are found by border patrol, many evade authorities and cross into a country by themselves. Listen to this public radio story to learn what happens to them.

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Republican house leader loses seat

Current Event June 13, 2014

Republican House Leader Loses Seat to Challenger Because of Immigration Reform

Politics Civics/Government Immigration

In a surprise upset, Republican House Leader Eric Cantor lost his re-election bid to a Tea Party-backed candidate. Political analysts say one of the reasons he lost was his moderate stand on immigration reform. Listen to this radio story to find out what this means for immigration reform.

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Remembering the alamo

Current Event May 13, 2014

Remembering the Alamo

Immigration US History I

Anglo Americans were once considered “illegal aliens” in Texas, then a Mexican state. This story is a modern day road trip to the Alamo that looks back to 1836 when American settlers fought with Mexico to eventually gain control of Mexico and the Southwestern territories. It explains how the dividing line between America and Mexico was drawn.

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Tijuana and san diego borderland

Current Event April 17, 2014

Tijuana and San Diego Borderland

Immigration Geography

Tijuana, a young city, grew out of the construction of the US-Mexico border in California. The physical barrier represents Mexicans’ gateway to opportunities as well as a separation from loved ones.

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Mexican national executed in u.s.

Current Event January 24, 2014

Mexican National Executed in U.S.

Civics/Government Immigration

There are 48 Mexican nationals on death row in the United States. The third Mexican national was executed this week in Texas, despite push back from Secretary of State John Kerry and the Mexican government. Listen to this story to learn why this precedent could be risky for US citizens living abroad.

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