Finding the story: Immigration
There are some 320 million people in the US. 43 million of them were born abroad. About 11 million people are undocumented and over 5.1 million children have one or more undocumented parent. 860,000 people have applied for temporary legal status because they were brought to the US without proper documentation as children. Over 500,000 people are waiting for their cases to be heard in immigration courts. Some 270,000 people in the US came as refugees. On any given day, about 40,000 people are in immigration detention.
The numbers surrounding immigration can often be daunting and, sometimes, hard to track down. In this session, we’ll go through some of the most useful data sets available — and talk about some of the data that’s a bit tougher to find. We’ll talk about how to use that data to get leads on local and national stories — and what to do when the government is not providing data about its immigration actions.
Prerequisites: No technical skills are needed for this workshop, though a little bit of comfort with math and some perseverance will help.
Angilee Shah is a senior editor for Global Nation, PRI's coverage of immigration in the US. She has reported from across Asia and on diverse cultures across the US, from Southern California to Minneapolis, where she currently based. She has been a fellow of the Institute for Justice and Journalism, the Journalism and Women Symposium and Illinois Humanities. @angshah
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