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  • Citizenship For Sale

    Reporters from WTVJ-TV went undercover to witness a Florida man, Audie Watson, in the process of selling memberships in the Little Shell Band of the Pembina Nation. Watson claims the documents he sells for $1,500 allow purchasers to enter the United States legally. Reporters confronted Watson, and he agreed to be interviewed on camera. The series also showed interviews with people who had been arrested trying to cross the border with documents sold by Watson. Although Watson is now being investigated by state and federal officials and is currently on probation in Florida for an unrelated pyramid scheme conviction, his operation has not been shut down as of January 2007.
  • The Pineros Men of the Pines

    This series of stories uncovered the extensive mistreatment and abuse of Latino workers who plant and thin federal and private forests. Like immigrant farm workers before them, the pineros had largely toiled in obscurity with scant recognition of their existence. This entry is the online version of a newspaper series, story # 22280.
  • Inside the UFW

    This series takes a look at what the United Farm Workers have become since it was founded over 40 years ago by Cesar Chavez and others. They found that the UFW is not a union in the typical sense; it has not really been able to raise wages for workers or improve working conditions. It has become, instead, a collection of social-service organizations, some of them for profit, some non-profit, for farm workers. Family members of the UFW founders have often inherited leadership roles and sometimes the money which is donated to various social service organizations is not well accounted for.
  • Political Questions - James J. Chavez

    This report asked a lot of questions about James J. Chavez, a local politician who ran for a seat on the board of the Maricopa County Special Health Care District. The investigators found that Chavez lived outside of the district, that the address he provided inside the district was fake, and that both his college degree and MBA were not valid. Furthermore, the investigation found that he mismanaged funds in a non-profit organization that he worked for.
  • Rebel With a Plan: Welcome to Planning 101

    "This story delves into the psyche of a Los Angeles city councilman who is trying to get his colleagues to adopt an affordable housing policy known as inclusionary zoning. It examines the roles the councilman's upbringing, professional experience and personal grudges play in promulgating a complex policy..."
  • A Different Kind of Divide

    LaFleur takes the 50 year anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education decision that ended segregation in schools to show that though things are no longer black and white, Latinos in Texas are generally concentrated in their own schools. She finds that Latino segregation nationwide has increased since the 1960s.
  • Magic Mountain

    Six Flags is one of the largest regional park company and this investigation looks at how some of the guards at these amusement parks are trained to target African-Americans and Latino customers. It also reveals that a person visiting the amusement park in Southern California was an Olympic gold winner who was humiliated at the theme park.
  • Hispanic Profiling in Southwest Missouri

    Using data gathered from traffic stops in the Southwest Missouri region and a multitude of interviews, the Globe found Hispanic drivers were being stopped at a much higher rate per capita than their white counterparts -- even where whites were more likely to have been found with illegal contraband or be arrested when stopped. Out of more than 600 police and sheriff's departments in Missouri keeping records on the race of stopped drivers, several small communities in Southwest Missouri were among the worst in the state -- so much so that many area Hispanics said they avoided driving through those towns altogether. Police in one community even bragged to the town's mayor about all the Hispanics they were stopping.
  • Nuestra Familia/Our Family

    The Center for Investigative Reporting did a series of binational reports on the inner relationships of Northern California farm town gangs to the Nuestra Familia prison gang, and on law enforcement's questionable use of informants to infiltrate the gang. For years, Nuestra Familia and its rival prison gang the Mexican Mafia have controlled much of California's drug trade.
  • On the Job of Last Resort

    The Omaha World-Herald reports on how the U.S Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has provided only "minimal oversight" over the contractors who clean up meatpacking houses every night. The World-Herald found that "most of these contractors are undocumented workers, and that their cleaning is every bit as dangerous as day-time meatpacking" -- and in fact their injury rate is four times higher than normal workers in the industry. In the demand for speed from employers, many of these workers "have lost fingers, arms and even legs when they tried to keep pace. Harried workers have been known to clean cutting and grinding machines while they are still running, which is a clear violation of federal safety rules." But with undocumented workers fearful to come forward because of their legal status, and some pushed out of their jobs by their bosses when they raise safety concerns, the situation is only getting worse. The World found OSHA gave considerably less scrutiny to the problem, in part because it lumped those cleaning packinghouses into the same industry category as "janitors and maids."