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  • Using data to cover immigration

    The immigration beat is rich with data, but it's not always easy to get or to interpret. You already know about statistical yearbooks, the monthly reports put out by Customs and Border Protection and are familiar with the stats from the Executive Office of Immigration Review, but how do you go beyond that? How can you request the raw data, how do you word FOIA requests to ensure compliance, and how can you merge and analyze information from multiple sources to get a broader picture of what happens at the border? Finally, how can you “roll your own” data when what you get in response doesn’t tell the full story?

    Tags: immigration; immigrants; data reporting; computer-assisted reporting; ICE; police raids; immigration court; border crossing

    By Garance Burke, Perla Trevizo and Topher Sanders

    2019

  • Covering immigration issues far from the border

    In this tipsheet, Daniel Connolly helps you find and tell immigration stories in your own community - even if you've never covered immigration before.

    Tags: immigration; immigrants; U.S. border; sourcing; detention camps; ICE; police raids; deportation; immigration court

    By Daniel Connolly

    2019

  • Finding the story: Immigration

    There are some 320 million people in the U.S., and 43 million of them were born abroad. About 11 million people are undocumented and over 5.1 million children have at least one undocumented parent. 860,000 people have applied for temporary legal status because they were brought to the U.S. 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 U.S. came as refugees. On any given day, about 40,000 people are in immigration detention. The numbers surrounding immigration can be daunting and hard to track down. This tipsheet offers a new data set and ideas for stories to dig into locally. And discusses how to question numbers about immigration — and what to do when the government is not providing data about its immigration actions.

    Tags: immigration; immigration data; undocumented immigrants

    By Angilee Shah

    2018

  • The data sets every government reporter should have

    Veteran data and government reporters team up to share a list of data sets that can give you a competitive edge in both breaking news and long-term investigations. Walk away from this panel with a wide-ranging list of local and national databases you can request or download immediately, along with related story ideas that will position you to lead coverage while holding governments of all levels accountable. Databases covered will include topics as diverse as payroll, pensions, settlements, vendor information, check registers, immigration courts, voter registration, licensed professionals, property tax, and much more.

    Tags: government data; datasets; national government databases; payroll; pensions; settlements; vendor information; check registers; immigration courts; voter registration; licensed professionals; property tax

    By Jennifer Peebles and Claudia Vargas

    2018

  • Finding the Story: Immigration data

    There are some 320 million people in the U.S., and 43 million of them were born abroad. About 11 million people are undocumented and over 5.1 million children have at least one undocumented parent. 860,000 people have applied for temporary legal status because they were brought to the U.S. 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 U.S. came as refugees. On any given day, about 40,000 people are in immigration detention. The numbers surrounding immigration can be daunting and hard to track down. In this tipsheet, you’ll go through some of the most useful datasets available and talk about some of the data that’s a bit tougher to find. It talks 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.

    Tags: undocumented; immigrants; migration; family

    By Angilee Shah

    2018

  • Documenting America's Immigration Courts

    Getter lists several documents, Web sites and other sources that are helpful for reporters investigating immigration courts.

    Tags: Executive Office for Immigration Review; translators; Board of Immigration Appeals

    By Lisa Getter

    2001