Butchering chicken and meat. It’s dangerous, low-paying factory work–and it leans heavily on immigrant workers, sometimes illegally. Just like farm work, immigration reform could change this industry dramatically, from granting workers legal status to offering temporary work visas. At the same time, some immigrants are deciding to move on from such tough work. Anna Boiko-Weyrauch reports from Missouri.
It may come as a bit of a surprise but the southwest corner of Missouri is home to a growing community of migrants from the Federated States of Micronesia, a country of hundreds of islands in the western Pacific. Reporter Anna Boiko-Weyrauch has the story of how Micronesians came here–and how their journey sharply contrasts with the legal struggles faced by other immigrants.
In the Midwest, where the immigrant population has soared in recent years, Latino farmers are breaking through cultural and language barriers to run their own farms. A new US government project is also supporting them along the way.
With the influx of immigrants, some entrepreneurs in Columbia, Missouri are seeing an opportunity in the city’s changing food culture, including the owner of Chong’s, the city’s oldest Asian grocery store.
An Iraqi-American named Shakir Hamoodi used to run a gourmet food market in Columbia, Missouri. Now, he’s in a federal prison in Kansas. He’s charged with sending money to his relatives in Iraq in the 1990s, violating US sanctions. Hamoodi’s family is now petitioning President Obama for relief.
A project in Rwanda plans to tap methane gas from Lake Kivu and burn it to generate electricity.
The government of Rwanda has ambitious new plan to restore the entire country’s ravaged landscape.