As lawmakers continue to debate immigration reform, the Obama administration is pushing for a path to citizenship for those here illegally.
But the Administration is also deporting more immigrants than ever – around 400,000 a year. Authorities say they’re targeting those who’ve committed serious crimes. But more than half of those arrested do not have convictions. And among those who do, many of the crimes are minor. For the couple in Marianne McCune's story, immigration reform could change everything, but only if it comes very soon.
Deportations Before Reform: Anatomy of an Immigration Bust won the Best News Feature Award in the 2011 Third Coast/Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition. It was reported and produced by Marianne McCune and edited by Karen Frillmann in 2010, for WNYC Radio.
Marianne McCune is a staff reporter for New York Public Radio. She thinks of New York as the center of the world because that's how she covers it: more than a third of New York residents were born in another country and Marianne reports on the resulting cultural, economic, and political links between New York/New Jersey and almost everywhere else on earth. McCune is also the founder and editor of Radio Rookies, an award-winning series of stories written, reported, and produced by New York teenagers.