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Need to Know

Episode #235

MARIA HINOJOSA ANCHORS. In this edition of Need to Know, the program explores the debate about legal immigration.

First: should the government make it easier for foreign-born, hi-tech workers to stay in the United States, as companies like Google, Facebook and Microsoft argue? Or are these workers already undercutting the job market for Americans? Need to Know's Rick Karr travels to Silicon Valley and to New York City to investigate.

Also, Need to Know's Mona Iskander goes to Atlanta, Georgia for a look at foreign-born entrepreneurs. The U.S. Small Business Administration says people who immigrate to the United States are 30 percent more likely to start a business than American-born citizens.

And a Jon Meacham essay about how the federal legislation passed in 1965 under President Johnson fueled immigration. [26 minutes] Closed Captioning

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Series Description: NEED TO KNOW is an integrated broadcast and online current affairs project, uniting broadcast and web in an innovative approach to newsgathering and reporting. It breaks through the limitations of the broadcast schedule by means of a web-based production model that empowers audiences to "tune in" anytime and anywhere. A cross-media initiative built around a wide community of journalists and producers, with input from an engaged audience, NEED TO KNOW covers five primary beats: the economy; the environment and energy; health; security; and culture. Stories, interviews, blogs and photo features are continually added to and updated online, with the production teams inviting interaction and input from online readers and users who are on the lookout for the latest information on a given subject. Each week's online story development culminates in the weekly broadcast, curated from the week's reporting by the various beat teams. The broadcast features documentary-style field reports, both domestic and international, short features and studio-based interviews and conversation to complement and advance the produced reports.

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