Episode 14: Immigration, The Rust Belt and the Rise of Donald Trump

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     Kids play basketball at a neighborhood park in Hazleton, Pennsylvania. (Jessica Kourkounis/For Keystone Crossroads)

    Kids play basketball at a neighborhood park in Hazleton, Pennsylvania. (Jessica Kourkounis/For Keystone Crossroads)

    On this episode of Grapple, we’ll hear a range of personal stories that speak to some of the intense and passionate feelings around immigration. First, we’ll bring you stories from the northeastern Pennsylvania city of Hazleton, which made news a decade ago for trying to crack down on unauthorized immigrants. We’ll revisit the city’s history and hear from two longtime residents who feel immigrants have taken over their hometown. Then, we’ll tell you an intriguing economic story that traces some of the intense feelings around immigration to the decline of the Rust Belt and rise of Donald Trump.  Lastly, we’ll hear the stories of two undocumented chefs working in Philadelphia and how they feel stuck.

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