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The Two-Way
5:23 am
Wed March 4, 2015

Federal Agents Carry Out Search For Evidence Of Illegal Support For 'Birth Tourism'

Children born in the U.S. automatically acquire U.S. citizenship regardless of their parents' nationality.
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Originally published on Wed March 4, 2015 5:43 am

Federal agents searched more than three dozen locations across three counties in Southern California yesterday for evidence of so-called "maternity tourism" operations.

Maternity tourism — or birth tourism — is when a citizen of another country travels to the U.S. to give birth, so the child automatically receives U.S. citizenship.

That in itself is not illegal. But federal authorities are investigating several businesses that may be breaking the law by helping wealthy Chinese women obtain U.S. visas under false pretenses.

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NPR News Investigations
4:04 am
Wed March 4, 2015

Injured Workers Suffer As 'Reforms' Limit Workers' Compensation Benefits

Lupita Ramirez dresses her husband, Joel, at their home in Rialto, Calif. Joel was paralyzed from the waist down after being crushed by a pallet when he was working in a warehouse.
Patrick T. Fallon for ProPublica

Originally published on Wed March 4, 2015 5:43 am

Dennis Whedbee's crew was rushing to prepare an oil well for pumping on the Sweet Grass Woman lease site, a speck of dusty plains rich with crude in Mandaree, N.D.

It was getting late that September afternoon in 2012. Whedbee, a 50-year-old derrick hand, was helping another worker remove a pipe fitting on top of the well when it suddenly blew.

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Law
3:53 am
Wed March 4, 2015

Opening Statements To Begin Nearly 2 Years After Boston Bombing

Originally published on Wed March 4, 2015 5:50 am

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NPR Story
3:53 am
Wed March 4, 2015

Did Netanyahu's Capitol Hill Speech Affect Nuclear Talks In Switzerland?

Originally published on Wed March 4, 2015 5:59 am

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U.S.
2:34 am
Wed March 4, 2015

Immigrants Worry They'll Face Deportation After Deferred Action Delay

Wilfredis Ayala, an unauthorized immigrant from El Salvador, lives in Long Island, N.Y., with his U.S.-born son Justin and Justin's mother Wendy Urbina.
Hansi Lo Wang NPR

Originally published on Wed March 4, 2015 5:43 am

Around four million unauthorized immigrants are stuck in legal limbo more than two weeks after a federal judge in Texas suspended President Obama's move to temporarily protect them from deportation.

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