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Evolving Immigration in Beardstown

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The small town of Beardstown, Ill., has become a flashpoint in the country's immigration debate. The town's sizable pork-processing plant goes through 16,000 hogs a day and is staffed overwhelmingly by immigrants. But that doesn't make the immigrants welcomed. The town's mayor recently told Time Magazine that if he could run all of Beardstown's immigrants back to Mexico on donkeys, voters would cheer him on. Weekend America's Kelly McEvers went to Beardstown and asked folks what they thought of immigration in their town.


We take a look back to some of our own family histories. We each have a story about how our families found our way to the United States. The Web site American Family Stories has been collecting stories for years. We hear from Alan Jabbour and Stan Miller about the twist of fate that brought their families to the U.S.

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