Does W.Va. Need More Immigrants?

Aug 21, 2015

Donald Trump wants to send undocumented immigrants home. But could more immigrants help West Virginia economically?
Credit Gage Skidmore / AP Photo

What do Donald Trump, Hmong immigrants, and pepperoni rolls have in common? They're all on "The Front Porch" podcast this week.

We discuss Trump's anti-immigrant appeal, and why West Virginia has the lowest percentage of foreign-born people in the entire U.S.

Should West Virginia be recruiting immigrants as an economic development strategy? Or do immigrants compete for scarce jobs with native-born people?

We also talk about the great pepperoni roll battle, and what the pepperoni roll says about West Virginia's immigrant past.

Check out Laurie Lin's essay on Donald's Trump working-class appeal.

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An edited version of “The Front Porch” airs Fridays at 4:50 p.m. on West Virginia Public Broadcasting’s radio network, and the full version is available above.

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