PRI's The World: 04/13/2016
April 13, 2016
A daughter and her father speak about a controversial immigration debate that could affect millions of people in the US. Next week, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments about the legality of DACA, President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration. At the heart of this is whether to let four million immigrants without legal status stay in the US. We also hear from two Americans with immigrant backgrounds who are lighting up the world of poetry and literature. Plus, Inky the octopus managed to escape from his tank in New Zealand's national aquarium — and make it to the ocean.
Stories in this Edition
Their story is a work of fiction included in Mia Alvar's book, "In the Country."
His keepers think he escaped to the ocean after the lid to his tank was left slightly ajar. It's actually common for octopuses to escape from aquariums.
Immigrant advocates in Patchogue, on New York's Long Island, say Donald Trump's politics fuel anti-immigrant attitudes and his upcoming visit will stir painful memories of a 2008 hate crime that happened there.
Marina Nemat and Saeid Vafa have a lot in common. They're both Iranians. They both fled to Canada after running afoul of Iran's government. But they've come to different conclusions about the future of Iran.
Deivis Ventura is the first openly gay candidate running for Congress in the Dominican Republic. An aide calls him "a shock to the brain of the DR’s conservative society.”
Twenty-eight-year-old Ocean Vuong captures his experience coming from Vietnam to the US in his debut poetry collection "Night Sky with Exit Wounds."
“I don’t think I’m good at running just because I’m Ethiopian,” says Esu Alemseged, 18. “But I think if it weren’t for the Ethiopian identity, I wouldn’t be running in the first place.”
Cellist Leyla McCalla explores the connections between the American South and Haiti on her new album, "A Day for the Hunter, A Day for the Prey." The title comes from a Haitian proverb.
Yolanda Navas and her father Jhonattan left Venezuela in 2000. The family overstayed their tourist visas and lived undocumented in the US until the Obama administration's DACA program added a bit of normalcy. Now, a Supreme Court decision could affect the fate of the program.