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Reporting On 'American Coyotes' Along The U.S.-Mexican Border

I was able to extrapolate a lot of really interesting things that no one has ever looked at before, like the fact that three out of every five coyotes ... on the border are American citizens. - Carl Prine

  People who enter the country illegally have a great impact on the American labor force. But that same American labor is helping to smuggle migrants cross the U.S.–Mexico border. These smugglers, known as “coyotes,” are the focus of a week-long series in the Pittsburgh Tribune Review. Investigative reporter Carl Prine and photojournalist Justin Merriman joined Essential Pittsburgh to discuss their work. 

Also in the program, we'll look at the challenges of being a startup in Pittsburgh with Thrill Mill's Bobby Zappala and acres of wetland that could be losing their Clean Water Act protections.