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Expedited Immigration Hearings in NYC For Minors

Thursday, August 14, 2014

A federal immigration court in Manhattan that usually deals with less than 100 children's cases a month is getting a lot busier.

Twenty-nine unaccompanied minors appeared before a judge Wednesday. It was the first day of "surge docket" hearings. Then next week: A double-docket with 65 cases awaits; an average ...

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The Takeaway

Gov. Perry Deploys 1,000 Troops to the Border

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Texas Governor Rick Perry announced plans to dispatch 1,000 National Guard troops to the Rio Grande Valley. The news comes amid the continued surge of child immigrants from Central America. In recent days, Perry has spoken about taking matters into his own hands if President Obama doesn’t act.

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On The Media

Behind the Border Crisis

Friday, July 11, 2014

For the past few weeks the media have been reporting on a surge in unaccompanied minors who are crossing the border illegally, bringing attention to the latest immigration crisis. But the reality of the situation is far more complicated. Brooke talks with reporter Bob Ortega about what's really happening on the border.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Child Migrants in New York

Friday, June 20, 2014

Unaccompanied minors crossing the US-Mexico border are also arriving in the New York area. Lenni Benson, professor of law at New York Law School and director of the Safe Passage Project, a non-profit that provides free legal counsel to immigrant children facing deportation, talks about why they're coming here, what kind of legal help they need and the bigger picture of children migrating to the US.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The View from Turkey

Monday, September 16, 2013

As the Syrian civil war grinds on, a steady stream of refugees have left the country seeking shelter in neighboring Turkey. Turkish journalist and Al Arabiya columnist, Ceylan Ozbudak, calls in to talk about how the debate over Syrian intervention has played out in the Turkish media.

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On The Media

Warrantless Device Searches at US Borders

Friday, September 13, 2013

There has long been a quiet exception to the constitutional protection against warrantless search and seizure. It happens routinely at every US border, where federal agents are free to confiscate--and copy--contents of hard drives, cell phones, and other electronic data. Bob talks to New York Times contributor Susan Stellin, who broke a story this week with new insights into how the US government exploits the loophole to target journalists, activists and who knows who else.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The End of the Stimulus; The Emotions of Doctors; Humans and Animals

Friday, June 21, 2013

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke announced plans to phase out stimulus efforts. Reuters finance blogger Felix Salmon analyzes what that means for the economy. Plus: State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins on the end of the legislative session in Albany; how the emotions of doctors affect patient care; a look at the U.S.-Mexico border in Texas, California, Arizona and New Mexico; and science writer Jon Mooallem discusses his new book, Wild Ones: A Sometimes Dismaying, Weirdly Reassuring Story About Looking at People Looking at Animals in America.

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Transportation Nation

Detroiters Wait To Hear Fate Of Proposed Bridge Project

Thursday, December 02, 2010

Ambassador Bridge. Image: (CC) by Flickr user mcclouds

(Detroit -- Jerome Vaughn, WDET)  Detroiters and their counterparts in Windsor, Ontario, Canada are waiting for Michigan legislators to determine the fate of a proposed border crossing.

Legislation supporting the Detroit River International Crossing will die in a state Senate committee unless it’s brought to the Senate floor today. The lame duck legislature is expected to adjourn later today.

A group of Senators is pushing to get the bridge plan out of committee--but they’re still not sure if they have the votes needed.

If the measure isn’t voted on today, new legislation will have to be written next year and a new group of legislators will have to determine whether the project is worthwhile.

Canadian officials have already approved the project and have even offered to help pay for Michigan’s construction costs. The Michigan House passed the bill in May.

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Radio Rookies

What about Me, Uncle Sam?

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Christian is 15 years-old and grew up in New York City. But he is an undocumented Meixcan immigrant. 

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