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This Week's Agenda: GOP Primaries, Oil Prices, EU Stability

Monday, February 27, 2012

The Republican presidential candidates prepare for primary battles in Michigan and Arizona, two states hit particularly hard by the economic crisis. Mitt Romney won the support of Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, but will his popularity in Arizona help him rise in the Michigan polls? In economic news, the German parliament prepares for a vote on the Greek bailout package, and while gasoline prices rise, consumers may not be too concerned.

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It's A Free Country ®

Irish Immigration Bill Raises Questions in Latino, Asian Communities

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Sen. Scott Brown's bill would qualify Ireland for the E-3 visa program, but America’s sordid history of excluding, and at times oppressing, non-European immigrants has left a bad taste in the mouths of ethnic minorities.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Immigration and Latino Voters

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Valeria Fernandez, contributor to Feet in 2 Worlds and journalist based in Arizona, talks about immigration policy and Latino voters.

EVENT: Valeria will be part of a panel discussion titled, The Detention Dilemma: Families, Security and Immigrant Rights tonight from 6:00pm - 8:00pm at the Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, Arnhold Hall, 55 West 13th Street, 2nd floor.

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ARMS Act Would Give Undocumented a Military Path to Citizenship

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

The ARMS act gives immigrant youth who were brought into the United States illegally as children the chance to change their status by attending college or joining the military under the DREAM Act.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Krys Lee on Drifting House

Monday, February 06, 2012

Krys Lee talks about her collection of short stories, Drifting House. Her stories illuminate the Korean immigrant experience—from children escaping famine in North Korea to recent arrivals in America, whose lives play out in cramped apartments and Koreatown strip malls.

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It's A Free Blog

Opinion: The GOP Needs to Evolve on Immigration - I Did

Friday, February 03, 2012

The GOP should talk more about that kind of entrepreneurship and acknowledge illegal immigrants who manage to hold down jobs and contribute to Uncle Sam.

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The Takeaway

English Immersion: The Bilingual Education Debate

Thursday, February 02, 2012

In the last 15 years, California, Arizona, and Massachusetts have all replaced bilingual education with English immersion programs as a way to address the achievement gap between native and non-native speakers. Statistics show that only 11 percent of California’s English learners reached proficiency last year. How to teach new immigrants English has become an increasingly divisive debate in classrooms across the country with politicians like Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich chiming in to show their support of English immersion programs.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Green Card Stories

Monday, January 30, 2012

Immigration lawyer Stephen Yale-Loehr talks about putting together the book Green Card Stories, which presents portraits of today’s hardworking immigrants looking to contribute to U.S. society. The book features personal stories by Randolph Sealy and Angela Andrade, two immigrants, and they’ll discuss the debate over immigration in America, which has grown increasingly heated in recent years.

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Poll: More than 1/3 of Florida Republicans Still Waiting for New Candidate

Monday, January 30, 2012

While a Suffolk University poll finds Mitt Romney opening up a 20-point lead on Newt Gingrich in Florida, data also show that 40 percent of Republicans in the Sunshine State are still waiting for a savior.

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Opinion: Goodbye Comprehensive Immigration Reform, Hello Incrementalism

Thursday, January 26, 2012

 

President Obama’s State of the Union was largely a “dream” speech. The chances of comprehensive immigration reform happening is practically nil.

 

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Eyes on Marco Rubio as GOP Field Pivots to Florida

Monday, January 23, 2012

As eyes turn from South Carolina to Florida for the GOP primaries, one Republican Senator who isn't even running for president is sharing the spotlight with the Republican presidential candidates.

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The Takeaway

Sweeping Changes to Immigration Rules Proposed

Monday, January 09, 2012

Currently, undocumented family members of legal citizens found living in the states must first exit the country and face a three to ten year ban before returning to apply for a green card. Under a new proposal by the Obama administration, the children and spouses of legal citizens could apply for a waiver which will allow them to remain in country to apply for their citizenship. Supporters say that it will keep families which face lengthy separation together while critics call the proposal “back door amnesty” and a move by the administration to court the much needed Latino vote.

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The Takeaway

Abraham Verghese: A Place to Call Home

Monday, January 02, 2012

Dr. Abraham Verghese first joined The Takeaway as part of the "My America" series. Verghese was raised in Ethiopia, by parents from India. He immigrated to the U.S. in the 1980s for a medical residency, and then to rural Tennessee treat gay men afflicted with HIV. Later, he became a professor at Stanford University Medical School and the author of the best-sellers, "My Own Country" and "Cutting for Stone."

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Is 2011 a Turning Point for the Immigration Battle?

Friday, December 30, 2011

2011 will be recorded as a turning point in the battle between conservative politicians in Arizona who supported laws like  SB 1070 a law that made it a state crime for a person to be an undocumented immigrant in Arizona – and the pro-immigrant rights groups that stood in opposition.

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WNYC News

U.S. Immigration Agency Launches New Hot Line For Detainees

Thursday, December 29, 2011

The hot line is intended to stem concern over local authorities conducting immigration screenings. The new measures come after reports that American citizens were being held on immigration charges.

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WNYC News

Parts Of South Carolina's New Immigration Law Blocked

Friday, December 23, 2011

A federal judge blocks portions of South Carolina's strict new immigration law intended to stop illegal immigrants. The judge says the state is taking over immigration powers that belong to the federal government.

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Romney on Immigration: Hardliner, Not Flip-Flopper

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney has been accused of flip-flopping on issues, chief among them immigration. But has his stance on immigration really shifted that much?

Finger-pointers wonder how Romney has the chutzpah to accuse Gingrich of being soft on immigration, claiming the former Speaker was opening “a new doorway ...

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The Takeaway

Feds Accuse Arizona Sheriff of Civil Rights Abuses

Friday, December 16, 2011

The country's "toughest sheriff" has had his gold star revoked. A scathing U.S. Justice Department report released Thursday found that Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's office carried out a blatant pattern of discrimination against Latinos and held a "systematic disregard" for the Constitution amid a series of immigration crackdowns that have turned the lawman into a prominent national political figure.

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WNYC News

Essex County Freeholders Approve Immigration Detention Contract

Thursday, December 15, 2011

A controversial contract to house illegal immigrant detainees in a privately run facility was unanimously approved by the Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders Wednesday night.

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The Takeaway

US Citizens Caught in Immigration Crackdown

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Since 2008, the Obama administration has deported over 1 million illegal immigrants, the highest number in six decades. However, this crackdown has not only affected illegal immigrants. A new investigation into the Secure Communities program finds that hundreds of American citizens have been detained because immigration officials thought they were illegal immigrants.

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