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The Takeaway

Illegal Immigrants: A Look Behind Detention Walls

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

It's one of the most controversial topics for this year's Republican presidential hopefuls: How should America be handling illegal immigration? Bachmann, Romney, Perry, and Cain have all weighed in on the issue. In the meantime, the Obama administration set new records last year for detaining and deporting illegal immigrants. And this year, the government plans to top their record by removing 400,000 more. A new episode of "Frontline," called "Lost in Detention," investigates what detaining and deporting involves, for individuals, law enforcement, and communities. The episode airs on PBS stations tonight.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Reading, Writing, Immigrating

Monday, October 17, 2011

Journalist Brooke Hauser chronicles a year at a Brooklyn high school for newcomers to the U.S. in her new book, The New Kids: Big Dreams and Brave Journeys at a High School for Immigrant Teens.

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The Takeaway

200 Students Miss School After Implementation of Alabama Immigration Law

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Last week, The Takeaway reported on an Alabama immigration law that is considered on of the toughest in the nation. A federal judge upheld the law in a challenge by the Justice Department. Among its provisions, the law requires Alabama's public schools to check the legal documentation of its students. Since the law went into effect on Thursday, over 200 Latino students went missing from schools in Huntsville. The law does not give schools the right to turn away children. Schools are only required to report to the state if a child cannot produce legal documentation.

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WNYC News

Queens Mom, Daughter Will Stay in US for Now

Thursday, September 29, 2011

A New York state university student and her mother will stay in the U.S. for now after an immigration judge in Manhattan decided Thursday to review their case.

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The Takeaway

Judge Upholds Strict Alabama Immigration Law

Thursday, September 29, 2011

A federal judge in Alabama upheld sections of a one of the strictest immigration laws in the country on Wednesday. The law requires public schools to determine the immigration status of all students. It also gives police the power to detain anyone who is unable to produce proper documentation proving citizenship. The law, which was challenged by the Justice Department, is likely to be one of many state immigration provisions to be ultimately be decided by the Supreme Court.

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Obama Administration Signals DREAMer Reprieve

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

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On Thursday Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano sent a letter to 22 Senators and White House Intergovernmental Affairs Director Cecila Muñoz issued a statement, both in essence saying that undocumented children and youth as well as others not deemed to be serious criminal threats will not be deported.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

De Facto DREAM Act

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Julia Preston, national immigration correspondent for the New York Times, discusses the Obama administration's announcement that it would stop deporting young immigrants brought here as children.

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New Immigration Policy Offers Hope to the DREAM-Act Eligible

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

We’re talking about a pretty large number of people across the country, as many as three-quarters of a million, 750,000 people, across the country, who might immediately be eligible if the DREAM Act were to pass.

Julia Preston, national immigration correspondent for the New York Times, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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WNYC News

Haitians Granted Temporary Protected Status Re-Apply For Program

Monday, August 22, 2011

Haitians who were granted temporary protected status by the Department of Homeland Security after the devastating earthquake last year — many of whom live in Flatbush and other Brooklyn neighborhoods — have until Monday, August 22nd to reapply for the designation if they wish to stay in the country until January 2013.

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The Takeaway

Obama Administration Announces Change in Immigration Policy

Friday, August 19, 2011

The Obama Administration has announced a dramatic shift in its immigration policy. The Department of Homeland Security announced it will focus on deporting undocumented immigrants with criminal records or pose a threat to national security. Those without criminal records will be allowed to apply for a work permit. The move marks a shift for the Administration, which has drawn criticism from immigration rights advocates for the record-number of deportations that have occurred since the president took office.

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The Takeaway

Church Leaders Team Up Against Alabama Immigration Law

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

In June Alabama passed one of the toughest immigration laws in the country, and it's set to go into effect on September 1. Among other things, the law makes it a crime to knowingly give an illegal immigrant a ride in a vehicle, and to hire undocumented workers. It's already been met with opposition from farmers and contractors, and now church leaders are vocally expressing their opposition. A group of 150 of these leaders signed an open letter saying they intend to break the law, saying it interferes with their mission as Christians.

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WNYC News

Census Data Shows Large Population Swing in New York

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

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The Empire Center for New York State Policy has reported that 1.6 million New Yorkers moved to other states last decade. That's more than the populations of Buffalo, Rochester, Yonkers, White Plains and West Babylon combined.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Harvest

Friday, July 29, 2011

Albie Hecht and Susan MacLaury discuss their documentary “The Harvest,” about child migrant laborers. The film tells the stories of three adolescents who travel with their families across thousands of miles to pick crops in southern Texas, northern Michigan, and northern Florida during the harvest season. They face back-breaking labor in 100-degree heat, the hazards of pesticides, the burden of helping their families through economic crises, and separation from their families.  “The Harvest” opens in New York July 29 at the Quad Cinema.

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The Takeaway

What Happens to America's Deported?

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Record numbers of undocumented immigrants have been deported under the Obama administration, despite the president's acknowledgment that the country's immigration policy separates families and punishes children. What happens to the deported when they return to their native countries after years — sometimes decades — in the U.S.? And what about their children, who are American citizens?

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The Takeaway

Motown's Leaders Want You to Make It 'Hometown'

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Motown, the city that set the world on wheels, now wants the world to consider calling it home. 

“Immigrants: come.  You’re welcome here.’’  That’s the message at the heart of a new effort by policy leaders to roll out a global welcome mat to immigrants, particularly foreign-born students. 

They paint a picture of a future Detroit where some of the more than 31,000 currently vacant homes are returned to stability by immigrants, foreign-born students and entrepreneurs with business acumen strong enough to help reverse the economic decline.   Immigration, leaders say, equals solutions.

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The New Yorker: Out Loud

Suketu Mehta on illegal immigrants

Monday, July 25, 2011

Suketu Mehta on illegal immigrants.

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It's A Free Country ®

Map: Political Representation Lags Between Dominican, Puerto Rican Demographic Shifts

Friday, July 15, 2011

New York's Hispanic community became significantly more diverse over the last decade. Unlike many other parts of America, there is no one ethnic group that dominates the Hispanic category here. Yet when you take a look at Hispanic representation in the city's political landscape, it would seem that Puerto Ricans have the job of speaking for all.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Falsifying Stories For Asylum

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Dana Leigh Marks, president of the National Association of Immigration Judges and a sitting judge in San Francisco, discusses the practice of falsifying stories to gain asylum in the U.S. and the challenge for judges to determine the truth.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Mexican Immigration Slows

Thursday, July 07, 2011

New York Times reporter, Damien Cave, talks about how immigration from Mexico is dropping as economic opportunity improves there, and Senior Demographer at the Pew Hisanic Center, Jeffrey S. Passel, talks about demographic trends in immigration from Mexico.

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The Takeaway

My America: Abraham Verghese

Thursday, July 07, 2011

All week, we’ve been speaking with influential Americans about what patriotism and America means to them as part of our series "My America." Today’s guest is Dr. Abraham Verghese, professor of the theory and practice of medicine at Stanford University Medical School, and best-selling author of "My Own Country: A Doctor's Story" and "Cutting for Stone."

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