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Investigating Sheriff Joe Arpaio

Friday, September 03, 2010

In a serious investigation into controversial sheriff, Joe Apraio, the U.S. justice department is trying to decide if he violated Title 6 of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which forbids discrimination related to any program that receives federal funds. If this is not resolved, federal funding to the sheriff's department in Phoenix could be pulled. Arpaio is resisting the justice department and refusing to cooperate in their investigation. Phoenix bureau chief for The New York Times, Marc Lacey reports on the showdown and public perception of the Maricopa County sheriff.

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Features

Want to Learn Your History? Get Ellis Island Oral Histories for Free, Online

Friday, September 03, 2010

Thanks to a partnership between the online genealogy group ancestry.com and the National Parks Service, the oral histories of Ellis Island immigrants are available online, and for free, to anyone who wants to click.

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The Takeaway

Arizona's Pima County Grapples with Increasing Number of Deaths Along Border's Rough Terrain

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

This year alone, law enforcement officials have recovered the remains of 170 people in the rough terrain of Pima County, Arizona. Most are believed to be illegal immigrants who were trying to make their way into the U.S. 

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The Takeaway

Inside Arizona's Primaries: Gov. Jan Brewer, John McCain Up for Re-Election

Monday, August 23, 2010

Voters will be heading to the polls to cast their votes in Arizona's primaries tomorrow. We'll finally get a look at how voters feel about Gov. Jan Brewer as she seeks re-election. The governor has been closely watched since she signed the controversial immigration bill, SB-1070 into law. After she signed the immigration bill, her poll numbers sky-rocketed, according to Mark Brodie, reporter and host at KJZZ in Arizona. And he does not see this primary being a problem for her. He also does not predict any problems for Sen. John McCain, who will likely face his toughest challenge on the road to re-election.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Your Highly Skilled Workforce

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Vivek Wadhwa, senior research associate with the Labor and Worklife Program at Harvard Law School, discusses Indian "body shops" and a rule in the new border security bill that increases fees for H1B visas for highly skilled foreign workers.

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The Takeaway

Following Arizona, Florida May Clamp Down on Immigration Laws

Friday, August 13, 2010

Florida may be giving Arizona a run for its money when it comes to cracking down on illegal immigration. According to a 2008 Pew Hispanic Center report, the Sunshine State ranks third in unauthorized immgrants, behind California and Texas. Now some state lawmakers are trying to pass legislation to change those numbers in a big way.

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The Takeaway

Debate Over Role of Local Police in Immigration Enforcement

Thursday, August 12, 2010

"Secure Communities," the federal initiative by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, is supposed to find and deport illegal immigrants who have committed violent crimes. ICE aims to do this by requiring states to forward the fingerprints of people booked by local police to federal immigration officials. But is that how the program really works? More than a fourth of the people deported under the Secure Communities policy have no criminal record at all. Some local law enforcement groups say that if illegal immigrants fear they'll be deported after interacting with the police, they will avoid calling them, even when crimes are being committed.

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The Takeaway

Study Says One in Twelve US Babies Born to an Undocumented Parent

Thursday, August 12, 2010

According to a new study released on Wednesday by the Pew Hispanic Center, roughly one in twelve babies born in the United States in 2008 had at least one parent who was an illegal immigrant. (That is around 8 percent, or roughly 340,000 of the 4.3 million babies born in the U.S. in 2008.) About 85 percent of those parents are Hispanic. This study comes at a time when several Republican senators are asking for a review of the 14th Amendment, which grants automatic citizenship to children born on U.S. soil.

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WQXR News

Deportations Rise Under Obama Administration

Thursday, August 05, 2010

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is on track to deport or expel some 400,000 illegal immigrants this year. That's 8 percent more than ICE expelled under the Bush administration in 2008.

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WNYC News

Deportations Rise Under Obama Administration

Thursday, August 05, 2010

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is on track to deport or expel some 400,000 illegal immigrants this year. That's 8 percent more than ICE expelled under the Bush administration in 2008.

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The Takeaway

Questions on Prop 8, Birthright Citizenship Ignite Debate on 14th Amendment

Thursday, August 05, 2010

This week, we discuss two big stories, each of which considers the original intent of the 14th Amendment. Known as the "Reconstruction Amendment," as it passed in the aftermath of the Civil War, this clause of the Constitution guarantees U.S. citizenship for anyone born in the United States. It prohibits state governments from depriving anyone of "life, liberty, or property, without due process of law," and mandates "equal protection of the laws" for all citizens.

On Wednesday, a federal judge in California ruled Proposition 8, the voter-backed ballot measure to prohibit same-sex marriage, unconstitutional based on "due process" and "equal protection" grounds: both clauses in the 14th Amendment.

Meanwhile, on Capitol Hill, several Republican senators are proposing to repeal or change the Amendment. They say we should no longer automatically give citizenship to American-born children of illegal immigrants.

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The Takeaway

Amending the 14th Amendment: If You're Born in the U.S. Should You Be Guaranteed Citizenship?

Thursday, August 05, 2010

Republicans have been pushing to have hearings to change the 14th Amendment. The way it stands now, if you're born in the U.S., you're an American citizen. We asked you, the listeners, what you thought about changing the 14th amendment, and we hear what you have to say. We're also joined by The Takeaway's Washington correspondent, Todd Zwillich, who believes that Republicans are just nibbling around the edges of the whole immigration issue.

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WNYC News

Deportations Before Reform: Anatomy of an Immigration Bust

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

The men and women who knock on illegal immigrants’ doors and take them away in handcuffs are members of what are called fugitive operations teams. They often meet up before dawn in some dim parking lot near the homes of the immigrants they're looking for.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Congressional Round-Up

Monday, August 02, 2010

John Stanton, senior writer at Roll Call, talks about immigration bills, campaign finance reform, the ethics charges against Congressman Rangel, and what else is next for Congress.

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The Takeaway

Listeners Respond: Arizona Immigration Law Ruling

Friday, July 30, 2010

Yesterday, we reported on the last-minute ruling by an Arizona federal judge, which put a hold on many of the controversial provisions in the state's new immigration law, such as requiring immigrants to carry their papers with them at all times and officers to check the immigration status of people detained for other reasons. 

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WQXR News

Immigration Rights Advocates March Across Brooklyn Bridge

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Several hundred opponents of Arizona’s controversial new immigration law marched across the Brooklyn Bridge and rallied for immigrants’ rights in Lower Manhattan on Thursday.

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The Takeaway

Univision Anchor Jorge Ramos Takes the Long View on SB 1070

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Jorge Ramos is an anchor on the Spanish language television network Univision, and author of A Country for All: An Immigrant Manifesto. A familiar face in Hispanic households across America, Ramos regularly covers the immigration debate. Ramos talks about Arizona's hobbled law, and where immigration reform can go from here. He says that the time is right for immigration reform, "but that nobody has the political courage in Congress to do something about it."

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The Takeaway

What's Next for Arizona Immigration Law?

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Federal Judge Susan Bolton issued a blow to Arizona's controversial immigration law Wednesday, blocking key parts of the law, including the provision that requires immigrants to carry their papers with them at all times. We take a look at how long the injunction will stay in place and what Arizona's next legal move might be. And we ask what this means for other states that want to craft their own immigration policies. 

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The Takeaway

Reaction from Phoenix to Restraints on Arizona Law

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Judge Susan Bolton blocked sections of the controversial law, S.B. 1070, that would have required police officers to check a person's immigration status while enforcing other laws, and that would have required immigrants to carry their papers with them at all times or face detention. For reaction from Phoenix, we hear from Nadine Arroyo Rodriguez, KJZZ Phoenix Public Radio news reporter for the Latino Affairs desk. 

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Last Minute Ruling Holds Most Provisions of Arizona's Immigration Law

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Yesterday, just one day before Arizona's controversial immigration law was to go into effect, a federal judge put a last-minute hold on some of the most controversial parts of the law, including the requirement for immigrants to carry papers at all times, and the directive for officers to check the immigration status of people they detain for other reasons.

For civil rights groups who oppose the law, it's a last-minute reprieve. For law enforcement agencies who supported it, it's a disappointing setback. It's been a long three months for supporters and opponents alike since Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed S.B. 1070 into law on April 23rd. 

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