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The Takeaway

California To Allow Undocumented Immigrants Driving Privileges

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

The start of the new year means that immigrants living illegally in the state of California will be happy to head to the DMV this week to apply for a U.S. issued driver's license.

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WNYC News

Obama's Speech Leaves Immigrants Cheering and Yearning

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Obama defended the legality of his actions and challenged the GOP to focus their actions on approving long-stalled legislation to take its place.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Alberto Gonzales on Immigration Reform

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Federal immigration control, including a pathway to "nationality" as a precursor to full citizenship, is discussed by co-authors Alberto R. Gonzales and David N. Strange.

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The Takeaway

Will the GOP Take on Immigration Reform?

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

As lawmakers head back to Washington D.C. today, one item looms over the remainder of this session: The prospect of immigration reform. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

A Foreign Policy, Closer to Home

Thursday, October 02, 2014

David Petraeus and Robert Zoellick talk about a Council on Foreign Relations report calling for approval of the Keystone pipeline and federal immigration reform.

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The Takeaway

Hope Running Out for Immigration Reform

Monday, August 25, 2014

Univision's Fernando Pizarro and KJZZ Reporter Kate Sheehy discuss ongoing deportations to Central America and the business community's influence on executive immigration reforms.

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The Takeaway

Is the Child Migrant Crisis a Refugee Crisis?

Thursday, July 03, 2014

California State Senator Norma Torres—the highest-ranking American elected official to have been born in Guatemala—weighs in on America's response the influx of child migrants from Guatemala, Honduras El Salvador, and Nicaragua.

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WNYC News

Assembly Leader Urges Senate to Pass Dream Act

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Assembly Democrats have approved a one house version of the Dream Act, a bill to give college aid to the children of undocumented immigrants. They're now urging the Senate to follow suit.

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, who calls the Dream Act a top priority, blamed opposition among Senate Republicans for ...

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The Takeaway

Tea Party & House GOP Battle Over Immigration

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

The power of the Tea Party continues to divide and fracture House Republicans. House Speaker John Boehner has decided to stand strong and push forward with immigration reform, but the Tea Party has made it clear they will fight back against legislation. What is on the table for immigration reform this time around? And what is at the heart of the GOP split? For answers, we go to Takeaway Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich.

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WNYC News

Bloomberg To Advocate for Immigration Reform

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Former Mayor Mike Bloomberg is participating on Friday in his first major policy event since leaving office, urging lawmakers in Washington, D.C. to pass immigration reform.

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WNYC News

Chirlane McCray Speaks Up For Immigration Reform

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

New York City’s First Lady, Chirlane McCray, spoke out in favor of reforming the country’s immigration laws at a town hall forum on black immigration in Brooklyn on Wednesday evening.

McCray, whose grandparents emigrated from Barbados, said current laws are “severe” and affect black immigrants disproportionately.

“Black immigrants are ...

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Black Americans and Immigration

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Bertha Lewis, president of The Black Institute, discusses tomorrow night's town hall forum to launch "The G Project" which seeks to engage black Americans on the issue of immigration reform. NYC's new First Lady Chirlane McCray is expected to participate at the forum and share her own family's immigration story.

What about you? The Black Institute estimates there are 60 million black Americans who themselves or whose parents or grandparents immigrated to the U.S.  Find out more and take the survey for "The G Project."

→EVENT: All Races All Faces Immigration Forum, January 22, 6:00 p.m., Christian Cultural Center, 12020 Flatlands Ave., Brooklyn (pdf)

 

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The Takeaway

Activist: Families Need Immigration Reform

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

When it comes to immigration, the American public once again finds its government at a standstill, with Congress unable to confront the issue of a path to citizenship. Today The Takeaway speaks to one immigration activist—Maria Rodriguez, the executive director of the Florida Immigrant Coalition—who believes that such exclusion is fundamentally anti-American and that a path to citizenship is the only true path to reform.

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The Takeaway

Immigration Reform Loses Steam as Clock Ticks

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

In Washington, with just seven days left on the House calendar, prospects for immigration reform are waning. The policy high that peaked in June after the Senate passed a massive, bipartisan bill—which has taken a major hit after a refusal from the House to vote on the Senate immigration legislation, a bill President Barack Obama guaranteed he would sign. Joining The Takeaway for an update on the immigration fight in the Capitol is Takeaway Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich.

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WNYC News

De Blasio Fills City Hall Steps For Immigration Reform And Optics

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

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A day after a feisty mayoral debate, Bill de Blasio hit the stump Wednesday unshaken. The Democrat held a rally at City Hall on Wednesday to advocate for comprehensive immigration reform. But the event was less about the issue and more about the optics.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Monday Morning Politics: Back from Break

Monday, July 08, 2013

Representatives return to Congress today after a long holiday weekend with plenty on their agenda. Wall Street Journal reporter Elizabeth Williamson discusses the latest news from DC -- from U.S. policy in Egypt to immigration reform and more.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Politics Roundup; Cameras in Courtrooms; Black American Issues

Monday, July 08, 2013

Elizabeth Williamson, a Washington-based Wall Street Journal reporter, joins us to round up the news of the long weekend, including immigration and health-care reform. Plus: how cameras in courtrooms affect the judicial process; and Christina Greer, assistant professor of political science at Fordham University, on the political issues that unite and divide black Americans – both those born here and those from abroad. 

The Brian Lehrer Show

Monday Morning Politics: Snowden, Ecuador, Africa Trip, Immigration

Monday, July 01, 2013

President Obama's trip to Africa continues this week, with a stop today in Tanzania, but the politics of DC continue to dominate much of the headlines. Susan Page of USA Today discusses the president's trip, the latest on the extradition of NSA leaker Edward Snowden, prospects for immigration reform in House and more.

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WNYC News

In a Busy News Week, Some Say the Real Issues are Ignored

Friday, June 28, 2013

Immigration reform, affirmative action, voting rights, gay marriage -- it's been a busy week for lawmakers and jurists, one that will likely reshape the country. But in some pockets of the city, the issues that matter aren't what's necessarily in the headlines.

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WNYC News

As Immigration Bill Clears Senate Hurdle, New York Immigrants Celebrate

Friday, June 28, 2013

On Thursday afternoon, an hour before the vote on the immigration reform bill was scheduled, Marta Gualotuna, 53, made her way from Manhattan to a watch party in Queens.

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