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Immigration Reform
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The Senate is considering sweeping reforms that give some undocumented immigrants a chance to become permanent residents and citizens. But the proposals have met with stiff opposition from those who want to focus immigration reform on tightening our borders and punishing or deporting illegal immigrants. Join us on this edition of Justice Talking as we take a thorough look at immigration policy and border security. We’ll ask if there is a way to prevent illegal border crossings, accommodate the need for guest workers and preserve our heritage as a nation of immigrants.

Interview with an Immigrant
Host Margot Adler talks with Daisy Avidia, an immigrant from Mexico to New York City.

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Interview with Douglas Massey
Host Margot Adler speaks with sociologist Doug Massey about where our immigrants come from and how they get here.

Douglas S. Massey is a professor of sociology at Princeton University. He focuses his research on international migration, race and housing, discrimination, education, urban poverty, and Latin America, especially Mexico. He is the author (with Jorge Durand) of Crossing the Border: Research from the Mexican Migration Project.

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Report from Michigan
Adam Allington reports from the state of Michigan where lawmakers are drafting legislation to limit illegal immigrants' access to scholarship benefits.

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Debate on the Issue
Immigrants' rights advocate Christian Ramirez engages lawyer James Edwards in a debate over immigrants' rights and responsibilities to play by the rules in their adopted country.

Christian Ramirez was born in the Mexican border city of Tijuana. At an early age, he along with his family migrated just a few miles north and settled in the suburban border community of San Ysidro, California. Since 1994, Ramirez has been active in issues relating to the impact of immigration enforcement in California border communities. He has coordinated several grassroots border organizations in the Southern California region, and has been an unyielding critic of the militarization of the U.S.-México border and a committed promoter of human rights in border communities. He is currently the national base building coordinator for Project Voice, a nationwide immigrant rights initiative of the American Friends Service Committee.

James R. Edwards, Jr. has been an adjunct fellow with the Hudson Institute since 1999. He researches and writes on American government and public policy, with emphasis on immigration, homeland security, health care, and social policy. Edwards is a founder and principal of Olive Edwards Public Affairs, L.L.C., a consulting firm in Washington, D.C. He teaches American government in the Washington Semester Program of Claremont McKenna College. Edwards has served as assistant vice president of communications at the Healthcare Leadership Council, legislative director for Rep. Ed Bryant, and senior speechwriter at the Republican National Committee.

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Interviews from the Border: A Policy Maker
Margot Adler conducts an interview with Marco Lopez, a policy adviser to Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano.

Marco A. Lopez, Jr. left home at 16 to bring his Hispanic perspective to the nation’s capitol: “Growing up in a border community like Nogales, where the United States and Mexico are not two different countries but one community, shaped my way of looking at the world. I didn’t know as a child that I crossed an international boundary when I went from Nogales, Arizona to Nogales, Sonora. I grew up in Nogales, period.” Now, Lopez serves as both the Arizona-Mexico Commission’s (AMC) executive director and Governor Napolitano’s policy adviser for Mexico and Latin America.

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Interviews from the Border: A Physician
Host Margot Adler speaks with a doctor on the Mexican border whose efforts to assist illegal immigrants may become criminal acts.

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Interviews from the Border: A Minuteman
Host Margot Adler talks with a Minuteman militiaman about independent citizens patrolling the border.

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