Politics, government and public life for Southern California

That's My Issue: Immigration

TMI Adam Edgerly

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Adam Edgerly talks to KPCC about his thoughts on immigration. He is concerned about justice, respect and dignity regarding the issue.

This post is part of KPCC & WNYC's "That's My Issue" series, and represents the views of its author, not of either station. 


There is this ignoring of the immigration problem and barking back and forth at each other without coming up with compromised solutions that actually allow people to be here legally and yet don’t put undue burdens on our education system, on our hospitals. 

The Federal government controls the border and who gets to come in, but local governments have to bear the burden of the expense, and corporate interests gain from having cheap labor, but they don’t have to provide the healthcare and the education.

I think you have to treat people with respect and dignity. That means they need to be able to be here legally.

I have a lot of friends who are here from a wide variety of countries. I pastor a church of fifteen to sixteen ethnic groups alone in our congregation. Not to mention, anybody living in Los Angeles or in California, you’re affected by the wave of immigration because you are in relationship with people who are documented as well as undocumented.

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That's My Issue: The youth vote

TMI Chloe Groome, Youth Vote

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Chloe Groome, a UCLA student, talked with KPCC about the youth vote.

This post is part of KPCC & WNYC's "That's My Issue" series, and represents the views of its author, not of either station. 


There’s a lot of issues that matter to me on an individual basis, but the thing that I think is most important, overall, is getting young people to vote.

There’re a lot of issues in California right now that are going to come down to a few thousand votes. So, I just feel that it’s just really important for young people to get their voice out there and realize that their vote matters.

I pay attention to politics, and I know that politics matters on an individual level. The personal is political. And so, in my own life, I try to make other people realize that their decisions matter and that voting matters.

I’m young myself. I want to see my interests represented. 

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That's My Issue: The economy

TMI Lawrence Man, The Economy

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Lawrence Man tells us about the issue that will be of concern to him this election season: the economy.

This post is part of KPCC & WNYC's "That's My Issue" series, and represents the views of its author, not of either station. 


My most important issue is the economy.

So many people are out of a job, including myself.  I’m on limited income, so certainly, it makes it very difficult. I’m sure for other people as well.

I’ve been recently going to the Far East, like Hong Kong and Shanghai to look for jobs, so if [the American economy] gets better, then I will have a better chance to find jobs here..  


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That's My Issue: Immigration

TMI Coco Liu, Immigration

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Coco Liu, a UCLA student, speaks to KPCC about immigration. She tells us her experience in seeing illegal immigrants struggle.

This post is part of KPCC & WNYC's "That's My Issue" series, and represents the views of its author, not of either station. 


If there is an issue I would be most interested in, in revamping, it would be immigration.  

I know people that are more involved in this issue, that are actually affected by it. It’s more closer to me, like I can actually see an effect. 

Basically, I’ve seen fears in people getting deported. Every single day, they can’t go to sleep without being constantly reminded by the fear that they are going to be deported, like anytime.


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That's My Issue: The economy

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Job seekers arrive at the National Career Fairs' San Francisco South Career Fair on July 16, 2012 in San Mateo, California. As the national unemployment stands at 8.2 percent, dozens of job seekers attended a career fair in hopes of finding employment.

This post is part of KPCC & WNYC's "That's My Issue" series, and represents the views of its author, not of either station. 


My name is Enoch Morishima. I recently graduated from college and fortunately I’ve been able to find a full-time job now, but I’ve had a hard time finding it.

I know a lot of friends who are still struggling and just seeing the community and the entire country in general, seeing so many people and so many families struggle, and seeing this country lag behind others in terms of being able to lead economically and have its hard and soft power decline, it worries me.

I really hope that the person I vote for can make a positive impact. I am not looking for a very quick turnaround, but at least start making better steps and leading the country into a more robust economic recovery. 

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