AirTalk for April 15, 2010

Reforming immigration, transforming California?

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Demonstrators wave signs and flags on the Mall in Washington on March 21, 2010 during a rally for immigration reform. Protesters from around the country gathered for a march expected to draw tens of thousands of people to push Congress to move on a long-delayed immigration reform.

As soon as healthcare reform was signed into law, Senators Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) proposed a legislative outline for immigration reform. Soon after that, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said he was moving full steam ahead with a strategy to pass comprehensive immigration reform this summer. But Reid said Tuesday that immigration reform was too volatile to take up in an election year and that reform would have to wait. Adding to the debate, lawmakers in Arizona upped the immigration ante this week by passing the nation’s strictest enforcement measure yet. What’s the best approach to immigration reform and how would the proposals on the table impact our region?

Panelists:

Antonio Gonzalez, President, William C. Velásquez Institute (the policy arm of the Southwest Voter Registration Education Project)

Ira Mehlman, Media Director for the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR)

Dipankar Purkayastha, Professor of Economics in the Mihaylo College of Business and Economics at California State University, Fullerton. His research and teaching specializations are International Economics and Economic Development of Poor Countries.


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