Take Two for January 28, 2013

Is the political climate right for immigration reform?

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Arizona DREAM Act Coalition staff members, other advocacy group representatives and young immigrants line up in Phoenix last August for guidance about the federal program called Deferred Action, that would help illegal immigrants avoid deportation.

The last time Congress tried to pass comprehensive immigration reform was in 2007, and that was, well, a failure. Many of the measures proposed that time around are resurfacing, now, in a new plan, but under a much different political environment.

Joining us to look at the lessons of past efforts to reform immigration policy and what that could mean this time around, is Lisa Garcia-Bedolla, professor of political science at UC Berkeley who specializes inimmigrant issues.


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