October 28, 2010
National Public Radio | Morning Edition | Laura Sullivan
"NPR spent the past several months analyzing hundreds of pages of campaign finance reports, lobbying documents and corporate records. What they show is a quiet, behind-the-scenes effort to help draft and pass Arizona Senate Bill 1070 by an industry that stands to benefit from it: the private prison industry."
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October 12, 2010
Lori Chesser and Geof Fischer talk about the mixed feelings Iowans have on immigration reform, and support for an Arizona-style law.
September 28, 2010
Kurdish American Karwan Abdul Kader was stopped and stripped by local law enforcement for no reason other than driving around in the wrong neighborhood. This is one among many stories featured in a powerful new documentary “Face The Truth: Racial Profiling Across America”, produced by Breakthrough’s Restore Fairness campaign and the Rights Working Group, showcasing the devastating impact of racial profiling on communities around our country, including the African American, Latino, Arab, Muslim and South Asian communities.
The documentary brings to life a new report by the Rights Working Group released along with 350 local and national partners on the one year anniversary of the Face the Truth campaign to end racial profiling. Both the video and report urge Congress to pass the End Racial Profiling Act (ERPA), and are featured in a Congressional briefing on Thursday, September 30th in Washington D.C. attended by advocates, police chiefs and community organizers.
September 23, 2010
Recurring guest Ying Sa of Community CPA & Associates, talks about updates in state and federal tax laws; Geof Fischer of the Iowa Immigration Education Coalition, discusses the DREAM Act.
Iowa Public Television | Iowa Press
Seven weeks ... just over 50 days remaining until Election Day. It is a crucial time for two candidates seeking to represent Iowa in the United States Senate. We're questioning republican incumbent Senator Charles Grassley and democratic challenger Roxanne Conlin on this edition of Iowa Press.
by Renee Feltz and Stokely Baksh
Far from the U.S.-Mexico border, local police arrest thousands of illegal immigrants. Congress wants to make sure these people are deported. To get the job done, it’s relying on a program called Secure Communities. But there’s a hitch: Despite its name, the program may actually hurt public safety.
What Are True Costs And Benefits Of Illegal Immigration?
August 12, 2010 | American Public Media, Marketplace | Jeff Horwich
In 2008, federal agents walked into a kosher meatpacking plant in Iowa and walked out with almost 400 people. At the time it was the biggest immigration raid in U.S. history. For the tiny town of Postville and its main employer, it was devastating. Now, the plant is trying to get back on its feet. Jeff Horwich reports.
Listen to A new beginning for meatpacking plant
Citizenship and the 14th Amendment
August 9, 2010 | Betsy Stark
The birthright citizenship controversy and the burning question of whether children of illegal immigrants should continue to be granted citizenship just because they’re born on American soil.
It’s a constitutional right: If you are born on American soil, you are an American citizen. Now, some leading Republicans say it’s time to rethink this 14th amendment “birthright citizenship.”
They say illegal immigrants and “birth tourists” are coming to the United States to “drop” their babies– and a nation with enough troubles is paying the price. Is it just a political salvo in a mid-term election year? Or should the Constitution be changed?
Listen to Citizenship and the 14th Amendment
In Illegal Immigration Debate, To Hire Or Not?
August 9, 2010 | Peter O'Dowd
American families who hire illegal workers to trim yards, clean toilets and paint walls are helping fuel the underground economy that attracts some 11 million undocumented workers to the U.S.
In the Western U.S., it's not hard to find someone who hires illegal immigrants. The real challenge is finding someone who will admit it on tape... (more from NPR's Morning Edition)
Listen to the show: In Illegal Immigration Debate, To Hire Or Not?
Utah's Immigration Bill
August 9, 2010
Carrots, sticks and the police
Utah's attorney-general and police chief weigh in on a state representative's home-grown solution to illegal immigration.
Mystery list frightens Utah immigrants
July 14, 2010
Following in Arizona’s footsteps, a “Concerned Group of American Citizens” in Utah has released a list of 1,300 alleged illegal immigrants living in their state and they are now demanding their deportation. Tony Yapias discusses.
The Economics of Immigration
Robert Shapiro, former economic adviser to President Clinton, on the fiscal impact of a new wave of American immigration.
WHO 1040 with Jan Mickelson and Cato Institute's Dan Griswold
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Iowa political conundrums which confuse the host...again. 'Nuther judicial outrage...then Daniel Griswold from Cato Institute in Iowa telling us that illegal aliens should be viewed as economic assets. Steve Camorata from CIS disagrees. Iowans give them an earful.
Immigration economics expert advocates legal path to citizenship
Iowa Immigration Education Coalition brings in two experts
An immigration reform activist from California and a researcher from a Washington, D.C. think tank that highlights "free market" principles held a series of events in Iowa on Thursday to share the same view: it's time for a new U.S. policy on immigration. Dan Griswold, director of the Cato (KAY-toh) Institute's Center for Trade Policy Studies, says immigration "has been good" for the State of Iowa.
Raul Hinojosa is founding director of the California-based North American Integration and Development Center. He hopes Arizona's new law cracking down on illegal immigrants is a wake-up call to federal policymakers who've been unable or unwilling to find a solution.
The two men were invited to Iowa by the "Iowa Immigration Education Coalition" and both noted immigration is a topic in "the heartland" partly because of the high-profile immigration raids at meatpacking plants in Postville and Marshalltown. Griswold says those raids illustrate the ongoing labor-market needs of Iowa.
The two men made four appearances together in Des Moines on Thursday, appearing at a Rotary Club over the lunch hour and in a church last night.
He says it's clear from his visit to Iowa that there's sentiment in "the heartland" for immigration reform.
Fallon Forum with Lori Chesser on Immigration Myths
Immigration attorney Lori Chesser of the Iowa Immigration Education Coalition and Davis Brown Law Firm helps debunk myths surrounding immigration.
Fallon Forum with Dr. Hector Avalos on Immigration and Trade Policy
Issues surrounding illegal immigration, Mexican and U.S. trade policies are revisited. Guest is Dr. Hector Avalos, professor of Religious Studies at Iowa State University.
Immigration Overhaul on NPR's The Exchange
Realities Of Life On The U.S.-Mexico Border
Listen to National Public Radio's Around the Nation with Rebecca Roberts talk with special guests about the "Realities of Life on the US-Mexican Border." (May 4, 2010)
While Washington and the nation debate how to best handle immigration, those who live and work along the U.S.-Mexico border have their own perspectives. For some residents of border towns, the national debates don't reflect the realities of their lives along the border.
Fallon Forum with Sandra Sanchez on Immigration Reform in AZ
Sandra Sanchez leads us in a discussion of the immigration reform law passed in Arizona last week.
Watch a video on the economic and tax benefits of passing comprehensive immigration reform by the Center for American Progress.
Listen to clips from several presentations given as part of the Drake Choir series on issues of home in Iowa from the Drake Choir Blog.
Audio of 3/29/10 Lecture by Sister Mary McCauley
Audio of 3/22/10 Lecture by Dr. Mark Grey
Audio of 2/23/10 Lecture by Sol Varisco
Audio of 1/26/10 Lecture by Lori Chesser and David Swenson
View a clip from the Iowa Immigration Education's informational video on immigration. The video was produced by Munoz Productions, Inc. The IIEC offers community forums, presentations, and policy briefings for the public policymakers, community leaders, and the media. Request a copy of this DVD by emailing Info@iowaimmigrationeducation.org.
Rep. Jared Polis: “Immigration and economic growth go hand-in-hand”
Representative Jared Polis (D-CO) discussed immigration and the economy on the floor of the House of Representatives on December 9, 2009, after the release of "Immigrants and the Economy," a report by the Fiscal Policy Institute. He describes how the report counters misinformation about immigrants in the US economy, and highlights the positive contributions immigrants have on productivity, expansion of markets, job creation and many other facets of the economy. Polis uses this report to call for comprehensive immigration reform in the US.
In Their Boots: Episode 5 "Second Battle"
“Second Battle” is the wives of two U.S. service members who cannot stay in the country their husbands proudly served — and in one case died for. “Segunda Batalla,” es la historia de las esposas de dos miembros del ejército estadunidense luchando por quedarse en este país.
PBS Frontline World -- Guatemala: A Tale of Two Villages
"DREAMer" in NBC Nightly News
Interview: The Effects of An Immigration Raid
Today Show Clip: Family Split Due to Deportation