When Immigration Matters

Prioritize Immigration Reform Says Univision's Jorge Ramos

Posted by Michael Pollak on Tue, Jul 06, 2010 @ 10:19 AM

As a follow up to President Obama's immigration speech last week, Kiran Chetry, Anchor of CNN's American Morning interviews Univision anchor Jorge Ramos, author of a new book, "A Country for All".  Ramos comments on President Obama's speech and urges him to make comprehensive immigration reform a priority. Last week, President Obama called for securing the borders and paving the way for an estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants to become legal citizens. 


Arizona Immigration Bill Brings Storm of Controversy

Posted by Michael Pollak on Wed, Apr 21, 2010 @ 12:31 PM

A tough new bill imposes some of the most stringent immigration laws in the country and is whipping up a storm of controversy.  The bill requires police to stop anyone they suspect is in the United States illegally.

Is this a moral law?  No argues John Wallis, Council Member of the  Faith-Based Neighborhood Partnership. He is especially concerned with the break up of families who have been living in the States for their entire lives as well as racial profiling.  He argues churches harbor and transport vulnerable people some of whom are undocumented people.  "This law will force us to disobey the Gospel and I'm telling you, we are not going to comply."

Is this tough new bill constitutional?  Law Professor, Jonathan Turley of George Washington University states there is little doubt that a state can have concurrent enforcement of federal laws.  However, this bill raises a number of troubling constitutional questions, especially the reasonable suspicion standard coming from Terry vs. Ohio.  This standard has never been applied in the context of determining someone's status as a citizen.  "How on earth do you have reasonable suspicion that somebody is illegal unless you are doing racial profiling...What you are left with would be an arbitrary and capricious system of papers check that we have seen historically in past countries."

The Great Immigration Debate Continues with CNN's Rick Sanchez

Posted by Michael Pollak on Thu, Apr 15, 2010 @ 9:04 AM

CNN's Rick Sanchez is at it again bringing Columnist Ruben Navarette of the San Diego Tribune and Columnist Emily Miller of the Washington Times together to discuss the root causes of our broken immigration system and whether it is even possible that Congress will pass comprehensive immigration reform in an election year.

Who is to blame for the broken system?  Is it employers taking advantage of cheap labor?  Is it the lack of law enforcement?  Is it the porous borders? Are the immigrants themselves to blame?

How does our government create a fair system that controls who can come in, under what conditions and who gets to stay?  Not so simple.  With the mid-term elections looming and the backpeddling of immigration advocate Senator Harry Reid, is immigration reform even possible this year?

Students Discuss Immigration Reform with Rick Sanchez of CNN

Posted by Michael Pollak on Wed, Mar 17, 2010 @ 8:59 AM

Rick Sanchez of CNNhosts a round table with four students who discuss Immigration Reform and the Dream Act.  The students tell their personal stories and make a strong statement on the subject.

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