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There is considerable speculation that Democrats could take control of the U.S. Senate in November.  During an event in downtown Burlington this afternoon, WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley asked Vermont’s senior U.S. Senator Democrat Patrick Leahy how optimistic he is that the Senate could change hands.

    

  Over 2 million of the nation’s 11 million undocumented immigrants have lived in the U.S. since childhood. Due to our current immigration system they grow up to uncertain futures.

In the new book, Lives in Limbo, Roberto Gonzales introduces us to two groups: the college goers like Ricardo who had good grades and a strong network of community support that propelled him to college and dream act organizing, but still landed in a factory job a few short years after graduation. The other group, the early exiters like Gabriel, who failed to make meaningful connection in high school and started navigating dead end jobs, immigration check points and a world narrowly circumscribed with legal limitations.

Roberto Gonzales is assistant professor at Harvard University Graduate School of Education, his research focuses on the ways in which legal and educational institutions shape the everyday  experiences of poor, minority and immigrant youth along the life course.

  Immigration reforms seems to have taken a backseat in Washington.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Massachusetts Representative Jim McGovern tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that the country needs it.

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New research from the University of Massachusetts Amherst asserts that wage theft is rampant in the residential construction industry in Massachusetts.  A series of case studies found workers – mostly immigrants -- who went unpaid for weeks, were denied pay for overtime, or paid less than they were promised.   WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with the lead author of the paper, Tom Juravich, a UMass Amherst labor professor.

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While in Washington to meet with members of the state’s congressional delegation, the New York Farm Bureau released its national public policy priorities for the year.

  President Obama said his immigration actions are a response to an intransigent Congress.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Massachusetts Representative Richard Neal tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that a sensible bill would likely pass the House. 

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In response to President Obama’s executive actions on immigration announced last week, the Berkshire Immigrant Center is reaching out to undocumented immigrants in the region who may be affected by the deferred deportations. More than 50 people showed up for the center’s workshop Tuesday at Berkshire Community College.

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During a primetime address Thursday, President Obama outlined executive actions to provide temporary relief to some five million undocumented immigrants living in the United States. The issue has generated heated debate, but little movement by Congress.

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During a primetime address Thursday evening, President Obama outlined executive actions to reform the immigration system – a topic of intense debate but little movement among lawmakers in Washington.

In a national address you can hear on WAMC tonight at 8, President Obama will outline executive action to reform the immigration system – a topic of intense debate but little movement among lawmakers in Washington.

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Connecticut U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal recently toured the nation’s southern border as the Obama administration tries handle the surge of immigrant children attempting to get into the country.

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The federal government is asking states across the country to house some of the thousands of young children streaming to the United States’ southern border.

7/15/14 Panel

Jul 15, 2014

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, corporate lawyer Rich Honen of Phillips Lytle LLP, and Political Consultant Libby Post.

Topics include:
Citibank Settlement
Immigration Legislation
O'Malley Mulls Presidential Run
Atlantic City's Decline
NFL Drug Abuse

    President Obama says he can’t rely on Congress to take action on immigration.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Representative Chris Gibson — a Republican from the 19th district — tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that common sense reforms are needed right away.

7/14/14 Panel

Jul 14, 2014

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Newsman Ray Graf and Political Consultant, Libby Post.

Topics include:
Elusive Cease-Fire
Iraq Stalemate
Immigration Politics
DEA Pot Fight
World Cup Over

7/1/14 Panel

Jul 1, 2014

    

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Times Union Associate Editor Mike Spain and Political Consultant Libby Post.

Topics include:
Hobby Lobby
Union Fees Decision
GM Recall
Immigration enforcement

6/30/14 Panel

Jun 30, 2014

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Newsman Ray Graf and Times Union Associate Editor, Mike Spain.

Topics include:
New Vet Head Announced
Afghan Elections
Border Control
Alaska Postal Costs
ISIS name change

    Immigration reform is still stalled in the House, and now it’s almost election season.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York representative Paul Tonko tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that major reforms are needed.

Immigration reform is making headlines today. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson told the House Homeland Security Committee that the Obama administration is looking at every possible option to help respond to a flood of immigrants—many of them children without parents—crossing the border illegally in southern Texas. And in Massachusetts the mayor of Springfield is calling for a moratorium on sending refugees to the city.

    Immigration reform may be a victim of election year politics.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Vermont representative Peter Welch tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that Speaker Boehner should let the House vote yay or nay.

    Momentum toward immigration reform seems to have stalled in Washington.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York representative Paul Tonko tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that it’s time to stop playing politics.

    Immigration reform is bottled up in the House.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York representative Paul Tonko tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that the GOP is standing in the way of progress.

    Immigration reform – is it on or off in Washington?

In today’s Congressional Corner, Massachusetts Democratic Representative Jim McGovern tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that John Boehner is standing in the way.

    Immigration reform looms in Washington — but so do November’s elections.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Union College political science professor Brad Hays and WAMC’s Alan Chartock discuss whether reform will happen this year.

    Republican Nan Hayworth, a one-term Congresswoman who lost her reelection bid in 2012, is trying to get back to Washington.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Hayworth tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that immigration reform needs to happen for the good of the country.

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    The fate of immigration reform in Washington is unclear.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York representative Sean Patrick Maloney tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that he wants to see action.

Immigrant advocates in New York have responded to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s State of the State address by announcing their own agenda for 2014.

Governor Cuomo’s 2014 State of the State address included proposals to lower taxes on businesses and homeowners, build infrastructure, promote tourism, and train new workers. But a lack of emphasis on initiatives to assist the state’s immigrant population upset Jacki Esposito of the New York Immigrant Coalition.

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    Immigration reform appears to have a hit a wall.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Representative Bill Owens tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that lawmakers have been too fixated on the border with Mexico.

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New York Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney held a field hearing today on immigration reform. He was at a northern Westchester community center to listen to testimony from business, community, education, and business leaders.  

It was Democratic Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney’s first field hearing since taking office in January. He delivered the same message at a rally in November– a call to Republican House Speaker John Boehner to allow a vote on comprehensive immigration reform.

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Massachusetts U.S. Congressman Richard Neal made it out to the westernmost portion of his district today.

The Democrat spoke to members of the Pittsfield Rotary Club on a wide range of topics including what’s ahead for the federal government in terms of the economy and the debt ceiling.

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