immigration reform

A weekend event in Pittsfield, Massachusetts will bring attention to the area’s immigrants, an issue that went quiet on the national stage amid the government shutdown.

The National Dream Act Coalition is demanding action from Congress and President Barack Obama to stop the foot-dragging on comprehensive immigration reform. The tone of the 11th-hour effort was set by Tuesday's appearance of President Obama on Telemundo.

More than 1,000 people are deported everyday under the Obama administration. Obama told Telemundo that he does not have authority to halt deportations, but advocates should not give up on reform.

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U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says there are many economic benefits of common-sense immigration reform for New York.

Vilsack, who hosted a media conference call Wednesday, says the numbers are a cause for national concern. Maureen Torrey, former chair of the USDA Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee, is an 11th generation farmer in western New York.

A public forum on immigration reform is taking place this evening in Hudson.

Immigration reform advocates want Washington to make sure that millions of families are no longer separated by what they see as unjust policies, that due process is upheld, and that protections are strengthened for all workers.

Democratic Congressman Bill Owens represents New York’s 21st district in the North Country. On WAMC’s Congressional Corner program, Owens said progress on immigration reform looks to be a slow-go.

    Immigration reform remains the subject of fierce debate in Washington.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Vermont representative Peter Welch tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that he is confident a deal can be struck.

  Immigration reform is Congress’ biggest boulder to move this year.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Representative Sean Patrick Maloney tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that the GOP is trying to run out the clock on meaningful reform.

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Supporters of the comprehensive immigration bill recently passed in the U.S. Senate stood outside the district office of a New York Congressman Monday, urging him to follow suit in the House.

About two dozen supporters stood outside Republican Congressman Chris Gibson’s Kingston district office, pressing him to listen to their voices and join in the fight to enact comprehensive immigration reform. Gibson was elsewhere in his district at the time.

Maloney Supports Immigration Reform

May 27, 2013

WASHINGTON – Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY18) supports immigration reform, calling the present system “a mess,” but he does not support amnesty for illegal aliens.

The freshman lawmaker said we cannot deport millions of people who came to the United States illegally.

5/22/13 - Panel

May 22, 2013

  WAMC’s Alan Chartock, University at Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao, and Editor of The Daily Gazette, Judy Patrick.

This morning our discussion topics include:
Osama Pics
Post Tornado Efforts
Immigration Reform Passes Hurdle
Pope's Exorcism?
Apple's Taxes
Disney's "Brave" redesign

  Immigration talk has gone from talk of a border-length fence to a pathway to citizenship.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Massachusetts Democratic Representative Jim McGovern tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that he supports comprehensive reform.

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