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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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Responding to a federal request, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick has offered Camp Edwards on Cape Cod and Westover Air Reserve Base in Chicopee as two locations to house immigrant children. But, the offer is not sitting well with other lawmakers.

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Responding to a federal request Friday morning, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick has offered Camp Edwards on Cape Cod and Westover Air Reserve Base in Chicopee as two locations to house up to 1,000 immigrant children.

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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.

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Governor Deval Patrick says he is weighing a request by the Obama administration about whether Massachusetts could agree to shelter some of the unaccompanied children crossing the nation's southern border illegally.

7/9/14 Panel

Jul 9, 2014

    

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

Topics include:
Hobby Lobby Override
Border Crisis Money
Holder on Anti-terrorism
Palin calls for Impeachment
Look, we found Small Pox!

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The White House announced today that President Obama will seek congressional approval for more than $3 billion to deal with the growing number of children, who are alone and crossing the border illegally from Mexico into the United States. The federal government is also seeking applications from not-for-profit and other groups to set up centers to house the children. One of those possible centers is the former Kenwood Academy Convent in Albany. Eric Copland is an immigration attorney with Copland and Brenner, a law firm in Latham. He says this type of situation has taken place before...

A Capital Region Republican congressional candidate is disagreeing with a plan by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that could house the children of illegal immigrants in Albany.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses an oil spill in the Port of Albany and immigration nationally and locally.

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.

As the present global mind-set continues to dominate the American psyche, from the acme of political policy to many ordinary areas of doing business, this commentator calls “Time-Out!”, for a look at where we are, how we got here, what it’s cost us and what our future portends. As the self-appointed market managers of the so-called democratic (small-d) idiom, we seem to have become habituated to catch-phrases that create a wide latitude of definition and too much room for inexactitude: like “National Destiny” and “Spheres of Interest;” both of which help to harbor inhospitable hanky-panky for the uncontrolled capture of money and power.

DREAM Act Supporters Vow To Fight On

Mar 18, 2014
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Supporters of Dream Act legislation say they were “set up” when a hastily arranged vote on the bill in the New York State Senate chamber late Monday led to the measure’s failure by just one vote. The focus is now shifting to Governor Cuomo. Backers say they will try to get the governor to put the measure into the state budget.

3/18/14 Panel

Mar 18, 2014

    

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

Topics include:
Flight 370
US Sanctions
NYS Senate on Tuition for illegals
Tax Preparer Clean-Up
Big Bang Theory Boost
TU Stories

For those of us with multi-generational and still functioning memories, except for techno-centric system difficulties, there’s little to be optimistic about with respect to the present state of governance at just about every level, in these apparently ‘disunited states of America’.  For this archaic member of the so-called “Greatest Generation,” time seems to have U-turned into reverse mode, by more than ninety years.  Although it had backed away from the League of Nations and World Court, The U.S. in 1921 (the year before this commentator was born) convened separate conferences on limiting naval tonnage and non-use of asphyxiating gasses; to which most nations agreed.  The U.S. avoided signing a commitment against the use of armed force, without congressional approval, which somehow seems not to have been given.

1/3/14 Panel

Jan 3, 2014

    

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

Topics include:
Snowden's Fate
Kerry on Climate
Immigrant can practice law
Bob Grant Dies

Paul Elisha: Technology And Equality

Nov 5, 2013

As a nation organized by émigrés stirred by selfish design or desperation, should one expect out-comes according to what originally impelled them?  Hardly—and yet, much of what our visionary antecedents desired came to pass, despite selfish side-steps and stubborn reluctance, by single-minded saboteurs.  But when such hindrance becomes the stock-in-trade of those invested with responsible representation, just to gain political or financial profit or mere personal satisfaction --- honorable defenders must mount forceful opposition.

    The Berkshire Immigrant Center will host the 9th “Immigrants' Day in the Berkshires” on October 19th at Morningside Community School in Pittsfield, MA.

Immigrants’ Day is a free event with entertainment for children, music and dancing, food from immigrant-owned businesses and the opportunity to receive a free consultation from an immigration attorney. The annual event celebrates the achievements of Berkshire County’s newest U.S. citizens.

Here to tell us more are Brooke Mead, Program Coordinator; Eleanore Velez- originally from Mexico and a bilingual admissions counselor/coordinator of the Multicultural Center at Berkshire Community College; and Elisa Fuller, originally from Ecuador, an Immigrant Community member and Berkshire Immigrant Center/Immigrants' Day Volunteer.

  The debate over immigration could have a major impact on the 2014 elections.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York representative Carolyn Maloney tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that it’s time for the House to take up the Senate’s bill.

    Immigration reform is one of the hottest topics of Congress’ summer recess.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Union College political science professor Brad Hays tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that many Republicans are worried about facing primaries.

At the heart of Rilla Askew’s new novel, Kind of Kin, are social and political issues that continue to rend the fabric of America: illegal immigration, conflicting cultures, the abuse of power, and the tension between faith and government.

Askew has written an investigation of how sweeping, agenda-driven legislation affects real, individual lives.

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Last month the U.S. Senate’s so-called “gang of eight” unveiled a bi-partisan federal immigration reform bill, intensifying the debate on what has seemingly always been a controversial national issue. 

Here today to talk about federal immigration reform and S.744 is Brooke Mead, program coordinator at the Berkshire Immigrant Center in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.

    We are very happy to continue our new regular feature on The Roundtable, entitled – Ideas Matter: Checking in with the Public Humanities. It is our chance to check in with the Humanities Councils throughout our 7-State area to discuss important ideas and why they do indeed matter.

This morning we spotlight the New Hampshire Humanities Council and their work with Bhutanese refugees and The Story of a Pumpkin a traditional tale from Bhutan retold by Hari Tiwari.

Terry Farish and Tika Acharya join us.

  The results of November’s election appear to have changed the immigration debate.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Tim Vercellotti, director of the Western New England University poll and professor of political science, tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that Latinos’ voting power is increasing with every election.

  Immigration reform appears imminent.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York representative Carolyn Maloney tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that she welcomes the rare moment of bipartisanship in Washington.

4/15/13 - Panel

Apr 15, 2013

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock and Ray Graf, and Mike Spain, Associate Editor of the Times Union. Joe Donahue moderates.

Today's topics include:
• Times Union Headlines
• Latest on North Korea
• April 15th – Tax Day
• Immigration Bill Support

  Immigration reform may finally be at hand. 

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Representative Bill Owens tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that his border district will be affected by the reforms.

  Immigration reform appears near – but that’s on the Senate side.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Representative Sean Patrick Maloney tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that he hopes immigration reform can pass through the House as well.

3/28/13 - Panel

Mar 28, 2013

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, WAMC's Morning Edition host David Guistina, and University at Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao.

This morning our discussion topics include:
Supreme Court set to end ban on benefits to gay spouses?
States weigh sports betting as way to raise cash.
How Secure is the Mexican Border?
Nike’s new Tiger Woods ad causes a stir.

BOSTON (AP) — Immigrant advocates are pressing lawmakers to back legislation they say will help reduce the level of deportations in Massachusetts.

Several dozen activists rallied on the steps of the Statehouse on Wednesday in favor of the bill, which would encourage local law enforcement agencies not to forward information to federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials on illegal immigrants who don't have serious criminal convictions.

Sen. James Eldridge is the bill's lead sponsor.

  Will a deadlocked Washington come together for immigration reform? In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Representative Bill Owens tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that any changes should take the northern border into account.

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