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  In his new book, A Nation Of Nations: A Great American Immigration Story, veteran NPR correspondent  Tom Gjelten assesses the impact and importance of the 1965 Immigration and Naturalization Act by interweaving the story a handful of immigrant families with the history and analysis of the immigration changes in America as a whole. The fiftieth anniversary of the 1965 act is this month and immigration continues to be a hot button issue in American politics.

Tom Gjelten is a long time NPR news correspondent, he's covered wars in Central America, the Middle East, and the former Yugoslavia, as well as major national stories in the United States. His NPR reporting has won him two Overseas Press Club Awards, a George Polk Award, and a Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award. 

Bill Owens: Governor Walker’s Bad Idea

Sep 15, 2015

Governor Scott Walker announced his support for considering building a wall along the Canadian border, which is clearly a really, really bad idea. It appears the governor is now back-tracking through his aides.

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Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker says police should be able to use an individual's immigration status to help protect local communities.

Baker said Thursday that he opposes creating statewide protections for immigrants in the country illegally, saying that option should be left to cities and towns.

Baker says Massachusetts communities have taken different approaches in dealing with immigrants, adding that local officials are best positioned to make those decisions.

Today in our Ideas Matter segment we check in with a program funded by a Mass Humanities grant, The Charlemont Forum, an annual series of panel discussions in Charlemont, Mass, that this year focuses on immigration history and policy.

We are joined by one of the panelists, David A. Martin, the Warner-Booker Distinguished Professor of International Law at the University of Virginia School of Law, and by the moderator, Charlemont Forum board member David Little.

  As immigration policy is hotly debated around the country in terms of national and cultural security Crossing the BLVD: strangers, neighbors, aliens in a new America presents the human stories of why immigrants and refugees have migrated to the US and what their experiences have been since they came here pre- and post- 9/11.

Based on Warren Lehrer and Judith Sloan’s critically acclaimed book, actor/writer Judith Sloan channels many of the people that the couple interviewed on their three-year journey around the world through the borough of Queens, New York.

Crossing the BLVD will open The Ko Festival of Performance in Amherst, MA on Friday, July 10th.

Judith Sloan joins us now to tell us more.

Stephen Gottlieb: Grateful On The Fourth of July

Jul 7, 2015

As we celebrated the Fourth of July I found myself thinking back to a trip my wife and I made to visit friends on Long Island by way of the Ferry. We knew that there was a ceremony taking place at my alma mater, Yale Law School, for the swearing in of Judge Calabresi to take his seat on the federal Court of Appeals. Justice Souter was coming to perform the ceremony. And one of my classmates was already on the Court and would be there. So it would be a great party.

  What does it mean to be an illegal immigrant, or the child of immigrants, in this era of restrictive immigration laws in the United States? As lawmakers and others struggle to respond to the changing landscape of immigration, the effects of policies on people's daily lives are all too often overlooked.

In Everyday Illegal, author Joanna Dreby recounts the stories of children and parents in eighty-one families to show what happens when a immigration system emphasizes deportation over legalization.

Joanna Dreby is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University at Albany.

 In this world the grossest of inhumanity is euphemistically described as ethnic cleansing. The mutli-directional genocide of the old Yugoslavia has become routine. Boko Haram takes aim at education and at religious difference in Africa, targeting connections with America and the west. The Islamic State and al-Qaeda in the Middle East, with tentacles into much of the Muslim world, target whoever doesn’t belong and subscribe to their version of Islam or dare question their authority, They have targeted America, England, Spain, France Norway and counting. It is terrifying how quickly decent peace-loving communities have been dismembered and destroyed.

2/19/15 Panel

Feb 19, 2015

  The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, SUNY at Albany journalism professor and investigative journalist, Rosemary Armao, and Editor of The Poughkeepsie Journal, Stu Shinske.

Topics include: Obama on ISIS, Immigration Response, Jeb Bush, and VA Prescriptions.

2/18/15 Panel

Feb 18, 2015

   The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, SUNY at Albany journalism professor and investigative journalist, Rosemary Armao, and Associate Editor of The Times Union, Mike Spain.

Topics include: Obama on immigration, Syria announces possible truce, Warren-Clinton Meeting, Deblasio/Police, Trip to Mars, and stories from the Times Union.

1/15/15 Panel

Jan 15, 2015

  The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Editor of The Daily Gazette, Judy Patrick, and WAMC’s Ray Graf.

Topics include: Immigration Policy, President Obama Approval Rating, Capitol Attack?, Secret Service Shake-Up, and Oscar Nominations

Congressman Peter Welch
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  Immigration was a politically charged issue before President Obama outlined executive actions.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Vermont representative Peter Welch tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that a reasonable bill might be able to pass the House — if it ever got to the floor.

9/8/14 Panel

Sep 8, 2014

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

Topics include:
Immigration Update
Ebola Fight
Airstrikes
Broader US ISIS Mission Sought
Cuomo v. Teachout

8/28/14 Panel

Aug 28, 2014

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Political Consultant Libby Post & Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao.

Topics include:
Deficit Update
Immigration
Hostage's Mother's plea
ESPN Michael Sam Report
Chips in Troops

I assume many listeners have seen the television footage of the angry mobs in places such as Murrieta, California and other places holding up signs urging the government to send back the immigrant children who were being bused to processing centers. 

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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

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