immigration

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.

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