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  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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    Immigration is back on Washington’s front burner.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York representative Paul Tonko, a Democrat who represents the 20th district, tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that November’s electoral results have reshaped the debate.

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President Barack Obama delivered the first State of the Union address of his second term last night, outlining bold initiatives on reforming the nation’s high schools, immigration policy, economic development, and gun control.

Today we want to hear what you thought of the president’s remarks, and joining us with his reaction to the speech is WAMC’s own political observer, Dr. Alan Chartock. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

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President Obama took a few minutes in his State of the Union address to recognize bipartisan efforts in Congress to craft a comprehensive immigration reform bill.

“Send me a comprehensive immigration reform bill in the next few months, and I will sign it right away,” President Obama said. “Let’s get it done.”

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The U.S. Senate’s so-called “Gang of Eight” released their immigration reform plan on Monday, and the President is outlining his plan Tuesday.  

Northern New York’s Democratic Congressman Bill Owens was in Plattsburgh Monday afternoon just prior to the release of the immigration reform package. He said there are specific items he wants in any immigration measure.

After years of inaction, immigration policy changes suddenly have notable momentum in Washington.

President Obama will address the issue in a speech Tuesday in Las Vegas — a day after a bipartisan group of senators outlined their ideas for a bill that could move through the chamber as early as this spring.

Update at 3:06 p.m. ET. 'Now Is The Time':

Talking to an audience in Las Vegas, an upbeat President Obama said that "now is the time" for "common sense comprehensive immigration reform."

While Obama echoed the pillars of immigration reform presented by a bipartisan group of senators on Monday, he also made an emotional plea for reform.

"What makes somebody American," he said, "is not just blood or birth, but allegiance to our founding principles."

The announcement of the U.S. Senate’s bipartisan plan to immigration reform was welcomed among advocacy groups in Massachusetts. A central pillar of the plan introduced by the so-called “Gang of Eight” is the Path to Citizenship, which would in part make undocumented immigrants to register with the Federal government, undergo background checks, and pay back taxes among other requirements.

What do you think of the proposed immigration reform?

Vox Pop : Open Forum - DREAM Act : 1/22/13

Jan 22, 2013
Pat Arnow

There is talk in Albany about a  plan that would provide financial aid and other assistance to college-bound illegal immigrants.

The idea is to provide a way to help poor immigrant families afford college.  Similar proposals in New York and the nation have faced strong opposition from conservatives. 

On this edition of Vox Pop we are talking about the DREAM Act. What is your opinion of the idea?  Should we provide this type of assistance to those in this country illegally?

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