1.The SB 1070 debates. Is it "papers please" or "enforce the law"
On the day that the Supreme Court was set to review whether or not a few of the provisions of Arizona’s controversial immigration law, SB1070, are constitutional we had a discussion with Chris Newman of the National Day Labor Organizing Network and Jon Feere of the Center for Immigration Studies about the law and its effects 2 years on. Newman described SB1070 as the most anti-immigrant bill that the country had seen in a generation and the declaration of a war of attrition against undocumented immigrants. Feere defended the law as not being as Draconian as many make it out to be and as the Feds doing their job. Check the debate by downloading here or pressing play below.
2. Florida's first undocumented lawyer?
Next we discuss the story of Jose Godinez-Samperio. He graduated at the top of his class at Florida State University’s College of Law but was denied entry to the state Bar in Florida because of his undocumented status. He tells about the challenges of unwittingly being thrust into the middle of a national debate. Check his story here or press play below.
3.The end of the great migration?
For the first time in 80 years, immigration from Mexico to the United States is at a net rate of 0%. We were joined by Jeff Passel of the Pew Hispanic Center who explained what this means and some of the factors that may have contributed to this surprising statistic. Passel cited the relative lack of available employment as one of the primary drivers in this new trend in immigration patterns as well as the increased difficulty that many migrants are now facing immigrating to the U.S. Check the story here or press play below.
4. Another ICE abuse case?
Lastly, we discuss the shocking story of Jose Melger, a 21 year old resident of Collier County who was picked up in a recent ICE raid and is currently being detained. Though Melger has a developmental disability the ICE agents allegedly assaulted him and detained him on the pretense of an alleged gang affiliation from when he was 13. Hear the story here or below.