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1. Are ICE’s “Cross Check” raids a doublecross?

ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) claims that the people that it picked up in its most recent high profile operation, “Cross Check,” were folks that “you definitely wouldn’t want to live next to.” Never the show to take the government at their word, we decided to talk about who was really detained and discussed this issue with Jessica Vaughn of the Center for Immigration Studies and Donald Anthonyson of Families for Freedom. Jessica explained why she supported the action and explains why she believes that the problem with the Obama Administration’s approaches to ICE raids, like Cross Check is that they don’t detain enough people. Donald tells us why he disagrees and why he believes that raids like these, that brand those detainees as the “worst of the worst,” end up dehumanizing people we would, and do, live next door to.

One of those people that we would want to live next to is apparently the father of Sgt. Marc Suarez, A veteran who recently returned from Afghanistan, Marc challenges the notion that those that were picked up in the Operation Cross Check were all the “worst of the worst” criminals by telling us about his father who was picked up in this most recent operation. Suarez explains that his father was on ICE’s radar for a drug offense that happened 14 years ago and even though he had completely changed his life since then he was picked up anyway. Alina Das, a Professor of Law at NYU, also calls in to discuss the broken immigration system in the U.S. and tells our listeners that there is no correlation between how undocumented immigrants are treated in the United States and how difficult it is immigrate to the U.S. legally.  To hear this segment, click here or press play below.-

ALSO: After the show, there were many people that wanted to know how they can support Sgt. Suarez’s fight to keep his father here. If you are one of them, you can visit his petition on Change.org by CLICKING HERE. UPDATE:  Sgt. Suarez emailed me last night last night to tell me that, due to all of your efforts, his father was released from ICE custody (although his case is not finished)!  He wanted to pass along his gratitude to all of our listeners that signed and circulated his petition and for all of your thoughts.

2. Is the SCOTUS Stripping the Bill of Rights?

Looks like the Supreme Court is at it again and this time it’s the fourth amendment that’s being attacked. In the Court’s decision in Florence V. Board of Chosen Freeholders they decided that strip searches of people in jail, whether or not they’re guilty or have even been charged…of anything, were constitutional. The lawyer representing Florence in the case, Susan Chana Lask, joined us to discuss the case and what it means for all of us and our rights. Shahid Buttar of the Bill of Rights Defense Committee also calls in to tell us that the Supreme Court is out of touch with Americans on the ground and confirms Subhash’s suspicion that we are all indeed going to hell.  To listen to the show, download it here or press play below.


There are a lot of people that keep saying that we don’t know how the Supreme Court’s decision is going to play out in real life.  Well we sort of do.  If you really want to know what the Supreme Court just declared constitutional, click on the youtube link below.

This is what constitutional looks like…

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1.  Was ICE’s Operation “Cross Check” a “check”mate to criminal or a double “cross” to the public?
As part of an operation it dubs “Cross Check”(hence the wordplay), Immigration and Customs Enforcement nabbed over 3100 immigrants over a 6 day period last week.  ICE touts it as a dragnet of the worst criminals but the immigrant rights community is crying foul after the administration announced it was focusing on “smart” enforcement.  We will hear from Jessica Vaughan (Center for Immigration Studies) and Donald Anthonyson (Families for Freedom).  Later in the segment, we will also hear from Marc Suarez, whose father was taken into custody during an Operation Cross Check raid.  We will also check in with Alina Das (Professor of Law at NYU).
2.  Is the Supreme Court stripping our Constitutional rights or sustaining them?
Jokes aside, the Supreme Court’s decision in Florence v. Board of Chosen Freeholders declaring constitutional strip searches of any kind in a jail, innocent or guilty, violent or non violent, misdemeanor or violation, or even in cases mistaken identity may have some serious implications.  We will talk about those implications with one of the lawyers that tried the case, Susan Chana Lask and friend of the show Shahid Buttar (Bill of Rights Defense Committee).  If you care about the Constitution, you don’t want to miss this segment.
As always, we will also have a brief check in on the fight for justice for Trayvon Martin.