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Thursday, January 31, 2013

  • Immigration Activists Win Reunion for Phoenix-Area Family After Deportation Almost Tears Them Apart

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    As President Obama backs an immigration plan that includes a path to citizenship for some of the country’s 11 million undocumented residents, deportations are continuing at record levels. We go to Arizona, where one family was almost torn apart because of a three-year-old traffic violation. Last night, 11-year-old Jose Arma was reunited with his father, Edi Arma, who was detained two weeks ago and almost deported to Guatemala. One day after their reunion, Jose and Edi join us from Phoenix along with immigration activist Viridiana Hernandez, who helped organize a community campaign to win Edi’s release. [includes rush transcript]

  • Obama Offers Hope on Immigration Reform, But Emphasis on Enforcement Portends More Criminalization

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    President Obama has kicked off his second term with a major push for comprehensive immigration reform, backing a bipartisan Senate plan that includes a path to citizenship for some of the estimated 11 million undocumented people living in the United States. But Obama’s call for tougher border enforcement and a system for tracking those who overstay visas has sparked concerns he will continue with a pro-criminalization and militarization approach that saw a record number of deportations in his first term. We host a roundtable with three guests: Lorella Praeli, director of advocacy and policy at the United We Dream Coalition; Fernando Garcia, the founding director of the Border Network for Human Rights; and Mae Ngai, professor of history and Asian-American studies at Columbia University. [includes rush transcript]

  • Redemption: Oscar-Nominated Doc Follows the Working Poor Who Survive on Collecting Bottles and Cans

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    The HBO documentary "Redemption" examines New York City’s canners — the largely invisible people who survive by redeeming bottles and cans they collect from curbs, garbage cans and apartment complexes. Many have quietly slipped into poverty after losing their jobs, now living on the margins of society. The film has been nominated in the documentary shorts category at this year’s Academy Awards. We’re joined by co-directors Jon Alpert and Matt O’Neill, both of the Downtown Community Television Center, a community media center based in NYC’s Chinatown. [includes rush transcript]

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