Shows: April 3, 2007

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Ken H. Lee

Immigration Reform: Groups React to First Two Proposals

Immigration reform is on the move again: On March 22, Representatives Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) and Jeff Flake (R-AZ) introduced the first bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform bill of the 110th Congress. The Security Through Regularized Immigration and a Vibrant Economy (or STRIVE) Act, was introduced after plans in the Senate to reintroduce the McCain-Kennedy proposal similar that of last year's Senate bill (known as "Hagel-Martinez") were stalled this spring. For that reason the STRIVE Act reveals, in broad strokes, where immigration reform is headed this year: increased border enforcement, boosted penalties for employer sanctions, a new temporary guestworker program, and a way for undocumented workers to get permanent residence through temporary worker status, but acquire permanent legal status only if they leave the U.S. and return to "the back of the line."

Within days, groups including the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), a national Quaker social justice organization, and other immigrant advocacy groups, have expressed fundamental concerns with the bill's framework. The White House threw its hat in the ring late last week, when a more punitive, hurdle-filled immigration proposal was circulated to the press. We're joined today by three advocates: GABRIEL CAMACHO , Regional Organizer for AFSC's New England Regional Office and KAVITHA PAWRIA, Legal and Policy Organizer for Desis Rising Up and Moving.

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Maverick Mayor? Morristown, NJ Residents Oppose Deputizing Police

Towns and other localities in recent years have seized on the immigration debate by proposing to turn their police into immigration agents. Morristown, NJ Mayor Donald Cresitello has proposed to "deputize" 10 officers through the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, a measure that received approval from the City Council last week but has been criticized by the Mayor's own police chief. Critics say the proposal will lead to racial profiling, erodes communty trust, and diverts police resources. STUART SYDENSTRICKER, a member of the Wind of the Spirit collective, and AFSC's CHIA-CHIA WANG join us to describe the growing opposition among Morristown residents and their campaign calling on the Mayor to withdraw his proposal.

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Seven.11 Celebrates 5 this Year

How many different stories can a 7-11 convenience store hold? Find out the answer to this and more when we speak with ROHI MIRZA PANDYA and SANJIV JHAVERI about Desipina's fifth-anniversary performance of Seven.11 Convenience Theatre. The production features seven original short plays, each of which takes place in a 7-11 convenience store in a different part of the country and is currently playing at the Abrons Art Center.

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