January 19th Show

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Young Haitian earthquake victims line up to get food donations at a refugee camp in Port-au-Prince. In our first hour, we'll talk about the history of U.S. policy toward Haitian immigrants and refugees in the United States. .

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U.S. Policy And Haitian Refugees
Following the devastating earthquake in Haiti, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced that illegal immigrants from Haiti would be given 18 months to live and work legally in the U.S. But the Department of Homeland Security and the Defense Department are already working to dissuade other Haitians from fleeing Haiti to reach the United States. NPR senior news analyst Ted Koppel and a senior advisor to the UN's Special Envoy to Haiti examine the history of U.S. policy toward Haitian immigrants and refugees in the United States.

Historians on Obama's 1st Year
During the 2008 campaign, and after Barack Obama became the 44th president, we asked several historians to weigh in on the historical significance of his candidacy and election. One day before the one-year anniversary of the Obama presidency, two Pulitzer Prize-winning historians compare Obama's first year in office to his predecessors'.

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