More Questions...

This is going to be short because: a) I have to dash and b) I am fried. I had something like six interviews today. Remind me to tell you sometime what it's like to try to do a group interview over a cell phone with members of a heavy metal band in Syria.

But enough of my problems.

I think all of our pieces today are ones that might provoke some shouting over the dinner table. Our lead — on the whole question of whether education or family ties should count more in setting immigration policy — is one I bet even some family members might disagree about.

Where are you on this?

Truly one can see merit to both sides of the argument, and I think both of our guests — both from immigrant families, both with an argument to make, and a personal history to animate that opinion — clearly showed that even similar history doesn't lead to identical opinion.

The story of the teens who whose homes were raided by immigration authorities...

Now, before you hit the button on your angry letter...I know we did not have the immigration authorities in the piece except for their response to a New York Times reporter. I'd like to hear from ICE in a separate segment at some point soon. But for now, our focus was simple: what's it like? As policymakers debate the future picture, they're the guys on the ground carrying out the present policy. We've been hearing a lot about these immigrations raids, I wanted to know what it was like to be the target of one of the raids. I'd also like to know what it's like to carry one out (full disclosure...I have six police officers — current or retired — in my extended family).

Finally, the story about the Hawaiian burial ground and whether human remains can ever be moved to make way for development... Not to beat myself up — but to beat myself up — I'm still not sure we got to the crux of the matter (...or maybe we didn't have enough diversity of opinion among the guests). Here???s a news flash: we don't always know exactly where all of our guests are going to come out on an issue — it really is a process of discovery. (Take the Terrence Howard interview, for instance.)

But I still don't think we got to the heart of the issue, which is, what is to be done when everyone doesn't share the same belief system about the remains? Everyone does not imbue remains with the same sense of sanctity. And Hawaii is not just, well, Hawaiian, whose rules rule?

I'd like to tackle this again. Any takers? Ideas?

I guess this wasn't so short...I guess I got a second wind...

See you Monday.



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Has NPR thought of discussing immigration and reform from a purely numbers based stand point? It seems as though media outlets are only willing to discuss the human emotional side to the immigration debate.

Why not discuss immigration based on population growth and the impacts of immigration both illegal and legal on school systems, traffic, urban sprawl, crime, pollution, healthcare, taxes, etc.

The thought of over 400 million people inhabiting the US by 2050 is a disturbing thought.

Maybe discuss how population growth will change taking into account the current immigration reform bill versus current immigration law.

Will NPR discuss the numbers?

Sent by Craig | 9:53 AM | 6-4-2007

I think it is sad that young people should be exposed to something their parents brought on themselves. They have had the priviledge of living in this country while their parents broke the law. It is the parents that have to answer for this, not the system.

Sent by Glory | 9:25 PM | 6-6-2007

Most of Us, Latino Immigrants who left our countries did so because corruption, social injustice, abuse of power, impunity, lack of social security, procrastination and many other third world vices. I love my country and its people but I repudiate its political figures and I know many people feel this way, that is why we came to this Country where we are just one more generation of immigrants and we all want to get legally integrated in the American society, with the benefits and obligations of any citizen. This is the only way of preventing third world vices desproportionaly growing in this country for pople taking advantage and exploiting the immigrants whose sin was fleeing from these corrupt governments to come to a Country beyond the rainbow. les. e-mail:

Sent by Les | 5:13 PM | 6-7-2007

The other solution to corruption, social injustice, abuse of power, impunity, padrones, illiteracy, and the many social vices is to stay home, work, and fight for freedom.

I find it very ironic that immigrants would be willing to risk death by crossing the Senoran Desert in summer but they would not spend the same effort to set right their home country's deficits.

Sent by Ed | 2:08 PM | 6-10-2007

The bill is barely limping through the convoluated system but someone has already created a website where you can calculate your points based on the proposed merit system. Check if you qualify to be an american ;)

Sent by Nihar | 7:26 PM | 6-13-2007

About half the plaintiffs are U.S. Citizens or LEGAL immigrants, but undocumented immigrants have constitutional rights too. ICE has failed to produce a single search warrant, and the fact that so many U.S. Citizens and LEGAL immigrants are claiming the same illegal behavior from ICE is a strong indication ICE abused the rights of the Latino community. I hope the plaintiffs win.

Sent by Bob Quasius | 12:59 PM | 2-16-2008


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