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 anymore...so, 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.