April 26, 2005 Los Angeles Police Department Chief William Bratton is looking to modify a decades-old policy that currently forbids L.A.P.D. officers from asking suspects about their immigration status. Bratton insists that his new plan to allow cops to question suspected criminals about their citizenship will not harm immigrant communities — but some activists are worried about the potential for racial profiling.
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April 5, 2005 So far, the turnout for the month-long citizen's border patrol, known as the Minutemen, is far lower than predicted, but their protest has put issues of vigilantism and illegal immigration in the national spotlight. We check in along the Arizona border for the latest.
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April 5, 2005 An estimated 10 million undocumented workers live and work in the United States, making up a burgeoning, low-wage labor force. NPR's Farai Chideya discusses the issue with two members of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security and Claims: Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) and Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX).
April 5, 2005 Last year, U.S. border patrol officials arrested more than one million people illegally entering the United States -- nearly half of them along the Arizona border. A loose coalition of citizens recently began patroling the border themselves, arguing the government wasn't offering enough security. NPR's Ted Robbins reports on the civilian volunteers of the Minuteman Project.
March 31, 2005 NPR's Alex Chadwick talks with Ray Borane, the mayor of Douglas, Ariz., about the civilian volunteers of the Minuteman Project. The organization has proposed setting up a month-long armed patrol to prevent illegal immigration at the Mexican border.
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