Katie Couric talks to experts on both sides of the Arizona immigration law (SB 1070) that has ignited a firestorm of controversy as well as a federal lawsuit. She is joined by Christina Rodriguez, a Law Professor at NYU; Doris Meissner, a Senior Fellow at Migration Policy Institute and a former INS Commissioner; and Dan Stein, President of the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR).
The guests share their contrasting perspectives on the following topics:
- What Should be or Can be Done to Control Illegal Immigration in the United States?
- Arizona Law Defined
- Racial Profiling
- Why Do So Many Break the Law?
- Are Illegal Immigrants Taking American Jobs?
Good dialogue to help formulate an opinion on a highly controversial subject.
Congressman Luis Gutierrez (D-Illinois) is determined to keep comprehensive immigration reform as the top priority for the Obama Administration. However, the recession, healthcare, as well as conflicts in Iraq and Afgahnistan have taken precedent.
Ira Mehlman, an immigration reform activist (Federation for American Immigration Reform or FAIR) doesn't think Congress is likely to move forward with amnesty legislation this year, despite the wishes of Guiterrez. He says the legislation will be similar to other amnesty bills from previous sessions of Congress aimed at legalizing the 12-million illegal aliens currently living in the United States. He expects more empty promises of enforcement and doubts Congress is going to move as quickly as Gutierrez and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus wish.
"President Obama said this summer down in Mexico [that] this is not likely to come up until next year. A lot of Democrats don't want to have to go back to their constituents and say, 'Look, we didn't get the economy in shape, we didn't get healthcare done -- but hey, we granted amnesty to millions of illegal aliens.' That's not exactly what the constituents back home are looking for them to do in Washington," explains Mehlman. "And there's probably a lot of pressure from within Congress to delay this as long as possible."
Listen to Gutierrez make his case with Jennifer Ludden of NPR here.
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