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ON THE LINE: Immigration Reform in the USi
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August 16, 2013 3:00 AM
The debate over immigration reform in the US is heating up. The senate passed a comprehensive immigration reform bill back in June that includes a pathway to citizenship for the nation's 11 million undocumented workers but the Republicans in the House have already shown their reservations. When it comes to how to improve the nation’s immigration system, opinions differ widely. This week’s edition of “On the Line” discusses issues surrounding the immigration reform debate in the US. GUESTS: (1) Lia Parada: Legislative Director, America's Voice. (2) Dr. Bryan Roberts: Sr. Economist, Econometrica; Former Assistant Director, Border & Immigration Programs, Department of Homeland Security. (3) Charlie Spies: Founder, Republicans for Immigration Reform.

ON THE LINE: Immigration Reform in the US

Published August 15, 2013

The debate over immigration reform in the US is heating up. The senate passed a comprehensive immigration reform bill back in June that includes a pathway to citizenship for the nation's 11 million undocumented workers but the Republicans in the House have already shown their reservations. When it comes to how to improve the nation’s immigration system, opinions differ widely. This week’s edition of “On the Line” discusses issues surrounding the immigration reform debate in the US. GUESTS: (1) Lia Parada: Legislative Director, America's Voice. (2) Dr. Bryan Roberts: Sr. Economist, Econometrica; Former Assistant Director, Border & Immigration Programs, Department of Homeland Security. (3) Charlie Spies: Founder, Republicans for Immigration Reform.

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#Migrants- Crisis on the Seas
The US military has begun conducting maritime surveillance flights off the west coast of Malaysia, supporting efforts to search for thousands of migrants believed stranded at sea. Indonesia and Malaysia have agreed to take in thousands of migrants, potentially heading off refugee crisis in SE Asia. Meanwhile, the US is criticizing Myanmar’s, also known as Burma, treatment of the Rohingya, as they pile onto boats to escape persecution. All of this mirrors what is happening on the Mediterranean, where thousands of migrants from Africa and the Middle East continue to make their way across troubled waters, only to be turned away. This week’s HashtagVOA looks at perception, policy and the potential solutions. 

GUESTS
Brigadier Martin Xuereb:
Migrant Offshore Aid Station  [Malta]
John Sifton: Director of Advocacy for Asia, Human Rights Watch [Washington DC]
Francine Uenuma: Save the Children [Fairfield, Connecticut]
Niels Frenzen: USC School of Law, @MigrantsAtSea [Los Angeles]