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Immigration Post Election
Immigration Post Election

AIR DATE: November 12, 2010

Republicans have retaken the House. What does that mean for immigration reform in the next two years? And, In Arizona, where so much immigration controversy began after the signing of SB 1070, how is that state shaping immigration issues on a national as well as regional level? We talk to a panel of reporters and political science experts about the implications of this mid-term election and where immigration reform goes from here. We also look to see if Latinos have gained more momentum to fight Arizona style laws elsewhere.

Peter O'Dowd, reporter, Fronteras: The Changing Americas Desk
Rubin Kihuen [D], Nevada State Senator
Antonio Gonzalez, Pres, Southwest Voter Reg Ed Project
Tibi Ellis, Chair, NV Republican Hispanic Caucus

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Regarding the appeal that a law similar to Arizona's SB1070 might have here in Nevada, I offer the following: SB1070 appears to be the product of several factors most of them economic which enlivens righteous indignation and feelings of fear and anger against the most economically vulnerable members of our communities. For one there is a strong anti-federal government sentiment in Arizona, which after all is a border state. Nevada is not a border state and while there is some level of anger at Washington, the political payback for being anti-federal establishment does not appear to be as strong as Arizona's. Our economy has thrived by employing illegal immigrants. Furthermore, Arizona's prisons are largely private and the state government has seen an opportunity for collecting revenue in detaining people, which they can bill the federal government for. It is a despicable way of profiting, which I doubt will be copied by Nevada.
Carlos RinconNov 9, 2010 10:38:49 AM
The PBS Newshour of November 13th, 2007 could serve as a point of departure for the discussion on the feasibility of implementing a law similar to SB1070-Arizona here in Nevada. Has the reflective and reasonable spirit of cooperation and community solidarity, exemplified by the frank discussion of some of the most prominent Las Vegas business leaders changed in light of the economic downturn and unemployment we are experiencing? These businessmen expressed a surprising degree of care for their undocumented workers, valuing their contributions to the economy and describing their relationship to them as very special.
Carlos RinconNov 9, 2010 10:27:44 AM
The statement made on air that Hispanics distanced themselves From supporting Angle is not true. They were never supporting her to begin with and the Republicans knew this. So, they took a calculated risk. The strategy they used to mobilize the Republican base was to use fear and anger. They did so by attacking Latinos as male thugs taking what belongs or would otherwise belong to law abiding, responsible and financially sound white people. I would also like to note that most Latinos earning less than $70,000 vote Democrat.
Carlos RinconNov 9, 2010 10:16:37 AM
Comment: As someone who has spent 2 years and thousands of dollars going through the regular channels to get my Green Card, I find it very annoying that people who are here illegally are called "undocumented". They are illegals, plain and simple. Question: One of your guests said that he doesn't believe that an immigration bill like Arizona's will pass here in Nevada because a large number of Latinos are employed by the construction and casino industries. Can we infer from this that there are illegal immigrants being employed by those industries?
Raj BNov 9, 2010 09:32:36 AM
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