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What to look for on Smart Talk Monday, January 27, 2014:
State legislatures across the country considered and debated more than 500 immigration bills in 2013.
That's even though the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed that immigration law is a federal responsibility in it's 2012 ruling that struck down a series of immigration bills enacted in Arizona.
States have taken immigration upon themselves because the U.S. Congress can not agree on a comprehensive bill that will address the millions of immigrants who are already in this country -- both legally and undocumented.
There was optimism immigration reform would get done last year because the two political parties seemed willing to work together. Republicans, who often were more focused on border security and deporting undocumented immigrants, fared so poorly with Latino voters in the 2012 election that immigration reform was called a priority.
On Monday's Smart Talk, we'll host a panel discussion featuring an organization that represents immigrants in legal cases, an immigration attorney, another organization that deals with refugees, and an association that represents the needs of farmers.
Guests include: Sheila Mastropietro Office Director at Church World Service/Immigration and Refugee Program, Christian Herr Executive Vice President of PennAg Industries Association, Mary Weaver Executive Director of The Pennsylvania Immigration Resource Center (PIRC) and Oscar Barbosa an Attorney at Diaspora Law.
Sheila Mastropietro, Christian Herr and Mary Weaver
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