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5.12.06
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What rights do illegal immigrants have?
"When people say it's not a civil rights movement, they forget that a lot of these families, while our government turned a blind eye, didn't enforce its laws," Macarena Hernandez, editorial columnist at The Dallas Morning News.

With panelists Richard Langlois, Henry Cisneros and Macarena Hernandez.



Does America need to rethink its border policy?
"They [illegal immigrants] have had children who are now citizens. Would we, for the sake of trying to enforce the border, tear up families?" Michael Eric Dyson, the Avalon Foundation Professor in the Humanities at the University of Pennsylvania.

With panelists D.A. King and Michael Eric Dyson.



What should happen to America's illegal immigrants?
"Attrition by enforcement, a gradual decrease in the population is a very reasonable answer," D.A. King, founder of The Dustin Inman Society.

With panelists Henry Cisneros, D.A. King and Archbishop Jose H. Gomez.



Is there a problem with the immigration law or is something else going on?
"They've put an enormous amount of money into prisons. There are prisons all over Texas filled with undocumented workers. It's not going to stop the flow if the employers are still here bringing in the workers," Lee Teran, clinical professor of law at St. Mary's University in San Antonio, Texas.

With panelists Lee Teran, Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, D.A. King, and Henry Cisneros.



How have migrant workers changed the economy?
"There's going to be white Americans, who are going to need Hispanic workers to take care of them in nursing homes, Henry Cisneros, chairman of American CityVista, former mayor of San Antonio, and Secretary of Housing and Urban Development under President Clinton.

With panelists Henry Cisneros, Lee Teran, D.A. King, and Dr. Michael Eric Dyson.



About the panelists:

Henry Cisneros is chairman of American CityVista, a company that describes itself as "dedicated to producing workforce homes in America's urban areas". Cisneros served in the Clinton Administration as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development and is also a former mayor of San Antonio, Texas.

Dr. Michael Eric Dyson is the Avalon Foundation Professor in the Humanities at the University of Pennsylvania. He has written several books including "Is Bill Cosby Right? Or Has the Black Middle Class Lost its Mind?" He is also an ordained minister.

Archbishop Jose H. Gomez is the Archbishop of San Antonio, Texas. He has been named by Time magazine as one of the top 25 most influential Hispanics in America.

Macarena Hernandez is an editorial columnist at The Dallas Morning News. Her family emigrated from Mexico to the U.S. in the early 1970s.

D.A. King is founder of The Dustin Inman Society, which aims to educate the people of Georgia on the consequences of illegal immigration. He is a regular contributor to the Marietta Daily Journal.

Richard Langlois is a criminal defense attorney and chairman of the Bexar County Republican party in Texas.

Lee Teran is a clinical professor of law, specializing in immigration and nationality law at St. Mary's University in San Antonio, Texas.


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