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Fixing America: Immigration reform

As a candidate, President Obama promised to tackle comprehensive immigration reform in his first term as president. But as that term winds down and the campaign starts in earnest, it’s seems very unlikely that any major reform will be accomplished this year. And despite today’s announcement that some younger undocumented immigrants will be granted immunity from deportations, comprehensive immigration reform will most likely be left waiting for the next president. Reforming immigration – both legal and illegal – has always been a divisive and thorny issue and is particularly acute now as the economy struggles to recover. What should be done with the estimated 11.5 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S.? Do we need more visas for highly-skilled workers? And who should immigration benefit?

As part of its “Fixing America” series, Need to Know’s Ray Suarez hosts a panel discussion on how to fix immigration reform. The panel includes: Eliseo Medina, International Secretary-Treasurer for the Service Employees International Union leading the union’s efforts on immigration reform; Rinku Sen, executive director of the Applied Research Center, a racial justice think tank and the publisher of the news site Colorlines; Linda Chavez, a former Reagan Administration official and chairman of the Center for Equal Opportunity, a conservative think tank devoted to issues of race and ethnicity; and Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, a research organization that advocates for lower levels of immigration.

Want more? Listen to the whole, unedited conversation here:

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