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Washington Journal for Thursday, January 10

Washington, DC
Thursday, January 10, 2013

Fawn Johnson, National Journal, Correspondent @fawnjohnson

Topic: Guest explains the latest political fights over immigration laws and policies, the existing law and how the Obama Administration.

On the Phone: Brian Lawson, Huntsville Times, Court Reporter @BrianLawson15

Topic:  The Alabama immigration law, passed in 2011, which allows local and state police in Alabama to inquire into immigration status during traffic stops, and bans  providing driver's and business licenses to illegal immigrants.   Also, businesses can be required to use a federal database to verify the immigration status of employees.  Other provisions of the law were blocked by federal courts. 

On the Phone: Jude Joffe-Block, KJZZ Phoenix, Fronteras Desk Reporter @judejoffeblock

Topic:  Guest shares the latest news from the U.S.-Mexico border and explain how Arizona’s controversial SB 1070 law is shaping up and how it’s being impacted by federal law. SB 1070 allows law enforcement officers to check the immigration status of people they detain. She also touches on how the law is impacting the Arizona economy and politics.

Daniel Stein, Federation for American Immigration Reform, President @FAIRImmigration & Clarissa Martinez De Castro, National Council of La Raza @NCLR

Topic: Current and proposed changes to obtaining U.S. citizenship and how the naturalization process works.  Topics include the Obama Administration’s 2012 policy on deferred deportation of “DREAMers” (people who came to the U.S. at a young age), the DREAM Act, visa and green card requirements, birthright citizenship and other procedures.

Ali Noorani, National Immigration Forum, Executive Director @ANoorani & Mark Krikorian, Center for Immigration Studies, Executive Director @MarkSKrikorian

Topic: The enforcement of existing federal and state immigration laws, including the deportation process, the cost of enforcement, workplace verification systems, provisions requiring law enforcement officers to verify a person’s immigration status, access to public benefits, payment of back taxes and background checks and proposed changes to current law.

Updated: Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 12:51pm (ET)

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