Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Guadalupe in New York, immigration laws in Arizona

Dominique Haller

Yesterday's show was initially conceived as a more general look at how Mexican immigrants in New York rely on the image of the Virgin of Guadalupe to fight for their rights as immigrants and as laborers. But with Arizona's new immigration law, which was signed by Arizona Governor Jan Brewer last Friday and was openly criticized by President Obama, we had a great opportunity to widen the discussion and talk about the challenges that we face regarding the regulation of undocumented immigrants coming through the Mexican-American border.

Our guest Alyshia Gálvez, Assistant Professor of Latin American and Puerto Rican Studies at Lehman College in New York City, did a great job of connecting the real life experience of undocumented immigrants with the challenges U.S. policy makers face.

Jean with our guest Alyshia Gálvez. Photo by Catherine Reiland.

What do you think about the Arizona bill? Are you aware of the struggles of immigrants today? How could the challenges on both sides of the borders be met in a constructive way?

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