Mar 10 2014
The states of Massachusetts and Florida are attempting to pass laws allowing undocumented immigrants to obtain legal drivers’ licenses.* They are following in the footsteps of California, which passed such a law last year.
While public opinion seems to be more sympathetic toward undocumented immigrants, there are still plenty of people who simply want immigrants to “go home.” A new poll by Pew Research center finds that while 45% of Americans think deportations of undocumented immigrants is a bad thing, an equal number thinks it is a good thing. Under the Obama administration, 2 million undocumented immigrants have been deported.
A group of young immigrants called the National Immigrant Youth Alliance has, since last year, carried out a campaign called “Bring Them Home,” where they physically challenge US border laws by helping deported immigrants re-enter a place they consider home. While some of the border crossers have been detained, others are now in asylum proceedings.
Today, they are carrying out their third major action. Over one hundred families who have been deported will be requesting asylum in the U.S. as they attempt to reenter the country from the San Diego border.
GUESTS: Edgar Torres lived in the US for 13 years. He has been back in Mexico since 2010 and is now attempting to cross back into the US, Cynthia Marroquin, national organizer with the National Immigrant Youth Alliance.
*ERRATUM: We incorrectly referred to the “state of Boston” in the original program and apologize for the error.