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Border Stories: On the Frontlines of the Immigration Debate (encore edition)


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We are not criminals. Source: National Immigrant Solidarity Network

"We are not criminals." Source: National Immigrant Solidarity Network

Immigration reform is the hot button issue in the U.S. Talk to your colleagues, friends or family, about it, and you’re certain to spark a debate about what should be done with the 12 million undocumented people working and living in this country.

In fact, the U.S. Congress remains deadlocked over the issue, each side unable to hammer out a compromise that makes sense. So why is there so much debate?

On this edition, people who’ve risked their lives to enter the U.S. undocumented share their personal stories of why they came, and what they hope for their futures and the future of immigrants in this country.


Alicia and Yvette, sisters and Mexican immigrants from Oaxaca; Geoffrey Boyce and Waffle, volunteers, No More Deaths; Debbie Weingarten, volunteer coordinator, No More Deaths; Delmy, Mexican immigrant from Yucatan; Gustavo Soto, U.S. Border Patrol’s Tucson Sector; Francisco Geronimo, Mexican immigrant from Puebla; Michelle, Brazilian immigrant; Assie Sampa, Cuban immigrant; Blanca Lopez, Nicaraguan immigrant; Elka Goodin, Jamaican immigrant; Ramon Martinez, Cuban refugee now U.S. citizen; Marleine Bastien, founder/executive director, FANM Ayisyen Nan Miyami Inc. (Haitian Women of Miami); Katiana Des Arnes, student.

Senior Producer/Host: Tena Rubio.
Making Contact Intern Producer: Stefana Petrova. Contributing Producers: Nancy Hand, Esther Manilla.

For more information:

National Network for Immigrant & Refugee Rights (NNIRR) – Oakland, CA

Coalition for Humane Immigration Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA) – Los Angeles, CA

ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project – New York, NY

Institute for Policy Studies – Washington, DC

No More Deaths – Tucson AZ

FANM Ayisyen Nan Miyami Inc./ Haitian Women of Miami – Miami, FL

Human Rights Watch – New York, NY

National Immigrant Solidarity Network

Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA) – Los Angeles, CA

Author: Radio Project

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