Audio: April’s “War on Immigrants Report” on WBAI
April 11, 2011
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HOSTED BY: Donald Anthonyson, Families for Freedom & Adem Carroll, Muslim Consultative Network
THIS WAR ON IMMIGRANTS REPORT COVERED:
The economics of detention. The impact of the Obama administration’s unfulfilled promises to push for immigration reform and the failure of the DREAM Act was made doubly cruel when the rate of deportations hit a record high, with nearly 400,000 people being deported in FY2010 alone. By almost any measure, the increased number of deportations of immigrants has been an incredible boon for the private prison industry. With DHS’s budget for FY2011 at $64 billion, we ask who is making the money on the backs of our people? To speak to this and other aspects of the private prison industry, tonight we will be speaking with Daniel Carrillio from Enlace, a strategic alliance of low-wage worker centers, unions, and community organizations in Mexico and in the U.S. We will also be speaking with Alix Nguefack from American Friends Service Committee about plans to build an enormous new detention facility in New Jersey. We will explore the movement responses to the detention issue and the way forward.
Is Islamophobia, the new McCarthyism? This Friday, the New York Senate Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs will hold the all day hearing at its office in New York City entitled “Reviewing our Preparedness: An Examination of New York’s Public Protection Ten Years After September 11.” Scheduled speakers include the controversial Nonie Darwish, Ed Kowalski, and Frank Gaffney and Rep. Peter King (R-NY) who recently chaired Congressional Hearings of a similar nature. What is behind this mainstreaming of xenophobia? Immigrant Rights activist Betsy Palmieri of the Mid Hudson Coalition is calling on her own State Senator Greg Ball to stop demonizing immigrants in the name of security. Senator Ball represents a Westchester district with changing demographics but instead of embracing change he is promoting fear. As a guest on the show she will be joined by Hussein Rashid, working with Religion Dispatches, who will discuss the professionalization of Islamophobia that can been seen through these hearings.