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With no compromise on Capitol Hill, illegal immigration remains a divisive issue in next month's elections, in border states and beyond.  Do voters want the President's guest worker program, 700 miles of fencing or both?  Where do minority voters stand?

Main Topic Immigration Looms Large in Midterm Elections 43 MIN, 1 SEC

Illegal immigration is one of the issues unresolved by the Republican White House and Congress.  So candidates all over the country are staking out their positions between guest-worker programs and sealing the border. That's taking a toll on the border itself. We hear how it sounds in Arizona and Ohio, whether it will bring Hispanic voters out to the polls and if African-Americans will vote to protect jobs now going to undocumented workers.  We'll also see what the uncertainty means for morale in the Border Patrol.

Guests:
Karen Tumulty, Washington Post (@ktumulty)
T.J. Bonner, President of the National Border Patrol Council
Robbie Sherwood, Political reporter for the Arizona Republic
Howard Wilkinson, Political reporter for the Cincinnati Enquirer
Robert Desposada, President of the Latino Coalition
Frank Morris, Chairman of Choose Black America

Making News Bush Takes Another Swing at Convincing Americans on Iraq 6 MIN, 5 SEC

President Bush says he knows Americans are not satisfied with the war in Iraq.  He says he’s not satisfied either, and that American forces are “shifting tactics” in order to win.  In a news conference today, he said that progress in Iraq will be measured by “benchmarks” adopted by President al Maliki. We hear about the political implications less than two weeks before the November elections.

Guests:
Jim Rutenberg, New York Times (@jimrutenberg)

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