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As the senate debates a bill that would dramatically overhaul U.S. immigration policies, one of the key issues to emerge is the preference the legislation would give to educated and skilled workers. On Reporter's Notebook, eleven years and counting - Burmese human rights activist An Sang Suu Khi faces yet another year of house arrest.

Sara Terry guest hosts.

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Frances Anderton
Christian Bordal
Katie Cooper
Dan Konecky
Vanessa Romo

Reporter's Notebook Aung San Suu Kyi Faces Another Year of House Arrest

When a silver gray Toyota with tinted windows pulled up in front of the home of Burmese Nobel Peace Prize Winner Aung San Suu Kyi today, no one expected good news. Officials of the military goverment had arrived to read out an extension of Su Khi's house arrest, which was scheduled to expire this Sunday. She now faces her fifth straight year of house arrest, and has in fact spent eleven of the past seventeen years confined to her home despite calls from leaders and organizations around the world for her release.

Justin Wintle, author, 'Perfect Hostage'

Main Topic Is the U.S. entering a new era in immigration?

Under the immigration bill now being debated in the U.S. Senate, skilled and educated workers will be given preference over family ties - a huge shift in an immigration policy that has long favored reuniting families. Is the change overdue?  Will the U.S. lose its competitive edge in global markets without these workers? Why isn't the U.S. producing enough high-skilled workers at home?

Tamar Jacoby, ImmigrationWorks USA (@tamarjacoby)
Robert Hoffman, VP for government and public affairs at Oracle and co-chair of Compete America
Demetrios Papademetriou, Migration Policy Institute (@MigrationPolicy)
Hans Johnson, Public Policy Institute of California (@PPICnotes)
Aman Kapoor, Founder and President of Immigration Voice

Making News Moqtada al-Sadr Delivers Sermon in Kufa

After months in hiding, Moqtada al-Sadr emerged in Iraq today to deliver a sermon to thousand of worshipers at a mosque in the southern city of Kufa. His speech was laced with his trademark anti-American rhetoric and his return comes at a time when there are growing signs that extremists in his militia have been disobeying orders to stand down from sectarian violence.

Ned Parker, Reuters News Service (@nedmparker1)


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