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President Bush has embraced yesterday’s bi-partisan compromise on immigration reform. It appeals to both the Right and the Left as a way to secure America’s borders and to to bring 12 million people out of the shadows. However, there's opposition from both ends of the political spectrum. Also, Paul Wolfowitz’s forced resignation: how big a slap is it to the United States?
Main Topic The Immigration Bill 28 MIN, 56 SEC
Massachusetts Democrat Ted Kennedy and Arizona Republican John Kyl are as far apart as it gets on the US Senate’s political spectrum, but they’ve both signed off on what President Bush calls “comprehensive immigration reform.” Can immigration reform succeed in the midst of the presidential primary campaigns? We’ll hear support and opposition from both ends of the political spectrum.

Guests:
Michael Sandler, Staff writer for Congressional Quarterly
William Frey, Brookings Institution
John Trasvina, President and General Counsel of MALDEF
Ira Mehlman, Federation for American Immigration Reform (@FAIRImmigration)

Reporter's Notebook The Wolfowitz Resignation 14 MIN, 2 SEC
The flap over Paul Wolfowitz has raised the political profile of the World Bank in a way that appears to have damaged the institution itself as well as Wolfowitz’s reputation. The wording of departure statements allowed both sides to save face, but the forced resignation puts President Bush in an awkward position as he exercises the US option to choose a successor.

Guests:
Steven Weisman, Chief International Economics writer for The New York Times
Charles Hill, Diplomat in Residence and Lecturer in International Studies at Yale University
Josef Joffe, Die Zeit (@DieZeit)

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