Is Illegal Immigration a Burden or a Blessing?

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The President's latest proposal for immigration reform now includes stepped up border security and tamper-proof ID cards for guest workers.  But the road to legal status and citizenship for illegal immigrants still bothers members of both parties--especially Republicans.  With immigration reform seemingly stalled this year on Capitol Hill, cities and towns around the country are finding their own ways of dealing with newcomers.  We hear about "zero tolerance," with fines for employers and landlords of undocumented workers, and about places revitalized by illegal immigrants, who are opening stores, paying taxes and cooperating with local police.

Credits

Guests:
Lou Barletta - Mayor of Hazelton, Pennsylvania, Robert Patten - Mayor of Hightstown, New Jersey, Terry Ross - Editor, Yuma Sun, Gillian Gaynair - Reporter for the Virginian Pilot, Elizabeth Fussell - Assistant Professor of Sociology at Tulane University, Shannon O'Neil - Council on Foreign Relations - @shannonkoneil

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Dan Konecky, Karen Radziner, Katie Cooper