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The Immigration Saga: Reunification Is Not Easy And Due Process Has Become Hard

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Hundreds of activists protest the Trump administration's approach to illegal border crossings and separation of children from immigrant parents, in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, June 28, 2018.

Public outrage shamed the Trump administration into agreeing not to separate families at the border. Now a federal judge has put an end to most family separations and is calling for the families to be reunified. Since May, an estimated 2300 children have been taken away from their parents while trying to enter the country.

Heather Scavone is director of the Humanitarian Immigration Law Clinic at Elon University. She believes the hard part will be getting families back together. Scavone joins host Frank Stasio to talk about what happens to immigrant children when they are put into the system and what this process costs taxpayers. She will also spotlight the privatized companies who are reaping monetary benefits.

Joining the discussion is Jessica Yañez, an immigration lawyer in Greensboro who is concerned about due process. U.S. and international law gives immigrants the right to seek asylum in America, but many are being turned away and denied their day in court. Yañez talks about the abrupt changes in immigration law and argues that courts should be a neutral zone.

Scavone will co-present a forum on forced migration on Friday, August 24 at the Alumni House on the campus of the University of North Carolina-Greensboro. “Shifting Worlds: Displacement and Forced Migration in Modern Times” runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

Dana is an award-winning producer who began as a personality at Rock 92. Once she started creating content for morning shows, she developed a love for producing. Dana has written and produced for local and syndicated commercial radio for over a decade. WUNC is her debut into public radio and she’s excited to tell deeper, richer stories.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.
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