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Sun Feb 24, 2013, 08:37 PM

Immigration Economics, Blaming, & Truth



(2/23) Immigration remains one of the most pivotal topics our nation faces, and how it is handled will shape the future of political parties, Americans, and prospective Americans worldwide. But with so many competing myths about immigration, it is easy to be confused about what the realities are. What is the history of immigration and Americans' attitudes toward newly-arrived immigrants? What level of scapegoating do immigrants face, and why are attitudes so all-over-the map and at times hypocritical toward them? Is there an economic status-quo that having "illegals" is dependent on, and what are the economic realities of the immigration system? Lastly, should immigrants assimilate? At what level have previous generations of immigrants assimilated already? We'll discuss all these questions and more on this episode of The Point.

Ana Kasparian (Host, The Point and Co-host of The Young Turks) lead this weeks panel to discuss these issues and more with Axel Caballero (Founder/ director of Cuentame), Ahilan Arulanatham (Deputy Legal Director, ACLU Southern California) and Wendy Carillo (Host, Knowledge is Power on KPWR "Power 106"). Special thanks to Immortal Technique, Professor Ben Powell, and Bill Santiago for sending in points.

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