immigrant

Recorded on: February 12th. 2016
Air Date: February 15th. 2016

Guest Speakers: Christopher Chavez, Assistant Professor, U of O School of Journalism and Communication; Ricardo Valencia, UO School of Journalism; Aleah Kiley, UO School of Journalism; Julie Weise, UO College of Arts and Science

Christopher Chavez moderates a panel discussing the role of immigrants in society and how the media portrays them.

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Oregon farmers say they are having difficulty putting laborers to work because many of them can't get drive legally. Voters could approve a law in November to help with that. Oregon Ballot Measure 88 would create a four year drivers card for those who meet other qualifications other than proof of legal presence in the U.S. Opponents are worried access to drivers cards' will enable drug trafficking and encourage illegal immigration. Oregon Farm Bureau President Barry Bushue disagrees and supports Measure 88.

Lane County

After a court decision earlier this month, Lane County has changed its policy on holding inmates at the request of federal immigration officials.
 

According to US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, requests to hold, or detainers, are used to “identify and ultimately remove criminal aliens” that were taken into local custody.  ICE asks for holds up to 48 hours. This policy has been widely criticized by immigrant rights groups.