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Is Immigration Good For The US Economy?

John Dankosky interviews Mushfiq Mobarak at a live Arts and Ideas Panel. Photo by Judy Rosenthal

One of the biggest political debates about immigration is that it hurts the chances of American-born workers to succeed and damages the U.S. economy. But in New England, where the population is rapidly aging and the young replacement workers needed to sustain the workforce are leaving, immigration might be the answer. In this special live NEXT event we discussed whether or not immigration is good for the regional and national economy. 

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DeLauro, Esty, Yale Psychologists: Reunite Immigrant Children And Families Now

A young migrant family waits for the arrangements for their bus at Catholic Charities in McAllen, TX. Photo by Jesse Costa for WBUR

Members of Connecticut’s congressional delegation, including Representatives Rosa DeLauro, Elizabeth Esty, Jim Himes and Joe Courtney, and Senator Richard Blumenthal, spent the weekend visiting immigrant detention centers in McAllen and Port Isabel, Texas. Congresswomen DeLauro and Esty shared what they saw with psychologists at the Yale Child Study Center on Monday.

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While Immigration Policies Are Defined, Many Families Along The Southern Border Can Only Wait

A three-year-old from Honduras peers through a fence at the U.S. - Mexico border while her family waits to apply for asylum. Photo by Jesse Costa for WBUR

Brownsville, Texas, lies along the Rio Grande and the border of Mexico, nearly 2,000 miles from New England. Still, Democratic members of Congress from Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine and New Hampshire all traveled to the border city this weekend. They said their offices were being flooded with phone calls from constituents, distraught over reports of migrant children separated from families.

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50 Years Later, A Look Back At Robert Kennedy’s Message Of Hope

Robert F Kennedy's Headstone at Arlington National Cemetery. Photo by Tim Evanson, Flickr

Earlier that same year — 1968 — the Vietnam war was raging, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated, race riots were erupting and Cesar Chavez, a leader for migrant farm workers, went on a hunger strike. Kennedy, then U.S. senator from New York and former U.S. attorney general, brought a message of tolerance and hope to the striking workers in California.

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50 Years Later: Archives Reignite Conspiracy Theories On Robert F. Kennedy’s Assassination

The index of the Robert F. Kennedy Assassination Archives Collection, created by Philip Melanson. Photo by Jon Kalish for the NENC

This week is the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Robert F.Kennedy. While the controversy and conspiracy theories surrounding the assassination of his brother John F. Kennedy are well known, the death of Robert Kennedy is far less familiar to the public. A political science professor at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth created an archive devoted to RFK’s assassination that has been a valuable resource for those looking into alternate theories about the murder.

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