Podcasts

Citizenship Now! with Allan Wernick

Spitzer's License Showdown

October 17, 2007 | Citizenship Now! with Allan Wernick

Gov. Eliot Spitzer is standing firm on his decision to allow undocumented immigrants obtain New York driver’s licenses, facing down critics on both sides of the political aisle. Allan Wernick explains what this new policy could mean and answers about whether the Dream Act is still alive in the Senate.
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What's Left on the Table

October 2, 2007 | Citizenship Now! with Allan Wernick

Any hope for comprehensive immigration reform was dashed over the summer but there is still some legislation left on the Congressional table. Allan Wernick talks about the status of the Strive Act and AgJobs bill, and whether or not they have a shot at being passed. Prof. Wernick also predicts how much of a role immigration will play in the ongoing presidential campaign.
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Social Security Alert

September 24, 2007 | Citizenship Now! with Allan Wernick

The next crackdown: The Social Security Administration wants employers of immigrant workers who hold Social Security cards to ensure that these identifications are valid. Allan Wernick discusses the dire consequences for small businesses and employees if this proposed enforcement-which is currently being challenged in court-goes through.
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New Proposal for Green Card Holders

September 13, 2007 | Citizenship Now! with Allan Wernick

A new proposal by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services would require nearly 750,000 lawful permanent residents carrying “green cards” without expiration dates to replace their current cards. Allan Wernick explains the implications of this rule, which was announced in August, and how to apply for a new Permanent Resident Card, commonly known as a “green card.”
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More Time Needed for Immigration Bill

May 29, 2007 | Citizenship Now! with Allan Wernick

After intense bipartisan negotiations, lawmakers came up with an imperfect immigration reform bill that both parties agreed needed more time to work out. The minority of Senators who voted to take up the legislation said they did not support the bill in its current form, but hoped to improve it with amendments later on in the legislative session. Allan Wernick weighs in on this so-called compromise bill and whether or not it has a chance getting through the Senate.
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Call-in Breaks Record

May 4, 2007 | Citizenship Now! with Allan Wernick

The mood on the final day of the fifth annual CUNY/Daily News Citizenship Now! Call-in was celebratory as a record-number of callers were brought a step closer on their path to citizenship. Sofia Carreño, communications coordinator of the Citizenship and Immigration Project, said approximately 10,000 people had already phoned this week, with more expected on Friday, to receive free information regarding citizenship and immigration. Also, Allan Wernick reflects on the event’s success and how the project’s hard working staff and committed volunteers made it all happen.
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Mayor Bloomberg Gives Call-in Thumbs Up

May 2, 2007 | Citizenship Now! with Allan Wernick

Mayor Michael Bloomberg dropped by on the third day of the CUNY/Daily News Citizenship Now! Call-in and only had good words for the newest New Yorkers, referring to the city’s hardworking undocumented immigrants as “exactly the kinds of people we want.” Allan Wernick comments on the mayor’s visit and answers other questions along with Kymete Kodra-Gashi, special coordinator of the CUNY Citizenship and Immigration Project.
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Immigration Commish Visits Call-in

May 2, 2007 | Citizenship Now! with Allan Wernick

Accompanying Mayor Michael Bloomberg on a visit to the CUNY/Daily News Citizenship Now! Call-in, Guillermo Linares, Commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, talks about the importance of public/private partnerships such as these. As the first Dominican-American to hold public office in the United States (he was elected to the New York City Council in 1991), Commissioner Linares reflects on why this week-long effort has personal significance to him.
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CUNY/Daily News Citizenship Now! Call-in

April 30, 2007 | Citizenship Now! with Allan Wernick

Have a question about becoming a U.S. citizen? The fifth annual CUNY/Daily News Citizenship Now! Call-in kicks off today and hundreds of qualified lawyers and counselors will be on hand through May 5 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. to provide free information on citizenship, permanent residence and other questions important to immigrants. In this podcast, Allan Wernick gives 2007 call-in highlights: more Spanish-speaking counselors, more telephone lines and a new web site: www.cuny.edu/citizenshipnow. To reach a volunteer in English, 212 330-6505 or in Spanish, 212 330-6506.
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Bush at the Border

April 24, 2007 | Citizenship Now! with Allan Wernick

Addressing a group of Border Patrol agents in Arizona, President Bush announced that his tougher enforcement strategy had greatly decreased the number of undocumented immigrants along the Mexican border in the past six months. Allan Wernick explains these tighter security measures and also comments on the debate surrounding the issue of amnesty.
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