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Your Call: Immigration policy -- Lessons from the past

Dorothea Lange in March 1942 (Library of Congress)
Japanese American Grocer in Oakland, California

On today's Your Call, we begin a weeklong series on the United States' immigration and refugee policies. Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration and his plans to deport millions of undocumented people, build the wall, and shut the border to tens of thousands of refugees, has become one of the pillars of his domestic agenda.

Looking back at the history of immigration, how has the United States treated its immigrants? What does history tell us?  


Kevin Johnson, Dean of the School of Law, Professor of Public Interest Law and Chicanao Studies at UC Davis, and author of Immigration Law and the US-Mexico Border 

Lucy Salyer, Associate Professor of History at the University of New Hampshire, and author of Laws Harsh as Tigers: Chinese Immigrants and the Shaping of Modern Immigration Law

Web Resources:

The Washington Post: Donald Trump meet Wong Kim Ark, the Chinese American cook who is the father of ‘birthright citizenship’

The Conversation: Trump’s immigration policies will pick up where Obama’s left off

The Conversation: History shows Trump will face legal challenges to detaining immigrants

Smithsonian : The Injustice of Japanese-American Internment Camps Resonates Strongly to This Day

LA Times: Watch Muslim kids read letters from Japanese internment camp survivors

Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular media roundtable guest in 2001. In 2019, the San Francisco Press Club named Your Call the best public affairs program. In 2017, The Nation named it the most valuable local radio show.