- As a part of WASHINGTON WEEK Election 2012, Arizona Public Media and KPBS San Diego will host a Town Hall on Friday, June 29, 2012 at 5:45pm PDT on AZPM.org.
Gwen Ifill from Washington Week will be joined live in the Tucson Studios by AZPM Host Andrea Kelly. The numbers of illegal border crossers has risen steadily in the past two decades as crackdowns in California and Texas squeezed immigrants into the Arizona desert. That’s created a political backlash in this state, resulting in laws like SB1070 that now make it more difficult for illegal immigrants to live here. The 2010 census showed that Arizona’s Latino population has grown nearly 42% in the last decade. Join us online to discuss these issues and how they may affect the vote in the upcoming elections. The program will also be shown on the World channel (broadcast 27-3, Comcast 203, Cox 83) on Sunday, July 1at 4 p.m. Click here for a link for the streaming page.
In Tucson, Andrea Kelly will be joined by the following AZPM guests:
Leticia de la Vara – Leticia directs ONE ARIZONA, a coalition of 10 non-profit, non-partisan organizations across the state that came together after SB 1070 to turn out the Latino vote. An alumna of multiple leadership institutes, Leticia works for equality in housing, education and political engagement in Arizona’s low-income and Latino communities.
Larry Dever – Larry serves as sheriff of Cochise County in rural southeastern Arizona, with an expanse of 83 1/2 miles of the U.S. border with Mexico. He has testified before Congress many times on immigration and border issues.
Gary Thrasher – Gary is a Cochise County rancher and veterinarian serving rural residents on both sides of the border.
Bruce Bracker – Bruce owns Bracker’s Department Store in Nogales, Ariz. He represents the third generation of family members to run the store and depends on visitors from south of the border for more than 80 percent of his business.
In San Diego the KPBS Host will be Amita Sharma, Investigative Reporter joined by the following KPBS Guests:
David Flores – An architect/community planner with Casa Familia in San Diego, David is working with U.S. government agencies including the Border Patrol and the EPA to try ensuring that the expansion to the world’s busiest border crossing does not harm the health of the largely immigrant neighborhood that hosts it.
Jose Mondragón – A student and DREAM Act supporter, Jose is a graduate of the University of California Santa Cruz and soon to be a graduate student at New York University. He is an undocumented immigrant.
Peter Nuñez – A professor, Peter is former U.S. Attorney for San Diego. He teaches at the University of San Diego and is board president of the Center for Immigration Studies, which advocates stricter border enforcement.
Yvonne Purdy-Luxton –Yvonne is a member of the Community Emergency Response Team, a neighborhood watch-like organization in rural eastern San Diego County near the U.S.-Mexico border that in many ways is the eyes and ears for enforcement officials there.
With the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Arizona’s SB 1070 law, this is a very current topic, and of interest to many of our readers and AZPM’s viewers. I heard Gwen Ifill speak in person about how she got into broadcasting a few years ago at the University of AZ Crowder Hall, and she is an inspiring journalist.