While some support President Trump’s most recent executive orders, there are others who say they are confused and fearful. In particular those impacted by the President’s actions pertaining to immigrants and refugees. The four month suspension of the US Refugee Program and the 90-day travel ban into the US from seven muslim-majority nations hit home in more ways than one for a former refugee now US citizen living in Rochester. For Akil Al-Jaysh, it was reading about the dream described by Martin Luther King Junior that gave him hope when he came to the US in 2001. But he fears that American Dream could be vanishing. 

We discuss the Trump administration's order on immigration by focusing on who is impacted, both locally and abroad. We try to answer our listeners' questions, and we discuss the possible results. Our guests:

  • Iman Abid, organizer for NYCLU
  • Mustafa Almansuri, translator for the U.S. Army who is originally from Iraq
  • Alma Omerhodzic, treasurer and board member for the Islamic Center of Rochester, and former Bosnian refugee
  • Mike Boucher, co-director of counseling and community work at St. Joseph’s Neighborhood Center

Wayne County Rep. John Katko (R-NY) delivered the weekly Republican Address on Saturday.

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Katko discusses the Obama administration’s failure to enforce a new visa waiver law—intended to keep Americans safe—in order to accommodate Iran.

“I am a former federal prosecutor, and I can tell you a law is only as good as how you enforce it,” said Rep. Katko. “This is not a time to start lowering our guard. And we should not put Iran’s feelings before America’s security interests.”

It's been a difficult year for immigrants. A leading presidential candidate said that some Mexicans are good people, but many are rapists and murderers and drug dealers. The candidates have discussed deporting millions, building walls, and more.

Author Cristina Henriquez has a father who immigrated from Panama, and her newest novel is called The Book of Unknown Americans. She's coming to Rochester on Wednesday, November 18 as part of the University of Rochester River Campus Libraries' Neilly Series. to talk about the book, and about the hardships that immigrant families face. First, she's on Connections. Our guests:

  • Cristina Henriquez, author of The Book of Unknown Americans
  • Katy Festa, library advancement program manager, University of Rochester River Campus Libraries

Donald Trump has been widely mocked – and, in some cases, cheered – for his comments about Mexicans and immigration. Apart from the content of Trump’s remarks, we’ll ask our expert panel: what do Americans misunderstand about immigration? About who is coming to this country, and why? We posed these questions to our panel:

  • Pablo Sierra, professor of history at the University of Rochester
  • Tricia Cruz, director of development and communications for the Ibero-American Action League
  • Hilda Chacon, professor of foreign language and literature at Nazareth College

What image comes to your mind when you hear the term "border patrol". In his new book, Border Patrol Nation, author Todd Miller shows that border patrol has spread to cities and states that you wouldn't expect, cities away from our international borders like Erie, Pennsylvania, and here in Rochester, NY. Why are they in these cities? Miller is on with us to discuss this and other topics from his book.

The immigration crisis in our nation has reached new heights. In the midst of the back-and-forth debate, we address some of the confusing elements of this issue and learn whether there could be a local impact.

We explore the complex issue of thousands of unaccompanied minors from Central American. The kids have been pouring over the border, and there are questions about their fate. My colleague Michelle Faust has been working extensively on this story and will join me to discuss this issue. Our guests for the hour include: Director of the Greater Rochester Coalition for Immigration Justice John Lory Ghertner, University of Rochester Associate Professor of Anthropology Daniel Reichman, and from Fronteras: The Changing America Desk, reporter Jude Joffe-Block.

A discussion about the NY DREAM Act that the State Senate defeated earlier this week. In studio to discuss are Dr. John Ghertner, Carly Fox and Amairani Pena.