This Week on Between The Lines

Posted July 9, 2014 for week ending July 18, 2014


"We don't do well as a country, we have not done well as a country when we act out of fear. I think we need to find a way to receive the people who are coming here that's consistent with American values at the same time we take a comprehensive approach to resolving this situation."

– Jeanne Atkinson, executive director of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, on the urgent need for immigration reform

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Flood of Immigrant Children at U.S. Border Demands Action to Reform Failed Immigration Policies

MP3 Interview with Jeanne Atkinson, executive director of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, conducted by Scott Harris


In recent weeks, the large number of unaccompanied children from Central America crossing the U.S.-Mexican border has captured headlines and prompted a renewed national debate on immigration reform. The surge also set off an ugly anti-immigration protest on July 1 that blocked three government buses transporting 140 immigrant children and their mothers to a border patrol station in Murietta, California.  Story continues

In Further Erosion of Union Rights, Supreme Court Rules Home Care Workers Don’t Have to Pay Union Dues

MP3 Interview with Kenneth Margolies, a senior associate at the Worker Institute at Cornell University, conducted by Melinda Tuhus


The Supreme Court’s ruling in Harris v Quinn, an important labor rights case on June 30, was understandably overshadowed by the justice’s controversial Hobby Lobby decision that allowed privately held for-profit companies the right to deny birth control coverage to their employees, based on an employers' religious beliefs.  Story continues

In Iraq U.S. Must Pursue Diplomacy, Not Further Military Intervention

MP3 Interview with Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor and publisher of The Nation, conducted by Scott Harris


Since June fighters with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, have captured dozens of cities and towns in northern and Western Iraq in addition to territory the group has seized inside Syria. The leader of the extremist Sunni group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, has announced his intention to form a caliphate, or Islamic state, spanning both Iraq and Syria -- and demanded that all Muslims pledge allegiance to him.  Story continues

This week’s summary of under-reported news

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Compiled by Bob Nixon


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