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Arizona's Law, America's Dilemma

Hispanics speak on the Arizona immigration law. We’ll hear Hispanic voices and your calls, on borders, profiling, and America.

Many holding signs against Arizona's immigration law at a reform rally by the White House, on May 1, 2010. (AP)

Mexican food and music in the White House Rose Garden yesterday for Cinco de Mayo. 

But the immigration issue is no picnic. And the uproar over Arizona’s tough new law on immigration stops and checks has echoed all over the country. 

A New York Times/CBS poll out this week finds 51 percent of Americans say Arizona’s got it “about right.”

Two week’s ago, we heard from one of the Arizona bill’s chief sponsors.  Today, we hear Latino voices. 

This Hour, On Point: a Mexican-American roundtable on borders, profiling, immigration, and the future of this country.

Guests:

Maria Hinojosa, journalist, author, and host of NPR’s Latino USA. She has reported for the PBS newsmagazine NOW and has been a correspondent for CNN. She was born in Mexico City and lives in New York.

Richard Rodriguez, journalist and author whose works include Brown: The Last Discovery of America, Days of Obligation: An Argument With My Mexican Father, and Hunger of Memory. He’s an editor at New America Media, and he’s contributed to Slate and the PBS “News Hour.” He was born into a Mexican immigrant family in California and lives in San Francisco.

Jeff Valdez, co-founder and chairman of Si TV, which focuses on programming for young Latinos. He has served as the co-chairman of Maya Entertainment, a film company, and he helped form Sandbox Entertainment.

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Alan Gross, waves as he and his wife Judy leave following his statement at his lawyer's office in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. Gross was released from Cuba after 5 years in a Cuban prison. (AP)

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This handout photo from the Twitter account of Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz. shows Alan Gross arriving at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. The US and Cuba have agreed to re-establish diplomatic relations and open economic and travel ties, marking a historic shift in U.S. policy toward the communist island after a half-century of enmity dating back to the Cold War, American officials said Wednesday. (AP)

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