Peter Schrag and Tyche Hendricks on Immigration

Peter Schrag, author of Not Fit for Our Society, and Tyche Hendricks, author of The Wind Doesn’t Need a Passport, were guests on KQED’s Forum yesterday. They discussed immigration with fellow guest Bill Ong Hing and host Michael Krasny.

Describing her experiences traveling in the US-Mexico borderlands, Hendricks found that the border is a bi-national region rather than a dividing line, and problems like drug violence and illegal immigration are also bi-national. “[I]t really behooves us to understand this region where we come together”, she said.

Schrag looked at the history of immigration debate in America, and noted that while the definitions of legal and illegal immigration have changed over time, the debate itself is not much different than it was 100 years ago.