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May 18 -- Immigration: Can We Live Without It?

The League of Women Voters Downeast in cooperation with WERU FM produces a monthly radio program on topics in participatory democracy. It's called the Democracy Forum.

Broadcasts may be heard live from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. on the third Friday of the month at WERU Community Radio, 89.9 FM Blue Hill, 99.9 FM Bangor. Listen live on the Web at WERU FM.

Here is information about our upcoming broadcast.

May 18 -- Immigration: Can We Live Without It?

Immigration is not just a link to America's past; it's also a bridge to America's future. -- George W. Bush

We'll talk about immigration and jobs, federal policy, and its effect on economic development and workforce in Maine. We'll take listener calls during the second half of the show.

In case you missed it live, you can listen to this show from the archive at weru.org.

Special Guests:

  • Dany Bahar, David M. Rubenstein Fellow in the Global Economy and Development program at the Brookings Institution
  • Carla Dickstein, Senior Vice President for Research and Policy Development at the Coastal Enterprise Institute
  • Martha Searchfield, Executive Director of the Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce.

Key Topics:

  • What are the dimensions of legal and illegal immigration?
  • What has been the net effect of immigration on the U.S. economy?
  • What are the recent changes in federal policy, and what are the likely impacts of these changes?
  • What has been the net effect of immigration on Maine? How are the recent trends affecting Maine?
  • What do we expect for the months ahead?
  • What would be a "strong" immigration policy from Maine's perspective?
  • What do voters need to know?

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Read about and listen to past programs from the League archive.

Recent Topics in this Series

April
RANKED CHOICE VOTING: How Will It Work in Maine?

March
GERRYMANDERING: What's the Big Deal?

February
PRIMARY ELECTIONS: What Are They Good For?

November
TEN MONTHS IN: Taking Stock in Maine

October
POLITICAL PARTIES: Do They Still Matter?

September
CENSUS 2020: Making Sense of the Census

July
CIVIL DISCOURSE: Can We Do It?

June
JOBS IN MAINE: What's the Future?

May
FREE TRADE: Winners & Losers in Maine

Read about and listen to past programs from the League archive.