Posted on October 01, 2010 in Viewpoint with James Zogby

Frank Sharry, Founder and Executive Director of America's Voice, discussed the current status of immigration reform in the US. Sharry explained the issues around many proposed pieces of legislation, including the debated DREAM Act which would grant citizenship to the children of illegal immigrants. Sharry answered many questions from viewers concerned with several issues related to immigration, including job security for American citizens. “I think if you're interested in an orderly system that protects American workers and taxpayers and restores the rule of law, comprehensive immigration reform that combines tough enforcement with a humane legal system is the solution,” he said.

Greg Nojeim, Senior Counsel at the Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) and the Director of its Project on Freedom, Security & Technology, discussed the Obama Administration’s efforts to increase the ability for certain alaw enforcement agencies to monitor internet use. Nojeim also described what is already being practiced by law enforcement and security agencies in terms of monitoring the internet. Nojeim also described this issue as potentially damaging for innovation, “Some of the greatest applications have been built in a dorm room or in a garage. Now a new mandate is going to fall on these innovators.”  

A Washington correspondent for Al-Hayat, discussed a wide range of Middle East Issues, including the Israeli-Palestinian Peace process, the situation in Lebanon, Iraq and Syria.