The White House on Secure Communities and Deportations

Last year more than 400,000 immigrants were deported from the U.S. – a record number. Many were apprehended under a controversial program known as Secure Communities – a deportation program designed to go after violent criminal aliens. Yet, many non-criminals have been apprehended because of it. Now, the Obama administration announced it would review all pending immigration cases and would prioritize the deportations of undocumented violent offenders over undocumented immigrant workers. María Hinojosa discusses the issue with Luis Miranda, Director of Hispanic Media at the White House.

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Conservatives for Immigration Reform

While Secure Communities has its critics, there are many Conservatives who see strong immigration enforcement as a prerequisite for any immigration reform. Many have been supportive of the President’s tough policies believing they’ll lead to comprehensive immigration reform. Maria Hinojosa talks to conservatives, Samuel Rodriguez, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference President, and Mark Shurtleff, Utah’s Attorney General, about the immigration debate.

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Cuban Rhapsody

Cuba is a place where people and cultures from around the world mix and collide. In the 19th and 20th centuries, those diverse influences were reflected in its music, blending classical European music with African rhythms and even early jazz. Musical styles like the danzon, the son, and contradanza were popular in Cuba and around the world during those periods. Now, master musicians Jane Bunnett and Hilario Duran have taken those Cuban classics and blended the music in a unique style on their new album, Cuban Rhapsody. Maria Hinojosa sat down with Jane and Hilario to talk about the inspiration behind their latest work.

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