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Línea Abierta : Immigration Reform: Private Prisons.

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59:06 minutes (54.12 MB)

Immigration Reform: Private Prisons. A commission of current and formerly undocumented leaders sent formal recommendations to President Obama on steps his administration can take to expand relief programs and reduce the harm of current deportation practices. Meantime, people with relatives in detention are fasting in front of the White House and immigrant detainees in a month-long hunger strike and their supporters in Washington State draw attention to investments on private prison companies. An analyst gives an overview of how immigration centers work, the political influence of the companies that manage the prison system and the "bed mandate" law.

Línea Abierta : Obamacare Enrollment: Closing Time.

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59:05 minutes (54.12 MB)

Obamacare Enrollment: Closing Time. As consumers who had problems signing up for health insurance in the marketplace got extra time to apply, the system experienced a new surge in enrollments and the number of people getting enrolled continues to grow. On the eve of the critical deadline, a national expert informs the audience of the deadline, which in most parts of the country would be April 15 and there is no chance for another extension. Those individuals whose paperwork is pending government approval would get more time, but on a case by case basis.

Guest: Sinsi Hernández-Cancio, Director of Health Equity, Families USA, Washington, DC,

Línea Abierta : Mexico Edition.

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59:06 minutes (54.12 MB)

Mexico Edition: Host Martha Elena Ramírez gives an analysis, on how several farm worker organizations marched and demanded a revision to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), and they are questioning the new agriculture reform announced by the federal government which offers no details on how the reform is going to work. The National Confederation of Corn Producers (CNPM), accused the Mexican government of allowing the import of contaminated produce such us rice into the country, which endangers the stability of crops. All of this takes place on the 95th anniversary of the death of General Emiliano Zapata, Mexican revolutionary hero who fought for land rights on behalf of peasants. Also in this edition, are the statements of journalist Mario Alberto Segura, who was kidnapped and forced to take down his webpage; the webpage alerted the community of crime, kidnappings and executions happening in the state of Tamaulipas. This edition is broadcast from Mexico City.

Línea Abierta : Extra Time to Enroll.

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59:06 minutes (54.11 MB)

Extra Time to Enroll. The Obama administration allowed extra time to enroll in the insurance market for those who were standing in line at the time open enrollment ended March 31. In these extra days, the number of people who have signed up rose to more than 7.5 million. Still, consumers continue facing technical glitches and long lines. Experts advise listeners to seek help from certified conuselors to make sure the enrollment is finish on-time to avoid paying any penalties.

Guests: Lizelda Lopez, Spokesperson Covered California, Sacramento, CA, ; Michelle LaRue, Senior Manager of Health and Human Services for CASA de Maryland, Silver Spring, MD,

Línea Abierta : The Battle to Raise Minimum Wage.

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59:06 minutes (54.12 MB)

The Battle to Raise Minimum Wage. With corporate profits at a record high and the value of wages substantially falling, President Obama calls for a raise in the federal minimum wage. Thirty states are considering legislation to raise the minimum wage. Leading Democrats introduced a bill in the Senate to hike the minimum wage, which is opposed by congressional Republicans and some conservative Democrats. In addition to hailing the salary-rise proposals as a positive step, experts comment about President Obama's executive measures that allow women to get equal pay for equal jobs.

Línea Abierta : Immigration Reform: Widespread Action.

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59:07 minutes (54.13 MB)

Immigration Reform: Widespread Action. As Congress prepares to an April recess and meet with constituents, grassroots groups escalate actions in their call for immigration reform and deportation relief. An analyst gives a view on what would happen if Congress doesn't act on immigration reform, what administrative actions could take President Obama. Also, how the standstill of the immigration reform can affect both political parties, Democrats and Republicans in the upcoming elections. An expert also provides practical advice to those applying for residence or citizenship.

Guests: Larry Kleinman, Executive Committee Member, Fair Immigration Reform Movement – FIRM, Washington, DC,; Rosalba Piña, Immigration Attorney, Chicago, IL,

Línea Abierta : Campaign Finance Ruling.

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59:06 minutes (54.12 MB)

Campaign Finance Ruling. The U.S. Supreme Court struck down the cap on the total amount of money wealthy donors can give to candidates and political committees. This could lead to a flood of new money into U.S. politics. According to experts and listeners, such change damages our democracy, gives the wealthy increased political influence and opens the doors to corruption. There were calls to counterbalance this decision by overcoming low voter registration rates and getting engaged as voters.

Guests: Cruz Reynoso, Civil Rights Lawyer, Professor of Law Emeritus at UC Davis, Former California Supreme Court Justice, Davis, CA; Antonio González, President, Southwest Voter Registration and Education Project, President, William C. Velasquez Institute, Los Angeles, CA, ; Luis J. Rodriguez, Author, Poet and Activist, Candidate for Governor of California, Los Angeles, CA,

Línea Abierta : Mexico Edition.


59:06 minutes (54.12 MB)

Mexico Edition: The Northwest's Hydraulic Plan (PLHINO), which would inter-connect several rivers and build dams, would help put an end to conflicts about water, boost agriculture in the states of Sinaloa, Nayarit, Sonora and Baja California, and allow Mexico to regain food self-sufficiency, according to its architect Manuel Frias Alcaraz. He says the plan will bring over one million jobs to the area and provide electric power. The estimated cost of the project is comparable to Mexico's spending for the import of foods. Martha Elena Ramírez hosts this edition from Mexico City.

Guest: Manuel Frías Alcaraz, Civil Engineer, Founder of “Proyecto de País Tercer Milenio.”

Línea Abierta : Health Insurance Enrollment: Extra Time.


59:06 minutes (54.12 MB)

Health Insurance Enrollment: Extra Time. ACA’s enrollment period closes with more than six million people signing up in the new insurance exchanges. High traffic and technical glitches kept many from completing the enrollment forms on time. Those consumers have now more time and may be able to finish their ACA application. This edition includes sections of the statement made by President Obama on ACA. Officials and experts give details about this special enrollment period.

Guests: President Barack Obama, The White House, (pre-taped); Mayra Alvarez, Director of Public Health Policy, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC, ; Nancy M. Gomez, Health Access Southern California Program Director, Los Angeles, CA,

Línea Abierta : Cops Arrested in Impounding Scam.


59:07 minutes (54.12 MB)

Cops Arrested in Impounding Scam. Nearly a half of the police force in a small California town was arrested, accused of taking part in a car theft scheme. King City’s police chief and other officers face charges of impounding and profiting from more than 200 cars belonging to poor Latino immigrant families. According to the prosecution, those targeted were undocumented field workers. Community leaders propose immediate changes in the city, like a citizen advisory board, restrictions to police practices, and a probe at state and federal level.

Guests: Salvador Manrique and Rufina Reséndiz, victims of impounding, King City, CA; Carlos Ramos, Director District 12, League of United Latin American Citizens, Salinas, CA, ; Simón Salinas, District 3 Supervisor, Monterey County, Salinas, CA.

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