Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Patt Morrison for Thursday, September 2, 2010


Thursday, September 2, 2010

1-3 p.m.





1:06 – 1:39




1:41 – 1:58:30

Conversations with California’s congressmen and women – Rep. Tom McClintock

As members of Congress get ready to go back to DC after their recess ends in early September, they're preparing to deal with a number of issues. Among them are the unprecedented rate of unemployment, the continuing economic downturn, and environmental issues. To top it all, mid-term elections are rapidly approaching, elections which could make or break the Democrats’ House majority. In the next few weeks, Patt talks with House representatives in a short series. Representative Tom McClintock discusses midterms, the economy, unemployment and California’s natural resources.


Guest: Rep. Tom McClintock, (R-CA’s 4th District) member of the Subcommittees on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education and on Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions under the Committee on Education and Labor; member of the subcommittees on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands and on Water and Power under the Natural Resources Committee



2:06 – 2:39

The road to citizenship:  how to become a U.S. citizen

The flow of illegal immigration into the U.S. has slowed sharply since 2007, bringing down the estimated total number of undocumented residents to 11 million.  Even with the declining numbers, that leaves a lot of people in the country who, ostensibly, would like to be here permanently and legally.  How does one become a U.S. citizen—how long does it take, how expensive is the process, and how can an immigrant of simple means and limited experience navigate a complicated legal system?  Research shows that immigrants to the U.S., whether legal or illegal, are a motivated group—the rate of citizenship among immigrants great from below 10% in 1990 to 56% by 2008, a substantial achievement given the constraints of the federal citizenship law.  So how is it done, and could 11 million undocumented residents of the U.S. all one day become citizens?



Angelo Paparelli, partner in the Immigration Practice Group of Seyfarth Shaw LLP


  • Paparelli is a Certified Immigration Law Specialist in California; aside from representing people who want to gain legal residency in the U.S. he also serves as an expert witness and consultant on immigration issues arising in litigation.
  • Paparelli writes a regular blog on immigration issues at 


Yvonne Mariajiminez, Deputy Director of Neighborhood Legal Services, which provides legal representation for low-income people on immigration matters.


  • NLS holds monthly citizenship clinics in its Pacoima office.
  • Assists immigrants with language and cultural barriers, helps find financial resources for those without funds, provides  information on the rules and processes of immigration and citizenship. 
  • Works with the state, local and federal agencies to stop unscrupulous “notarios,” or immigration consultants, who are taking advantage of immigrants. 




2:41 – 2:58:30




Jonathan Serviss

Producer, Patt Morrison Program

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