LIRS and our partners are taking the message of welcome and justice to the airwaves this week!
WYPR, the NPR affiliate serving Baltimore and Maryland, on Tuesday hosted LIRS’s own Linda Hartke and Nora Skelly, as well as our partners Amy Gottlieb (executive director of the at the American Friends Service Committee in Newark, NJ) and Carol Fouke-Mpoyo (chair of The Riverside Church Sojourners Immigration Detention Visitor Project).
The guests were able to weave in a huge number of important facts for the public radio audience, including the cost of immigration detention to the taxpayer, the wrenching story of an asylum-seeker who arrived in America only to be shackled and escorted to prison, the real opportunity the DREAM Act presents for Maryland voters, and the implications of the upcoming Supreme Court decision on Arizona’s SB 1070.
We’re excited by this vibrant conversation with Midday host Dan Rodricks, who is also a Baltimore Sun columnist. Please check out the podcast at “Midday Politics – Immigration Detention” to hear how LIRS and our allies are bringing the message of welcome, justice, and human rights to an ever-widening audience.
It’s important to note that Amy Gottlieb and Carol Fouke-Mpoyo are in Baltimore for the conference “Unlocking Liberty, Restoring Dignity: Standing with Individuals Impacted by Immigration Detention”. We’re grateful for the expertise and perspectives they’ve shared at the conference and on the talk show!