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Immigration Reform in Louisiana (2010)

Louisiana Public Square



Genre: Panel

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2010-10-27

Duration: 00:57:33

Subjects: Filmed panel discussions | Immigration | Illegal Aliens | Employment


  • Courtney, Beth Host
  • Sanford, Shauna Host
  • Godoy, Al Producer
  • Gautreaux, Kevin Producer
  • Brewer, Jan Speaker
  • Obama, Barack Speaker
  • Harrison, Joe Interviewee
  • Gasparian, Kathleen Interviewee
  • Singer, Audrey Interviewee
  • Liuzza, Elizabeth Interviewee
  • Diaz, Lucas Interviewee
  • Newton-Verhaagen, Regina Speaker
  • Williams, Kevin Speaker
  • Tran, Dennis Speaker
  • Heitz, Joseph Speaker
  • Abraham, Julie Speaker
  • Anton, Harley Speaker
  • Douglas, Adell Speaker
  • Kling, Al Speaker
  • Caldero, Carlos Speaker
  • Carter, Gloria Speaker
  • Burks, Laura Speaker
  • Coats, Becky Speaker
  • Shapiro, Alfred Speaker
  • McCall, James Speaker
  • Gerard, Allie Speaker
  • Como, Byron Speaker
  • Toscano, Mauricio Speaker
  • Gasparian, Kathleen Panelist
  • Riser, Neil Panelist
  • Weishar, Susan Panelist


This episode of the series “Louisiana Public Square” from October 27, 2010, features Shauna Sanford leading a discussion between the audience members and panelists on immigration reform. A background report on the topic precedes the discussion. It includes interviews with: State Representative Joe Harrison; Kathleen Gasparian, immigration attorney; Audrey Singer of the Brookings Institution; Elizabeth Liuzza of Liuzza Produce Farms in Independence, Louisiana; and Lucas Diaz, the executive director of Puentes New Orleans. The audience members then discuss Arizona’s controversial immigration law, illegal immigration and racial profiling. A panel of experts then joins the audience to answer their questions. The panelists are: Kathleen Gasparian, immigration attorney; State Senator Neil Riser, the chairman of the Senate Committee on Labor and Industrial Relations; and Dr. Susan Weisher, a migration specialist with the Jesuit Social Research Institute at Loyola University in New Orleans. They discuss: illegal immigration in Louisiana; the need for comprehensive immigration reform at the federal level; border security; the e-verify system for employment; the penalties for employers who knowingly hire undocumented workers; and immigration law and crime. Hosts: Beth Courtney and Shauna Sanford