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Biden Unveils Plan for Path to Citizenship, History of Immigration Reform, LA County District Attorney Gascon Continues to Clash Over Reforms

Published February 18, 2021 at 2:57 PM PST
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Democrats on Thursday unveiled Biden-backed legislation to overhaul the immigration system, which includes setting up a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.

Biden and Democrats Take First Official Step Toward Immigration Reform

The Biden Administration formally unveiled its plan to fix the immigration system in the U.S. - an effort that has been long in the making but with little reform to show for it. At its center is a proposal to offer undocumented immigrants -- estimated at around eleven million people -- a path to citizenship, and other reforms that would affect the legal immigration and asylum processes. The implications of this legislation are enormous, especially in Los Angeles, but first it has to pass a divided Congress.


  • Karthick Ramakrishnan is professor of public policy and political science at UC Riverside
  • Marissa Montes is the director of the Loyola Immigrant Justice Clinic at Loyola Law School

Immigration Reform: An Historical Perspective 

We’ve been talking about the bill introduced today by the Biden administration that would create a path to citizenship for some 11 million people living in the U-S without legal status...among other protections. The thing is - this isn’t new. Presidents from both parties have attempted legislation like this in the past and not much has come of it.  So to look at where the future of THIS bill in the context of history.


  • Louis DeSipio, professor of political science and Chicano/Latino studies at UC-Irvine.

LA County District Attorney Continues to Clash Over Reforms

LA County DA George Gascon ran on a platform of bringing reforms to the justice system, but he's faced a resistance on different fronts.


  • KPCC's Frank Stoltze breaks down Gascon's first few months in office, and what signs there are about his tenure so far.

Race in LA: Sybil Azur

We listen to the latest installment in our Race in L.A. series, in which we ask Angelenos how race and identity shape their day-to-day lives. The hope is that these stories fuel meaningful, authentic conversations about our lived experiences as a certain race or ethnicity. This week, contributor Sybil Azur shares her essay titled "Claiming My Dignity On A San Fernando Valley Street" 

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