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Immigration Challenges, a Nobel Laureate’s Crusade to Ban Land Mines, and LARPers in Mandell Park: Houston Matters for Wed., Dec. 4, 2013

Four activists seeking immigration reform finally ended a 22 day fast Tuesday at the National Mall in Washington. They were then replaced by eight others, who have vowed to continue the fast. They, like many others, are seeking to convince Congress to act – to pass legislation that would include a pathway to citizenship for […]

Four activists seeking immigration reform finally ended a 22 day fast Tuesday at the National Mall in Washington. They were then replaced by eight others, who have vowed to continue the fast. They, like many others, are seeking to convince Congress to act – to pass legislation that would include a pathway to citizenship for some 12 million undocumented people here in the United States.

Of course, many thousands of those folks are here in Houston. And while there are arguments to be made on ideological grounds for what to do about the millions of people who are not here through the legal immigration process, there are also very practical implications here, for employers, workers, and students.

On this edition of Houston Matters, we’ll discuss the day to day challenges facing both people who are undocumented, and the industries and institutions they’re engaged in. We’ll welcome your questions for an immigration attorney, the head of the University of Houston’s Immigration Clinic, and a Houston-based subcontractor who will share his insights into the unique challenges America’s immigration policies have on the construction industry.

We’ll also talk with Nobel Laureate and UH Professor Jody Williams about her efforts to ban land mines, and the impact being a Nobel Prize winner has had on her life and career.

Plus: we visit a “Shoe Bar” in Houston, and we meet some Houston-area LARPers (that’s live action role playing — also known as battle gaming).

Houston Matters gets underway at noon. To join our conversation on air, call 713-440-8870 or e-mail talk@houstonmatters.org.

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