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Latest edition: Special: Asylum and Immigration

Episode Details

Original tape date: June 23, 2015.

First aired: June 24, 2015.

First, a new report from the United Nations says there are more refugees and internally displaced people that at any time on record at 60 million. Most of those people are still in their own countries but many are abroad, and some are seeking asylum in the United States. But to obtain that special protection status they must be able to prove going home presents a true threat. To discuss, Maria Blacque-Belair, executive director of the Refugee Immigration Fund, an Astoria-based organization that helps asylum seekers in New York City. And on Skype from Cleveland, Ohio, Nadeen Aljijakli, an immigration attorney who specializes in Syrian-U.S. asylum cases.

Then, half of the students in the New York City school system speak another language with their parents at home. But those parents lack adequate translation services with their children's schools, according to a new report from the New York Immigration Coalition. Its executive director, Steven Choi, discusses that and other issues concerning immigrants in the city.

Next, in our Public Intellectual segment, which looks at new research with the power to change minds and public policy, a new study found that New York City cab drivers are lacking in information about Obamacare. The city's taxi drivers, who are largely immigrants, face particular health risks, yet the majority of them are unaware of how they or their families can obtain health insurance. To discuss, Francesca Gany, chief of immigrant health & cancer disparities at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

And finally, over the past two years, Brooklyn's Chinatown district has seen an uptick in teenagers running away. Brian's final guests see a link between runaways and a trend that has Chinese parents sending their children back to China for schooling until adolescence. To explain, Fang Cui, a reporter and producer with SinoVision, and Jackie Xu Zhang Chen, a psychiatrist and chair with the Chinese-American Sunshine House.

Guest List

Nadeen Aljijakli Immigration Attorney, Aljijakli & Kosseff, LLC

Maria Blacque-Belair Executive Director, Refugee Immigration Fund

Dr. Jackie Xu Zhang Chen Psychiatrist; Chair, Chinese-American Sunshine House

Steven Choi Executive Director, New York Immigrant Coalition

Fang Cui Producer/Reporter, SinoVision

Francesca Gany Chief of Immigrant Health & Cancer Disparities, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center