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Immigration Policy #518244

NBC Evening News for Thursday, Jul 30, 1981
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(Studio) Reagan administration reported announcing new immigration policy.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(DC) Attorney General William French Smith's explanation of new policy examined; implications for illegal aliens already in United States noted. Details outlined on screen, discussed. Guest worker program with Mexico considered. [Senator Edward KENNEDY - questions effectiveness of program component.] Senator Walter Huddleston's criticism quoted.
REPORTER: Judy Woodruff

(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(Los Angeles, California) California's problem with illegal aliens, primarily from Mexico, examined; films shown. [Mexican American Legal Fund spokesperson John HUERTA - claims government plan will establish permanent subclass.] Admin.'s response to such criticism noted.
REPORTER: Don Oliver

(El Paso, Texas) Estimated number illegal aliens in Texas and controversy over admin.'s guest worker program examined. [Governor William CLEMENTS - supports idea.] Criticism of plan due to potential for exploitation discussed; Bracero Program recalled. [Latin American Citizens League spokesperson Tony BONILLA - considers Bracero abusive and a failure.] Continued influx of illegal aliens said anticipated by many.
REPORTER: Barbara Rowan

(Miami, Florida) Criticism by Haitian and Cuban refugees of guest worker plan outlined. [Haitian leader Reverend Gerard JEAN-JUSTE - questions possible racist aspect of plan.] [Cnty. official Sergio PEREIRA - notes lack of federal financial assistance to local govts.] Educ., legal and medical expenses for refugees outlined.
REPORTER: Ike Seamans

(Studio) President Reagan's statement on new policy quoted.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

Mudd, Roger;
Oliver, Don;
Rowan, Barbara;
Seamans, Ike;
Woodruff, Judy

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