The History of Immigration to the US and A Possible Transit Referendum in Pinellas County?

01/22/13 Robert Lorei
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Good morning, welcome to radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up—tomorrow there’s vote on whether to hold a transit referendum in Pinellas County. We’ll talk about that later. And what’s the history of immigration to the US? A new book explores the problems facing Irish, German, Italian, Chinese, Jewish, Muslim, Black west Indian and other ethnic groups when they emigrated to the US. But first- a listener comment. Last Friday – in discussing tonight’s new PBS Frontline documentary on the Wall Street collapse—our callers discussed who was responsible for the housing price bubble. Here’s what one listener had to say.

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New immigrants to the US from Mexico, Africa and Asia are sometimes met with hostility. But a new book points out that ethnic groups now considered mainstream- such as the Irish and German also faced discrimination when they arrived in the US. Here to talk about the book Immigration Struggles, Immigration Gifts (GMU Press) is its editor Diane Portnoy, the founder of The Immigrant Learning Center in Massachussetts.

Tomorrow the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority will vote on whether to hold a referendum on the 2014 ballot asking voters how to fund mass transit and a multi-modal system. We’re joined now by Jeff Danner, a St. Petersburg city council member and chair of the PSTA Board; Andrew Hays is President of the St. Petersburg Grand Central District; and Phil Compton is with the Sierra Club.

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