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With Wade Goodwyn in for Tom Ashbrook.

A group of undocumented workers sets out this week on a bus ride from Arizona to the Democratic Convention in North Carolina with the logo “No Papers, No Fear”.   We’ll hear what they have to say.

Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz speaks at Time Warner Cable Arena during a media walk through for the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, June 5, 2012. (AP)
Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz speaks at Time Warner Cable Arena during a media walk through for the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, June 5, 2012. (AP)

In 1961 black and white students got on a bus together to ride through the South in a daring and courageous protest of Jim Crow. Yesterday in Phoenix, a new group of Freedom Riders, undocumented Latinos boarded a bus to advocate for immigration reform.

They’re protesting what they claim is harassment at the hands of Maricopa Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Up next, On Point: Is this the Freedom Bus or the UndocuBus? The issue that could profoundly affect the election for president.
-Wade Goodwyn

Guests

Tania Unzueta, she is on the UndocuBus tour and is part of Chicago's Immigrant Youth Justice League.

Joe Arpaio, sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona.

Whit Ayers, Republican pollster and strategist.

Dianne Solis, a senior writer for the Dallas Morning News.

From The Reading List

New York Times "The route they will take on their cross-country trek resembles a slithering snake — up, down and around in a series of intentional detours that are equal parts political strategy and provocation. Their bus leaves from this sprawling city in the desert at sunrise on Monday, carrying 30 men and women who say they have chosen to live in the shadows no more."

Charlotte Observer "In six weeks I will arrive in Charlotte accompanied by a full bus of other undocumented people, after visiting with immigrant communities who face discrimination, supporting their efforts to affirm their dignity and no longer be afraid."

Video

Here's a video about the journey.

This program aired on July 31, 2012.

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