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This week's show featured excerpts from Boston University's 24th Great Debate. Sponsored by the Department of Journalism at the College of Communications and held last month, the debate's topic was "Can Stricter Law Enforcement at the Border and the Workplace Solve the U.S. Illegal Immigration Problem?"

Modeled after the Cambridge and Oxford University Union Societies' public discussions, the Great Debate Series involves a series of speeches alternating for and against the topic and audience members may comment prior to the panel's rebuttals. The audience then decides the outcome of the debate by voting with their feet, and moving to the side of the room representing their decision.

Arguing in the affirmative were Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, Stephanie Hoffman, a Boston University law student, and Louis J. Barletta, the mayor of Hazleton, Pa. Arguing in the negative were B. Lindsay Lowell of the Institute for the Study of International Migration, Boston University student Anuj Shela, and Shuya Ohno, of the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA). The moderator was Boston University Journalism Department Chairman, Robert Zelnick.

This program aired on December 16, 2007.

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