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Zero Tolerance & Children Separated From Their Families: Thursday's Access Utah


President Trump has signed an executive order allowing families to be detained together under his “zero tolerance” immigration policy. This comes amid a furor over the separation of children from their parents at the border. In the meantime, Congress continues to search for a fix to the immigration system. We’ll talk about the crisis at the border today on Access Utah. Our guests will include Pastor Steve Klemz of the Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Salt Lake City; Erika George, Samuel D. Thurman Professor of Law in the S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah; and Sonia Nazario, Pulitzer-Prize-winning author of Enrique’s Journey.


Border Control Crisis

We would love to get your opinion on this. Here are some questions for you: Is this a human rights issue? A border security issue? What happens now to the children already separated from their families? What should happen? What are the most important principles we should follow in making immigration and asylum policies? Does this issue make you more likely to vote in 2018?

You can email us right now to You can call 1.800.826.1495 during the program. We’re on Twitter @upraccess

Tom Williams worked as a part-time UPR announcer for a few years and joined Utah Public Radio full-time in 1996. He is a proud graduate of Uintah High School in Vernal and Utah State University (B. A. in Liberal Arts and Master of Business Administration.) He grew up in a family that regularly discussed everything from opera to religion to politics. He is interested in just about everything and loves to engage people in conversation, so you could say he has found the perfect job as host “Access Utah.” He and his wife Becky, live in Logan.