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California conversation about immigration: Can we get along?

Rebecca Goddard doesn’t understand why some of her fellow Californians have labeled her a racist simply because she supports increased enforcement of the nation’s immigration laws.

Vinisha Thornton supports legal immigration but says it’s unfair for illegal immigrants to reap the many benefits and privileges of living here. But Teresa Nuñez, who illegally crossed the U.S.-Mexico border, says she can’t understand why undocumented immigrants who work hard and pay taxes aren’t more valued in the Golden State.

At a time when America’s political landscape has become so toxic, is there any way that strangers like Goddard, Thornton and Nuñez can come together to help find solutions and compromises in regard to the vexing, incendiary issue of illegal immigration?

The premise of the Talking Across Borders project is that progress will come when we figure out how to talk about the issue with civility — and the warring sides at least listen to the concerns of people with…

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