Friday, January 13, 2017

[244] Immigration’s role in American history on ‘MTSU On the Record’

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — The impact of immigration in shaping the American experience is the topic of the next “MTSU On the Record” radio program.

Host Gina Logue’s interview with John Vile, dean of the University Honors College and political scientist, will air from 8 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 9, and from 6 to 6:30 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 15, on WMOT-FM Roots Radio 89.5 and

Vile is the editor of “American Immigration and Citizenship: A Documentary History.” With a mixture of statutes, constitutional provisions, speeches, judicial decisions and interpretive essays, Vile traces changes in immigration policy over the years.

In the interview, Vile also comments on contemporary attitudes toward immigration stemming from current political controversies such as “sanctuary cities,” where mayors have refused to prosecute undocumented immigrants solely for violating federal immigration laws.

“For all practical purposes, the national government does set immigration policy,” said Vile. “But once they’re here, that does present a little bit different issue, and I think it will be sort of one of the flashpoints that we’ll just have to watch for and see how it’s resolved.”

The fall 2016 Honors College Lecture Series focused on “Citizenship, Refugees and Immigration.” Vile was one of the presenting scholars.

To hear previous “MTSU On the Record” programs, go to

For more information, contact Logue at 615-898-5081 or WMOT-FM at 615-898-2800.

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