This program addresses a huge question regarding immigration policy: what is the one thing we should do today to solve the immigration issue? As you might expect there is no one or simple answer and each of our panelists have diverse solutions.

Host, Dennis McCuistion, is joined by:

  • Rick Gump: Lawyer/ Owner, Richard A. Gump, Jr. PC
  • Professor Neil Foley, PhD: Southern Methodist University, Robert H. and Nancy Dedman Chair in History, Author: Mexicans and the Making of America
  • Pia Orrenius, PhD: V.P and Senior Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, Adjunct Professor, Hankamer School of Business, Baylor University, Author of Beside the Golden Door: U.S. Immigration Reform in a New Era of Globalization

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You may agree or not with our guests and the solutions offered but the lively discussion invites introspection. What is the solution? Join us and let us know what you think.

And as always thanks for joining us in our 25th year as we continue talking about things that matter with people who care.

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Immigration is part of the founding myth of the United States which has gone through several immigration waves in its short history. Its first; the founding colonial wave, which was largely English. Since, we’ve had the primarily German/Irish wave of 1820-1870 with German immigration the largest to date, comprising 15% of all our immigration. The third wave took place from the 19th century to World War I. Today we’re in our fourth wave.

To view the original and complete write-up on this topic and this episode follow this link to Immigration Policy from 1990-2015.

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It’s a lively discussion on immigration policy and we go back several years with excerpts from previous programs on immigration, which include comments from: Jacob G. Hornberger, founder and president of the Future of Freedom Foundation, James F. Hollifield, PhD, Professor of Political Science and Director of the Tower Center of Political Studies at SMU and “Tom” Tancredo, former congressman, Colorado, (R).

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Millions of Middle East refugees are fleeing or have fled Middle Eastern countries because of wars, ISIS and terrorism and economic crisis. The countries they’ve turned to are torn between compassion and fear that some of the refuges may in fact be undercover terrorists. And so the borders are closing.

Left to Right: Hind Jarrah, PhD, Dennis McCuistion, Donna Duvin, Niki McCuistion, and A.J. Irwin

The outcome: Middle East refugees are having a difficult time whether they are in refugee camps in Turkey, Jordan or elsewhere. Their sheer numbers have caused some European leaders to limit the number of Middle East refugees who enter their countries. In some cases doors have completely shut. While the refugee problem is not as acute in America, the refugee situation nevertheless raises concerns about national security, terrorism, health issues, disease, finances and assimilation. Concerns over fraud and welfare costs and terrorism are also very real.

Joining host, Dennis McCuistion, to discuss Middle East refugees are:

Left to Right: Ambassador Robert Jordan and Gerald J. Reihsen, Guest

This is a particularly difficult issue as most Americans are by nature compassionate towards their fellow man and woman regardless of their country of origin or other unique characteristics. On this program we attempt to weigh humanitarian concerns against those of terrorism.

Join us as we talk about things that matter… with people who care. And please don’t forget that for the last 25 years it is you, our viewer, who keeps us on the air.

The McCuistion Program, a 501 ( C ) ( 3 ) tax exempt organization does not receive any KERA pledge dollars, PBS funds or government grants, so thank you for your continued support.

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Special Event Announcement:

Dr. John Duke Anthony to Address the Baltimore Council on Foreign Affairs on:

“America, Arabia, and the Gulf: At a Crossroads?”

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

World Trade Center Baltimore
401 E. Pratt Street
Baltimore, MD 21202

Reception: 5:15 p.m.
Address: 6:00 p.m.

Baltimore Council on Foreign Affairs Members: Free of Charge
Guest of a Member: $10.00
Non-Member: $25.00

Reservations and Tickets: http://bit.ly/jda-bcfa-2016


Dr. John Duke Anthony is the Founding President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations. On June 22, 2000, on his first official state visit to the United States, H.M. King Muhammad VI of Morocco knighted Dr. Anthony, bestowing upon him Morocco’s highest award for excellence. Dr. Anthony currently serves on U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy and its Subcommittee on Sanctions (with special reference to Iran). He is the only American to have been invited to each of the Gulf Cooperation Council’s Ministerial and Heads of State Summits since the GCC’s inception in 1981.


Background Reading:
Dr. John Duke Anthony – “The Establishment of a Gulf Cooperation Council Office in Washington, D.C.” (May 2, 2016)
Dr. John Duke Anthony – “Arabia to Asia: The Myths of an American ‘Pivot’ and Whether or Not There’s a U.S. Strategy Toward the GCC Region” (April 22, 2016)
Christopher H. Johnson – “Economic Reform in Saudi Arabia: Opportunities for the Kingdom & America” (April 21, 2016)
Dr. John Duke Anthony – “President Obama’s Meeting with GCC Leaders in Saudi Arabia: An Opportunity for Heightened Cooperation” (April 18, 2016)
Laura El-Katiri – “A Quiet Revolution: Renewable Energy in the GCC Economies” (April 5, 2016)
HRH Prince Turki Al Faisal & Dr. John Duke Anthony – “Answering President Obama’s ‘Free Riders’ Allegations” (March 15, 2016)
A Discussion with Gulf Cooperation Council Secretary General Dr. Abdul Latif bin Rashid Al Zayani (October 7, 2015)
H.E. Dr. Abdul Latif bin Rashid Al Zayani – “Envisioning the GCC’s Future: Prisms for Perspective” (August 24, 2015)
Dr. Imad Harb – “The Consolidation of a New Arab Political Order” (April 13, 2015)
Dr. John Duke Anthony – “ISIS, the United States, and the GCC” (February 19, 2015)
Dr. John Duke Anthony – “The Future Significance of the Gulf Cooperation Council” (April 1, 2012)


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ISIS or the Islamic state is a group one did not hear about until just a few years ago. Today, they are a powerful force in Syria and Iraq and a threat worldwide with members on every continent. Yet what and who exactly is ISIS, how did it come about, what is their goal and what can/should be done to stop their terrorist menace both in Syria and worldwide?

Joining host, Dennis McCuistion, are guests:

To some extent ISIS has come about as result of botched political policies in the Middle East, a failed Arab Spring, the economic disasters much of the Middle east is faced with and the SHIA and SUNNI- conflicts amongst themselves.

Left to Right: Oliver “Buck” Revell, Niki McCuistion, Dennis McCuistion and Ambassador Robert W. Jordan, JD

Disillusioned young people from all over the world are joining in the ISIS fight, threatening violence and terrorism in their own countries of origin. ISIS has replaced Al Qaeda, and is far more difficult to find at the source and stop.

The bad news is that ISIS continues to be a huge problem that might affect each of us personally. The good news is that their threat may in fact be waning. Regardless, the key issues are what must be done to stop their infiltration and the havoc they are causing.

Join us as we talk about things that matter… with people who care. And please don’t forget that for the last 25 years it is you, our viewer, who keeps us on the air.

The McCuistion Program, a 501 ( C ) ( 3 ) tax exempt organization does not receive any KERA pledge dollars, PBS funds or government grants, so thank you for your continued support.

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Minimal growth and a hefty deficit is expected for Saudi Arabia, and the government knows it must act quickly to reverse the downward trend or there could be serious internal issues. Experts predict the country must become less reliant on oil to achieve long-term growth.

Saudi is dealing with some critical challenges, from the economy to its relationship with Iran. Not only do the Sunni and Shia branches of Islam divide them, but so does terrorism, Wahhabi teachings, and conflicts in Iraq, Syria and Yemen. In short the situation is a trigger response issue. Unfortunately these involve the U.S. as well.

Joining us to talk about the concerns with Saudi Arabia and Iran are key experts on Saudi and the GCC allies:

We’ll examine the oil situation and how the Iranian nuclear deal fits into the puzzle. Our experts talk about the situation today and how it was caused by “bad policies” implemented by colonial powers after the First World War and some as far back as the 7th century.

So tune in please.

ADDED PERSPECTIVE:

Left to Right: Oliver “Buck” Revell, Niki McCuistion, Dennis McCuistion and Ambassador Robert W. Jordan

And an added perspective: as a National Council on US Arab Relations Malone Fellow, I (Niki) had the opportunity to travel to Saudi Arabia with Dr. John Duke Anthony, the Founding President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations. His latest article: President Obama’s Meeting with GCC Leaders in Saudi Arabia: An Opportunity for Heightened Cooperation talks about the timeliness of
“President Obama’s visit to Riyadh to meet with King Salman of Saudi Arabia.”

He says:

“It will take place at a time when aspects of U.S. relations with Saudi Arabia and GCC countries are being vilified. U.S. domestic political campaign rhetoric, legislation contemplated by the U.S. Congress, the media, and special interests are seemingly opposed to strengthening and expanding America’s strategic, economic, national security, and related interests with and in Saudi Arabia and the other GCC countries.

In addition, the visit comes on the heels of President Obama’s comments in a recent article in The Atlantic in which he was characterized as portraying various Arab and GCC allies as ‘free riders’ and thinking that Saudi Arabia needs to ‘share’ the neighborhood with Iran.

It is apparent that the United States has a coveted place ahead of many nations to participate in those among the Kingdom’s new initiatives associated with Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman. Expected to be announced April 25, 2016, the new initiatives are being described as a ‘Vision for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.’ They are expected to include developmental, economic, and social components intended to position Saudi Arabia for the future.”

In addition to Saudi Arabia, President Obama is scheduled to meet with leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council countries: Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates.

Join us, as we talk about things that matter… with people who care. And please don’t forget that for the last 25 years it is you, our viewer who keeps us on the air.

The McCuistion Program, a 501 ( C ) ( 3 ) tax exempt organization does not receive any KERA pledge dollars, PBS funds or government grants, so thank you for your continued support.

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Niki McCuistion
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For decades the United States Navy has ruled most of the world’s oceans and the important shipping lanes. No part is more important than the area around the South China Sea where about 40 percent of the world’s shipping occurs. Today, China is asserting itself militarily in that area by building islands and shoring up their Navy. Should the United States and its allies/ trading partners be concerned?

Left to Right: Mike W. Peng, PhD and Bud Cole, PhD

Joining us are two key experts on China and its Navy – military power:

As China has matured into a world economic power, it has also sought to assert itself on various maritime territories it has claimed for centuries. The Navy (and Air Force) have gained increasing prominence and increased shares of its national budget. Particular areas of concern are the East China Sea where China now has two disputes with Japan; and even more pertinently the South China Sea, where five nations claim various geographic land features.

It’s in these two areas that the modernizing Chinese Navy and the newly reorganized Chinese Coast Guard are poised to defend areas that Beijing believes to be of vital national security interest to their country. Beijing claims that for years they have acquiesced to the multilateral use of the East and South China Sea’s land features; however, they believe that Japan, the Philippines and Vietnam have in the last ten years pushed the issues over these land features at the behest of the United States.
The questions we’ll ask and answer on this program focus on how China’s challenge is impacting global strategy and the potential concerns this poses to Taiwan, the United States and the world.

These issues are becoming some of the most important on the world stage.

Join us, as we talk about things that matter… with people who care. And please don’t forget that for the last 25 years it is you, our viewer who keeps us on the air.

The McCuistion Program, a 501 ( C ) ( 3 ) tax exempt organization does not receive any KERA pledge dollars, PBS funds or government grants, so thank you for your continued support.

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Niki McCuistion

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2305 – 04.17.16

China: You can’t pick up a newspaper or turn on a TV set without hearing about China today…and the news is not very positive. Slower economic growth, turmoil in their stock markets, citizens being arrested for corruption, and with all this, has come a worldwide collapse of commodity prices not the least of which has been in the price of oil.

Joining us on McCuistion are experts on the present situation in China:

In the last 10 years respected media has portrayed China as “buying up the world” to the “great fall of China”, “the coming collapse of China”; documenting its tremendous rise and fall, collapse and rise again. When President Xi Jinping took office he was well aware of the deep seated problems of inequality and profound corruption that is blatantly talked about and his government has made significant strides in correcting the situation.

Members of the People’s Liberation Army as well as Communist party officials have been indicted and the populous is encouraged about the actions being taken to root out the problem. However it will be a very long time before the government will be able to”control the dragon”.

China has been modernizing for the last 35 years and it has brought a significant number of people out of poverty into a more comfortable way of life. China has acknowledged it must engage in economic reform and clean up its system. In the last several years it has made tremendous progress; transitioning from an industrial country to a consumer driven country. Whether this can be sustained is questioned.

We are indeed a global economy and with China’s output second only to ours, China’s challenges are definitely not good for America. It is critical we have a better perspective in which to judge the daily events coming out of China.

Our experts give a unique political, social and economic outlook on the situation in China today and what must be done so it maintains its status as a world power.

Join us, as we talk about things that matter… with people who care. And please don’t forget that for the last 25 years it is you, our viewer who keeps us on the air.

The McCuistion Program, a 501 ( C ) ( 3 ) tax exempt organization does not receive any KERA pledge dollars, PBS funds or government grants, so thank you for your continued support.

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Niki McCuistion
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2304 – 04.10.16

The history of China is undoubtedly a long one. China, one of the oldest civilizations on earth with the exception of possibly India, goes back in history about 5,000 years. While it has a geographical size similar to the United States, it has five times the population, 1.5 billion people and the second largest economy in the world, second only to the United States. The very diverse population consists primarily of Han Chinese, 56% other minorities, and a predominately Muslim population in the southwest.

Joining host, Dennis McCuistion, to discuss the history of China, are special guests:

When discussing the history of China, it’s clear to see that the Chinese take pride in their history, art, philosophy food and politics. The country has consisted of a series of dynasties which have written their own history, and that history is written by the victors. It has certainly had its share of ups and downs, has been the place of great innovation, has conquered other peoples and been conquered.

Left to Right: Dennis M. Kratz, PhD, Dennis McCuistion, Cynthia A. Watson, PhD

On this program regarding the history of China we examine the impact China’s past has on its present and take a retrospective look at China’s rich history and culture, its dynasties, Confucian philosophy and its geopolitical importance.

Join us, as we talk about things that matter… with people who care. And please don’t forget that for the last 25 years it is you, our viewer who keeps us on the air.

The McCuistion Program, a 501 ( C ) ( 3 ) tax exempt organization does not receive any KERA pledge dollars, PBS funds or government grants, so thank you for your continued support.

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2303 – 04.03.16

John Allison, Chairman of the Executive Advisory Council, of the Cato Institutes’ Center for Monetary and Financial Alternatives, immediate past president of the Cato Institute and former CEO of BB&T, joined us a while back to talk about the importance of independent think tanks.

Left to Right: Dennis McCuistion, Niki McCuistion & John Allison

Mr. Allison believes an independent think tank’s role is to create a free and prosperous society. CATO’s mission is based on the principles of individual liberty, free markets, limited government and peace.

He says,

“government should stay out of your pocketbook as well as your bedroom. Government has an important purpose but that’s very limited- to protect individual rights. When government gets too involved, they control, that makes them dangerous”.
During this episode on think tanks, he talks about Cato’s role as a modern day advocate of the principles that made this country great and that we seem to be getting away from: life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

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Join in on a conversation about liberty, economic freedom and the innovation that allows for creativity and democracy.
And as always we keep talking about things that matter with people who care…
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Niki McCuistion

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