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Immigration story

Well, it looks like the United States is not the only country that has to make somewhat urgent immigration decisions. While our government is trying to figure out what to do with the thousands of Latin American children who suddenly showed up on our borders in the last few weeks, another country has had a similar -- albeit smaller -- surprise.

Not everyone who arrived in Brazil during the World Cup is going home. Several hundred Africans from Ghana and Nigeria are seeking asylum in Brazil because of the ever-mounting violence in their countries. Brazil, which is the geographical size of the United States, has an economy that has slowed but because of far less rigid immigration laws, it is already expediting a method by which the visitors can stay.

You can imagine how welcomed they would be here. The story caused me to wonder, in some Bizarro world, if Canada was the center of murder and terror instead of Honduras and El Salvador and the kids streaming across that border were white, English-speaking Canadians. Would there still be so much difficulty figuring out what to do?

I'm Pat McMahon.

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He's done it all -- and keeps doing it. His career in local Arizona radio and television dates back the late 60s. Pat always stimulates with his thought provoking, opinionated, and entertaining commentaries on the Arizona Morning News while hosting award-winning talk-shows like "The McMahon Group" and "The God Show."

"The Mc Mahon Group" features a very unpredictable all-star panel where 3 people from the community get together and give there thoughts on the news of the week. He also hosts "The God Show" on Sunday's which talks about all aspects of spirituality.

Pat is also well known outside of radio because of his multi-faceted career as an actor, producer, recording artist, writer, broadcaster, and one-third of the legendary comedy team that was on TV for 35 years in Arizona, "The Wallace and Ladmo Show."

Through the many experiences of his professional life, Pat has been richly rewarded with 7 Emmys, major national and international radio awards as well as numerous civic, educational, religious and humanitarian awards. Pat was also a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Ottawa University, the Arizona Broadcasters Lifetime achievement Award, and has his bronze likeness hanging in the rotunda of the Herberger Theater in recognition of his contributions to Communications & The Arts.

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