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The Department of Homeland Security has agreed to let some deported migrants come back to the U.S. We discuss the lawsuit that led to that decision, and we look at how President Obama’s go-it-alone approach to immigration reform is worrying members of both parties. Plus, we talk to California’s attorney general about her efforts to curb school truancy. And the L.A. Times’ Bill Plaschke tells us he’s embarrassed about the way he handled the story of a USC football star who made up a story about off-field heroics.

Banner Image: President Barack Obama listens during the Wednesday, March 18, 2009, meeting with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus in the State Dining Room of the White House. The President discussed how the administration will work with the CHC to address immigration concerns; Credit: Pete Souza

Producers:
Andrew Walsh
Christian Bordal
Matt Holzman
Jolie Myers
Anna Scott

Returning Deportees 8 MIN, 59 SEC

The Department of Homeland Security has agreed to let some deported migrants come back to the U.S. It’s part of a settlement in a lawsuit brought by the Southern California ACLU. The migrants agreed to be voluntarily deported. But the ACLU alleged in the suit that they did so because federal agents intimidated and deceived them.

Guests:
Lucero Chavez, Southern California ACLU (@lucerochavez21)

Politics of Immigration Reform 7 MIN, 35 SEC

President Obama is considering a go-it-alone approach to immigration reform, since he can’t get meaningful immigration legislation through Congress. This has members of both parties worried.

Guests:
Karen Tumulty, Washington Post (@ktumulty)

Creating a Police Shooting Database 8 MIN, 47 SEC

We know about the shootings when they make headlines: White police officer shoots unarmed, black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri. But what about the cop-related shootings that don’t make headlines? Turns out, there’s no single place to track police behavior - from shootings on down to routine traffic stops. But that’s about to change.

Guests:
Tracie Keesee, Center for Policing Equity at UCLA

More:
Center for Policing Equity

California’s A.G. Cracks Down on Truancy 7 MIN, 6 SEC

Three bills that would crack down on school truancy are sitting on Governor Jerry Brown’s desk, awaiting his signature. A fourth is expected to pass the Legislature today. Truancy is a problem that California’s top law enforcement official says is directly linked to crime. That’s why Attorney General Kamala Harris initiated the truancy bills on the table now.

Guests:
Kamala Harris, California Attorney General (@KamalaHarris)

Keeping Kids in Class 6 MIN, 44 SEC

The state’s trying to get a handle on the truancy problem, largely by doing a better job of tracking kids who skip out on classes. But what exactly can be done to keep kids in school? One group is providing what are essentially social workers to support truant kids, especially in poorer areas.

Guests:
Deborah Marcus, Communities in Schools Los Angeles (@Marcus Deborah)

More:
Communities In Schools Los Angeles

Lying USC Football Star Fools the Media 7 MIN, 22 SEC

USC is trying to dial back an embarrassing story today. Football player Josh Shaw is suspended indefinitely after admitting he made up a story about being a hero. He showed up for practice this week with two injured ankles. He told his coaches he jumped down from a second-story balcony to rescue his 7-year-old nephew who was struggling in a swimming pool. USC’s athletic department ran with the story, and so did the media. Now Shaw admits that he made the story up, and it’s unclear exactly what did occur over the weekend.

Guests:
Bill Plaschke, Sports Columnist, Los Angeles Times (@BillPlaschke)

More:
USC STATEMENT: Josh Shaw Admits to USC Officials That He Lied
BILL PLASCHKE: In the matter of USC's Josh Shaw, a leap of faith falls flat

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