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People participate in a protest march calling for human rights and dignity for immigrants, in Los Angeles, February 18, 2017. (Lucy Nicholson/ Reuters)

Do immigrants increase crime? 9 MIN, 48 SEC

One of Donald Trump’s executive orders states that undocumented immigrants “present a significant threat to national security and public safety.” The Department of Homeland Security released a memo yesterday saying “criminal aliens routinely victimize Americans and other legal residents.” But what is the real danger to Americans posed by immigrants?

Guests:
Charis Kubrin, UC Irvine (@cekubrin)

More:
Immigrants Do Not Increase Crime, Research Shows

Hurdles to hiring 15,000 more immigration enforcement agents 7 MIN, 31 SEC

A Department of Homeland Security memo calls for 5,000 new Border Patrol agents and 10,000 new Immigration and Custom Enforcement agents. But hiring that many new people is not easy. In the past, hiring surges have resulted in corruption scandals.

Guests:
Edward Alden, Council on Foreign Relations (@edwardalden)

What happens when the levees break? 6 MIN, 37 SEC

Northern California is feeling a little relief today after days of rainfall. Integral to the state’s protection from flooding is a vast system of levees; California relies on more than 13,000 miles of them. According to experts, the levees may not be up to the task of managing all the water from the recent storms.

Guests:
Liam Dillon, Los Angeles Times (@dillonliam)

More:
Levee system battered by record rainfall from 'atmospheric river'

Hedge fund manager eludes persecution, walks away with $10 billion 16 MIN, 31 SEC

Steven Cohen is one of the world’s richest men. For years, prosecutors tried to tie him to insider trading violations but failed. A new book, “Black Edge,” tells the story.

Guests:
Sheelah Kolhatkar, Bloomberg (@sheelahk)

Mall food court goes gourmet 6 MIN, 35 SEC

When you think of a mall food court, you probably think of greasy pizza and Wetzel’s Pretzels? Well food courts are growing up, and one of the most interesting can be found in Santa Anita.

Guests:
Katherine Spiers, LA Weekly; Producer of Smarth Mouth (@katherinespiers)

More:
The New Restaurants at Westfield Santa Anita Are Redefining the Mall Food Court

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