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"So immigration is not just the right thing to do. It's smart for our economy." President Obama returns to a risky issue at the start of his re-election campaign. Also, the head of the Galleon Group is found guilty of insider-trading, and Louisiana again prepares for the worst.

Banner image: A boys shows a US flag as President Barack Obama speaks on immigration at the Chamizal National Memorial on May 10, 2011 in El Paso, Texas. Photo: Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images

Producers:
Sonya Geis
Katie Cooper
Frances Anderton

Making News Galleon Group's Rajaratnam Guilty in Insider-Trading Case 7 MIN, 33 SEC

Today's conviction of a high-profile Wall Street insider has put others on notice that they'd better be careful of what they say on the phone.  Wiretaps were crucial to the government's case against Galleon Group founder Raj Rajaratnam on 14 counts of securities fraud and conspiracy. Michael Rothfeld covered the trial for the Wall Street Journal.

Guests:
Michael Rothfeld, Wall Street Journal

Reporter's Notebook Louisiana Prepares for the Worst 7 MIN

The Mississippi River has swamped houses and devastated farmlands from Illinois to Tennessee, Arkansas and Mississippi, and it's headed for what residents call "the last place on Earth that needs high water." As her state braces for massive flooding, US Senator Mary Landrieu laments, "After hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Gustav and Ike — not to mention the oil spill — Louisiana can ill-afford another disaster." Mark Schleifstein of the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports on expectations in Louisiana.

Guests:
Mark Schleifstein, Times-Picayune (@mschleifsteintp)

Path of Destruction

John McQuaid

Main Topic Immigration Reform and Presidential Politics 36 MIN, 12 SEC

"Comprehensive immigration reform" was a promise of Barack Obama's first presidential campaign. Now he's returned to it as he tries for a second term. With Americans in a state of high anxiety over unemployment, that means finding economic arguments for welcoming newcomers into the country. Has President Obama been tough enough on border control, or too tough?  Does reform have a chance with Congress so polarized before next year's elections? Will the courts allow states like Arizona to make immigration policy the federal government can't or won't? 



Guests:
Laura Meckler, Wall Street Journal (@laurameckler)
Frank Sharry, America's Voice (@FrankSharry)
Mark Krikorian, Center for Immigration Studies (@MarkSKrikorian)
Peter Spiro, Temple University Law School

Beyond Citizenship

Peter J. Spiro

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