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President Obama is about to set a record for deportations, so he's called for enforcing the law "more humanely." That's enraged Republicans, without easing the problems of some Democrats. What does it mean for immigration reform and upcoming elections? Also, Russia's President Putin has signed a treaty to annex Crimea, escalating a confrontation with the West. On today's Talking Point, a criminal investigation into Duke Energy and state officials in North Carolina.

Banner image: Sandy Huffaker/Reuters

Producers:
Katie Cooper
Benjamin Gottlieb
Sonya Geis

President Obama's Deportation Dilemma 34 MIN, 54 SEC

In five years, Barack Obama's deported almost two million undocumented immigrants — more than any other president. Immigrant advocates have labeled him "Deporter in Chief." With immigration reform passed by the Senate but stalled in the House, Democrats are worried about the Hispanic turnout in upcoming elections. Under pressure, Obama's called for more "humane" law enforcement, giving Republicans the chance to claim that's no enforcement at all. We hear what he wants to do and how each party is jockeying for control of the Senate this year and for the White House in 2016.

Guests:
Alan Gomez, USA Today (@alangomez)
Marielena Hincapie, National Immigration Law Center (@MarielenaNILC)
Kris Kobach, Kansas Secretary of State (@kansassos)
John Feehery, QGA Public Affairs (@JohnFeehery)

More:
Arizona v. US
DREAM Act, TtP discussion on
Executive Needs to Faithfully Observe and Respect Congressional Enactments (ENFORCE) Act
Gomez on Obama's order for a system-wide review of US immigration law
NILC on how Obama Administration can use executive authority to stop deportations

Did Regulators Protect Duke Energy from Oil-Spill Lawsuit? 8 MIN, 12 SEC

It's been more than 40 days since coal-ash from a Duke Energy power plant contaminated 70 miles of North Carolina's Dan River. Public health officials have warned against drinking the water or eating fish caught in the Dan. But the failure to clean up so far is only part of the story. A federal grand jury has been convened for a criminal investigation, with at least 23 subpoenas issued. There are claims of a "sweetheart deal" between the company and regulators appointed by the Governor, a former Duke Energy employee. Jeff Tiberii is Greensboro Bureau chief for WUNC, the NPR affiliate in Chapel Hill.

Guests:
Jeff Tiberii, WUNC (@j_tibs)

More:
NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) on Dan River spill

Putin Signs Treaty to Annex Crimea 7 MIN, 42 SEC

Russia's President Vladimir Putin claimed Crimea as part of Russia today, brushing aside international condemnation. Vice President Joe Biden denounced the action during a visit to Poland. "Unfortunately Russia's leaders have responded with a brazen, brazen military incursion, with a rushed and illegal referendum in Crimea – that was not surprisingly rejected by virtually the entire world – and now today with steps to annex Crimea." Ellen Barry is reporting from Moscow for the New York Times.

Guests:
Ellen Barry, New York Times (@EllenBarryNYT)

More:
Agreement on annexation of Crimea by Russia

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