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Immigration across the Mexican border is a major issue among Republican presidential candidates -- with Donald Trump calling for a massive increase in security. We hear that reality at the border itself is very different from the way it's depicted on the campaign trail. 

Later on the program, black students are demanding that Princeton University acknowledge the racist views of US President Woodrow Wilson, a man central to the University’s history. It's just one institution caught in a bind when history is judged by contemporary standards.

Photo: The towns of Nogales, Arizona (L) and Nogales, Mexico (R), separated by a high concrete and steel fence. (Sgt. 1st Class Gordon Hyde)

Producers:
Sarah Sweeney
Evan George

The Coalition against ISIS Hits Road Blocks 6 MIN, 30 SEC

Turkey today shot down a Russian warplane near the Syrian border. Vladimir Putin called it a "stab in the back." Word came as French President Holland was at the White House hoping to build a coalition against ISIS that would include Russia as well as the US.  At their news conference, President Obama called Russia a welcome part of the coalition fighting in Syria, but added, "The challenge has been Russia's focus on propping up Assad instead of ISIL." Ian Bremmer is president of the think-tank The Eurasia Group and is author of Superpower: Three Choices for America’s Role in the World.

Guests:
Ian Bremmer, Eurasia Group (@ianbremmer)

Superpower

Ian Bremmer

Reality at the Mexican Border 33 MIN, 28 SEC

Donald Trump appeals to Republican voters by repeating his promise to build a "big, beautiful" wall on the US-Mexico border. But it turns out that the border already is more secure than ever. More Mexican immigrants are leaving the US to return home than the other way around. And increased security is producing unintended consequences — for a massive trade relationship and for people who live and work on both sides of the border. We hear how it looks now to those cross-border neighbors, including the many new agents of an expanded border patrol.

Guests:
Adam Isacson, Washington Office on Latin America (@adam_wola)
Alfredo Corchado, Arizona State University (@ajcorchado)
John Sandweg, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (former)
Erik Lee, North American Research Partnership (@NARPartnership)

More:
Corchado's New Yorker series, 'Faces from the Border'
Lee on the transition of the US-Mexico border economy

Midnight in Mexico

Alfredo Corchado

Princeton, Woodrow Wilson, and the Legacy of Forebears 9 MIN, 56 SEC

Some elite colleges and universities go back to the days of segregation and even slavery. Now students are demanding they at least acknowledge the racist past.


President Woodrow Wilson
Photo: Harris & Ewing Collection, Library of Congress

"Segregation is not humiliating, but a benefit, and ought to be so regarded by you." Those are the words of President Woodrow Wilson, now posted by the Black Justice League at Princeton University. Wilson is central to Princeton’s identity, but the League wants it to erase his name from the prestigious Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and a residential complex called Wilson College. Geoffrey Stone, professor at the University of Chicago Law School and a former University Provost, says that universities are put in a difficult position.

Guests:
Geoffrey R. Stone, University of Chicago Law School

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