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Are "immigration detention centers" a good means of deterring illegal immigration…or "gilded cages" for women and children? We hear what a judge's order could mean for people fleeing violence in Central America — and for immigration reform.

Also, police cameras are changing the narrative in shooting cases. On today's Talking Point, it's been 50 years since Medicare and Medicaid were signed into law. They provide healthcare for 55 million people. Now they're becoming an issue in next year's presidential campaign. 

Photo: US Customs and Border Protection agents work at a processing facility in Brownsville, Texas. (Eric Gay/Reuters/Pool)

Producers:
Jenny Hamel
Katie Cooper
Evan George

Police Cameras Changing the Narrative in Shooting Cases 6 MIN, 29 SEC

A University of Cincinnati police officer has been arraigned today on charges of murder for shooting a young black man during a traffic stop. Body cam footage of the incident is changing the narrative in police shooting cases. That's according to David Harris, professor of law at the University of Pittsburgh. He's author of the Case for Preventative Policing.

Guests:
David Harris, University of Pittsburgh Law School (@dharrislawprof)

Profiles in Injustice

David A. Harris

The Deterrence Dilemma 32 MIN, 22 SEC

The Obama Administration claims that "immigrant family detention" stopped last year's surge of people fleeing violence and poverty in Central America. But newly established detention centers are called "gilded cages," and a federal judge has ruled that they're "inhumane." Last Friday, Judge Dolly Gee ordered 1700 women and children released from detention centers in Texas and Pennsylvania until immigration courts settle their claims for asylum. What are the options? Will Congress consider a billion dollar proposal to improve conditions in El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala?

Guests:
Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times (@mollyhf)
Jeanne Atkinson, Catholic Legal Immigration Network (@cliniclegal)
Jessica Vaughan, Center for Immigration Studies (@JessicaV_CIS)
Eric Olson, Wilson Center (@eric_latam)

More:
Hennessey-Fiske on Judge Gee's ruling on immigration detention centers
CLINIC on incarcerated children, mothers being denied due process, critical information before release
CLINIC on working with unaccompanied migrant children
Vaughan's testimony before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration on sanctuary cities
Olson on Central America, how US policy responses are helping, hurting, and can be improved

The Politics of Medicare, 50 Years On 11 MIN, 1 SEC

It was 50 years ago today that Lyndon Johnson signed Medicare and Medicaid into law. Today, they’re providing healthcare for 55 million people. In 2003, George W. Bush expanded Medicare with a prescription-drug benefit.  But now, in his campaign for the presidential nomination, brother Jeb says, "We need to figure out a way to phase out this program for others and move to a new system that allows them to have something, because they're not going to have anything." On the other side, Campaigning for the Democratic nomination, Senator Bernie Sanders says, "We need Medicare to cover every man, woman and child as a single payer healthcare program."

For students of politics, Medicare and Medicaid comprise an issue that’s both old and new, as Ron Brownstein well knows. He's editorial director for the Atlantic Media and columnist for the National Journal.

Guests:
Ron Brownstein, Atlantic Media / National Journal Group (@RonBrownstein)

More:
National Journal on need for Medicare to become more sustainable

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