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Glendale is one of seven suburban communities with a statue memorializing the so-called "comfort women" abducted for use by Japanese soldiers during World War II. Now San Francisco may become the first major American city with a similar monument. But the proposal is creating international controversy.

Also, LA Sheriff Jim McDonnell has re-opened county jails to federal immigration officials—as a matter of "public safety." Critics say it makes undocumented workers afraid to cooperate with local law enforcement—even in their own interests.

Photo: A statue commemorating the sexual slavery of women by the Japanese army in World War II was publicly unveiled in July 2013 in Glendale, California. (Melissa Wall)

Producers:
Paul von Zielbauer
Sarah Sweeney

Federal Immigration Agents Are Back in LA County Jails 13 MIN, 2 SEC

Last May, the LA Board of Supervisors limited the access of federal immigration agents to County jails. Now, Sheriff Jim McDonnell says he's opened the jail up again. We asked the Sheriff and Board members to join our program; they haven't responded.

Guests:
Jennie Pasquarella, ACLU of Southern California (@ACLU_SoCal)
Ira Mehlman, Federation for American Immigration Reform (@FAIRImmigration)

More:
California Trust Act
ACLU of Southern California on what went wrong with the case of Francisco Lopez-Sanchez

Memorializing Victims of a Shameful Past 12 MIN, 29 SEC

Three years ago, the statue of a Korean girl sitting next to an empty chair was erected in the City of Glendale. It's a memorial to the so-called "comfort women" abducted for the use of Japanese soldiers during World War II. Tuesday, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to erect a similar statue there. San Francisco would be the first major American city to have such a memorial. It was proposed by Supervisor Eric Mar. We asked the Japanese consuls in San Francisco and Los Angeles to join our program. We also invited organizations of Japanese Americans. They all declined.

Guests:
Eric Mar, San Francisco Board of Supervisors (@sfbos)
Mary McCarthy, Drake University

More:
Washington Coalition for Comfort Women Issues
Kono Statement

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