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Immigrants from Central America are pouring over the U.S.-Mexico border at an unprecedented rate, while Congress is at a standstill on comprehensive immigration reform. Today President Obama said he’d had enough, and is taking executive action where he can. In the meantime, migrant families detained in Texas may be shipped to San Diego County for processing, easing pressure on inundated border authorities. We’ll talk about the “immigrant shuffle” and how LA schools are dealing with the influx of Central American children.

Also tonight: Dov Charney’s out at American Apparel… Or is he? How is L.A.’s storied Garment District reacting?

Banner Image: US Border Control Dodge Ram at a checkpoint near Tucson, Arizona; Credit: Bill Morrow

Central American Immigrants Flood Border, Confound Officials 19 MIN, 46 SEC

President Obama acknowledged today there will be no meaningful immigration reform in Congress this year, and announced he was taking executive action on the issue. He cited the big spike in migrant children being stopped and detained at the border. Jill Replogle covers the US-Mexico border for KPBS in San Diego.

The president also called the situation at the US-Mexico border “a humanitarian crisis.” Tens of thousands of migrant children are traveling from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras to escape horrific gang violence and drug cartels. But even before the recent wave, the LA region has been home to many Central American children and teens who came illegally. Many are re-united with family members while they await legal proceedings. What happens to those who make it past border control or are released into custody? KCRW producer Jenny Hamel has this report.

Guests:
Jill Replogle, KPBS (@jillrep)
Jenny Hamel, Producer, 'To the Point' (@HamelKCRW)

Dov Charney’s Demise and the Future of LA’s Garment District 9 MIN, 22 SEC

The highly controversial and scrutinized lifestyle of Dov Charney, the founder of American Apparel, has cost him the top job at the company he founded. Unlike most apparel companies, American Apparel does not outsource its labor. The majority of its manufacturing is done in a seven-story factory in downtown Los Angeles, where workers make an average of twelve dollars an hour and often more than $100 a day.

Guests:
Elizabeth Harris, New York Times (@Liz_A_Harris)
Kent Smith, LA Fashion District

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