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Republicans may have left Washington for the August recess, but they won't be allowed to forget immigration reform. Today in Bakersfield, the office of Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy became one target of a national effort to press for action this year. We hear about caravans of cars and buses from around the state that had police diverting traffic on Interstate freeways. Is McCarthy likely to get the message? Also, movie director Werner Herzog and the Auto Club of Southern California: two campaigns against texting while driving.

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Banner image: Activists stand in front of Rep. McKeon's office to pressure his vote on immigration reform. Photo: CHIRLA

Producers:
Kerry Cavanaugh
Caitlin Shamberg
Evan George

Main Topic Can't a Republican Get Any Peace? 15 MIN, 27 SEC

Internet moguls and evangelicals, big business and organized labor are among the odd bedfellows pushing Republicans in Congress to vote for immigration reform. Instead of waiting until the end of the August recess, the campaign is being stepped up. This morning, a caravan of 100 cars and four buses left Dodger Stadium for the office of Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy in Bakersfield. One organizer was CHIRLA, the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles. McCarthy and other Republican leaders favor a step-by-step approach that emphasizes border security, but he's still getting heat from groups like Californians for Population Stabilization.

 

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Guests:
Jorge-Mario Cabrera, Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (@CHIRLA)
Robert Price, Bakersfield Californian
Karthick Ramakrishnan, University of California, Riverside (@karthickr)

Reporter's Notebook SoCal Drivers More Distracted than Ever 8 MIN, 1 SEC

When AT&T asked the world-famous director Werner Herzog to produce short films on the dangers of texting while driving, he agreed. The result was the 35-minute film, From One Second to the Next. One segment is about a 5-year old nicknamed X, hit and dragged 20 feet by a distracted driver, leaving him paralyzed on a ventilator. In less than a week, Herzog's film has been viewed more than one and a half million times on YouTube alone, as we hear from Steven Block, senior traffic researcher for the Automobile Club of Southern California.

 

Guests:
Steven Bloch, Automobile Club of Southern California (@AAASoCal)

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