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Pedro Ramirez was brought to the US by illegal immigrant parents when he was three years old. Now he’s Student Body President at Fresno State. Unless Congress passes the DREAM Act, he won’t be able to work, join the military or qualify for public assistance. Is the DREAM Act simple fairness or a gateway to “amnesty?” Also, big fines for Anthem Blue Cross, Blue Shield and other insurance companies for not paying California hospitals and doctors what they were owed.  On our rebroadcast of today’s To the Point, the Obama Administration says a quarter-million confidential documents released by WikiLeaks risk lives and threaten the conduct of diplomacy. Is there any upside to revealing secrets many people already suspected?

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Producers:
Katie Cooper
Frances Anderton
Gary Scott

Main Topic One Last Push for the DREAM Act 17 MIN, 16 SEC

After the results of this month's elections, supporters think comprehensive immigration reform is a lost cause in the next Congress. But President Obama says a "down payment" would be passage of what's called the DREAM Act during the lame-duck session. The Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act would apply to some 2.1 million people brought to the US illegally by their parents when they were under the age of 16. They'd get "conditional green cards" allowing them to work and putting them on a path to citizenship. We hear several perspectives, including that of Pedro Ramirez, Student Body President at Cal State Fresno, who was recently exposed as being in the US illegally.

Guests:
Gail Russell Chaddock, Christian Science Monitor (@RussellChaddock)
Pedro Ramirez, Student Body President, Cal State Fresno
Mark Krikorian, Center for Immigration Studies (@MarkSKrikorian)

Main Topic WikiLeaks Rips the Lid off US Diplomacy 21 MIN, 36 SEC

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton today denounced the release by WikiLeaks of a quarter-million documents she said "purport" to be confidential State Department communications.

 

Guests:
Alan Rusbridger, Guardian Newspaper
Roger Cressey, former Director for Counterterrorism, National Security Council
David Rieff, Policy Analyst
Trita Parsi, National Iranian American Council (@tparsi)

Treacherous Alliance

Trita Parsi

Reporter's Notebook Unemployment Insurance Running Out 6 MIN, 15 SEC

Unemployment in California is now officially 12.4 percent, two percent higher than it was a year ago. Unofficially about 16 percent are out of work. California is borrowing billions of dollars to pay for unemployment, but tomorrow extended benefits will expire for those who've been without jobs the longest, says Tom Abate, business reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle.

Guests:
Tom Abate, Business Reporter, San Francisco Chronicle

Making News California Regulator Fines Insurers for Underpayment 6 MIN, 22 SEC

California's seven largest health insurance companies have been fined almost $5 million for late payments and underpayments to hospitals and doctors. The State Department of Managed Health Care says mistakes the companies regard as a "cost of doing business" could cause healthcare delivery "to grind to a halt."  Duke Helfand is following the story for the Los Angeles Times.

Guests:
Duke Helfand, Los Angeles Times

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