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In Las Vegas today, President Obama endorsed the principles laid down by a bipartisan group of Senators: tougher border controls, easier verification for employment, speeded-up family reunification and a path to citizenship for 11 million illegal residents.  We hear excerpts from his speech and reaction from a cross section of Southern Californians. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, is Detroit the end of the American Dream or the hope of the future?

Producers:
Katie Cooper
Evan George
Sonya Geis

Main Topic President Obama and Immigration Reform

In Las Vegas today, President Obama said it's good news that bipartisan groups in both houses of Congress are finally addressing immigration reform. The President endorsed the general principles laid down yesterday by a bipartisan group of US Senators, the most controversial aspect of which may be what's called the path to citizenship. Cautioning that the debate is sure to become emotional, he warned against letting it devolve into "us" versus "them." What's the likely impact of the immigration debate on the Republican Party, currently at an historic low point in California's political history?

 

Guests:
Pilar Marrero, La Opinión (@PilarMarrero)
Thomas A. Saenz, Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (@MALDEF)
Karthick Ramakrishnan, University of California, Riverside (@karthickr)
Ira Mehlman, Federation for American Immigration Reform (@FAIRImmigration)
Jon Fleischman, Breitbart California (@FlashReport)

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