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In hopes of getting immigration reform, President Obama says he's getting tough on enforcement, but one program his administration calls "crucial" is getting resistance, not just from immigrants, but from states and localities around the country. We hear about "Secure Communities," and why the Governor of Illinois and the Sheriff of San Francisco are pulling out. Why does the Sheriff of Los Angeles County support it? Also, after presiding over four executions the former warden of San Quentin will now lead anti-capital punishment group Death Penalty Focus. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, can man control the mighty Mississippi?

Banner image: Los Angeles Airport police officers inspects traffic at a checkpoint at the entrance to Los Angeles International Airport May 2, 2011. Photo: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images

Producers:
Sonya Geis
Christian Bordal
Gary Scott

Main Topic Should Local Law Enforcement Work with Immigration Authorities? 19 MIN, 42 SEC

The Obama Administration says the program Secure Communities is "crucial" to finding criminal immigrants and deporting them. The fingerprints of every person booked by local police are checked by Immigration and Customs Enforcement with the stated goal of exporting illegal immigrants convicted of serious crimes. But the reality is different. ICE's own files reveal that in Illinois nearly one-third of those deported had no criminal convictions at all. Democratic Governor Pat Quinn says he's pulling out of the program. The Sheriff of San Francisco, with 30 years on the job, says he's pulling out, too. In Los Angeles, the ICE website shows that 12,741 immigrants have been deported because of the program since August, 2009, but one-fourth, or 2,961, had no criminal convictions at all. We hear from both sheriffs, and from an organization that gathered much of the data on Secure Communities from ICE files under the Freedom of Information Act.

Guests:
Michael Hennessey, Sheriff of San Francisco County
Lee Baca, Sheriff of Los Angeles County
Chris Newman, National Day Laborers Organizing Network (@newman_chris)

Reporter's Notebook Former Death Row Warden to Head Anti-Death Penalty Group 7 MIN, 19 SEC

Jeanne Woodford resigned as Governor Schwarzenegger's Director of Corrections and Rehabilitation four years ago. Before that, she spent 26 years at San Quentin prison, where she became the warden and presided over four executions. Now she's taking another job -- as Executive Director of Death Penalty Focus, a group working for the abolition of capital punishment. 

Guests:
Jeanne Woodford, Death Penalty Focus

Main Topic Can Man Control the Mighty Mississippi River? 25 MIN, 45 SEC

Can Man Control the Mighty Mississippi River?Since the great flood of 1927 killed hundreds of people, the Army Corps of Engineers has built 2000 miles of levees to tame the Mississippi. Now the system's being tested as never before, as the Corps is faced with opening spillways to devastate some places in order to save others. At stake either way are homes, businesses, billions in property damage and entire communities.  Is the River untamable after all? We hear from the Corps and its critics and from the Mayor of Vicksburg, Mississippi, one city that's bracing for a catastrophe.

Guests:
Paul Winfield, Mayor of Vicksburg
George 'Thatch' Shepard, US Army Corps of Engineers
Michael Grunwald, Time magazine (@MikeGrunwald)
Craig Colten, Louisiana State University
David Welky, University of Central Arkansas

An Unnatural Metropolis

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