The Obama Administration has new rules for immigration enforcement, but so far they’re secret. Is the midst of recession the best or the worst time to raid businesses in search of illegal workers? On our rebroadcast of today’s To the Point, Defense Secretary Gates wants to end production of the F-22 jet fighter, which provides jobs in 44 states, including California. We hear about the upcoming battles over a defense budget that reorients the Pentagon from conventional warfare to counterinsurgency.
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Southern California's last major airplane production line is in the Long Beach factory that turns out the C-17 cargo plane. It was slated to close in the summer of next year but early this year, President Obama singled it out for funding. Now comes Secretary Gates' so-called “reform budget.” Republican Congressman Dana Rohrabacher of Huntington Beach is senior member of the International Relations Committee and a guardian of the C-17.
Dana Rohrabacher, Congressman (R-CA)
An immigration raid in the State of Washington took Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano by surprise. Now all but one of the 28 workers arrested have been released, and a change of policy is in store. New guidelines have been drawn up, but they're being kept secret. What about those who supported Barack Obama in hopes of seeing immigration reform?
Angelica Salas, Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (@ASalasCHIRLA)
Roberto Suro, University of Southern California (@robertosuro)
Steven Camarota, Center for Immigration Studies (@wwwCISorg)
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