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For different reasons, McCain, Obama and Clinton are not talking about illegal immigration, but the next President of the United States won't have any choice. The global economy has 200 million people on the move. Who gains and who loses? Now that borders are opening to money and goods, what about people? Also, Israel pulls out of northern Gaza, and tough talk and close polls in Ohio and Texas. We hear about candidates, issues and possible voting problems in tomorrow's primaries.
Israelis Pull Out after a Two-Day Military Operation in Gaza ()
Israel pulled out of northern Gaza today, in time for tomorrow's visit by Condoleezza Rice. But Prime Minister Ehud Olmert says the military operation is not over. Steve Erlanger is Jerusalem Bureau Chief for the New York Times.
Immigration: The Issue That Isn't There ()
John McCain is at odds with the Republican Party base, while Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are courting Hispanic votes. So debate about illegal immigration has quieted down, at least for the moment. There are 12 million undocumented workers in the United States and 200 million people are on the move worldwide, mostly from poor countries to richer ones. We get some global perspective on an issue the next President of the United States will have to deal with. Cheap labor and remittances are among the benefits. Broken families, lower wages and cultural change are some of the downsides. Borders are open to money. What if they were open to people?
- Roberto Suro: former Director, Pew Hispanic Center, @robertosuro
- Jason DeParle: Reporter, New York Times
- Lant Pritchett: Professor of Public Policy, Harvard University
- Demetrios Papademetriou: President, Migration Policy Institute
Nothing Quiet on the Midwestern Front ()
Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton face off tomorrow in Ohio and Texas, which is billed as the possible last day of their nominating campaign. Clinton may be increasing her lead in Ohio, while Obama's lead in Texas is within the margin of error. That's according to averages of the latest polls, which made predictions harder than ever. But Hillary Clinton says she's just getting started, and the Republican governor of Florida says his state might finance another Democratic primary. John Mercurio is executive editor of the Hotline, National Journal's daily online briefing on politics.
- John Mercurio: Senior Editor, The Hotline
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