Arizona Steps In Where Washington Fears to Tread
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Like George W. Bush before him, Barack Obama wants immigration reform. But that's a third rail on the track to November's elections. Arizona's a border state where traffic in guns, drugs and people is increasingly violent — and Republicans are demanding a crackdown. We hear the pros and cons. Also, a rescue for travelers stranded in Europe, and Tea Partiers, President Obama and America's trust in government.
Banner image: People walk past each other on opposite sides of the fence along the US-Mexican border in Nogales, Arizona. Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images
Flights to Resume over Europe ()
The Royal Navy has deployed three ships to continental Europe to rescue travelers stranded by volcanic ash from Iceland. At the same time, Britain plans a gradual reopening of its airspace, starting in Scotland. Edward Cody is foreign correspondent for the Washington Post.
- Edward Cody: Foreign Correspondent, Washington Post
Arizona Gets Tough on Immigration in Absence of Federal Reform ()
In 2006 the Republican US Senate passed immigration reform, but it never came to a vote in the House, which decided instead to build a fence on the border. In 2007 a Democratic Senate bill was twice withdrawn from the floor. Washington's failure at immigration reform has created a legal vacuum Arizona Republicans are eager to fill. They've passed a bill requiring police to demand papers of anyone they suspect of illegal entry and to bar day laborers from soliciting work on the street. Even chiefs of police warn about racial profiling, and alienating legal workers they need for help in enforcing the law. Others call it bad for business. Supporters are open about its goal of making life as miserable as possible for undocumented workers. We hear both sides.
- Leo Banks: Reporter, Tucson Weekly
- Steven Camarota: Director of Research, Center for Immigration Studies, @wwwCISorg
- Glenn Jenks: Episcopal Priest, Arizona Interfaith Network
- Luis Gutierrez: Congressman (D-IL)
- Doris Meissner: former Commissioner, US Immigration and Naturalization Service, @MigrationPolicy
American 'Distrust, Discontent' toward Government ()
A BBC World Service poll shows America's influence in the world as positive for the first time since 2005. President Obama is getting the credit. But in the US, pollsters are finding the highest level of distrust in Washington in 50 years. Is Obama getting the blame? Almost 80% of Americans say they don't trust Washington to do what is right. Just 22% says it's right "most of the time." Since the second term of Dwight Eisenhower in 1958, confidence in the federal government has been on the decline. Andrew Kohut is President of the Pew Research Center.
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