Alabama, Illegal Immigration and the Presidential Campaign
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With no federal action on immigration reform, more states are passing crackdowns of their own — with Alabama's the toughest so far. While courts try to decide if it's Constitutional, where do the President and his GOP challengers stand? Will the growing Hispanic vote help make illegal immigration an issue in next year's campaign? Also, Libya's National Transitional Council rejects UN peacekeepers. On Reporter's Notebook, does Dick Cheney’s biography reveal more than he wanted?
Banner image: Protesters against Arizona's new immigration law hold a rally at Union Square in New York on May 1, 2010 as more than a million people from coast to coast hold May Day rallies. Photo by Timothy A. Clary/Getty Images
Libyans Reject UN Peacekeepers ()
Libya's National Transitional Council asked for international help in unseating Moammar Gadhafi, and that probably happened because of the US and other NATO countries. Now the United Nations has proposed an international force on the ground in the country, but the NTC has flatly refused. Vivienne Walt is a veteran reporter on Libya, now at Time magazine in Paris.
Alabama, Illegal Immigration and the Presidential Campaign ()
Alabama has outdone Arizona with a punitive crackdown on illegal immigrants that was scheduled to become law tomorrow. It's being held up temporarily by a federal judge, while Georgia, South Carolina, Utah, Indiana and other states wait to see if it reaches the US Supreme Court. With 12 million undocumented workers in the US and no federal reform, the big question is whether the Constitution allows states to act on their own. Meantime, immigration could be important in next year's campaign. We look at the President's record, his GOP challengers and the growing Hispanic vote.
- Daniel Altschuler: freelance journalist
- Cecillia Wang: American Civil Liberties Union
- Mark Krikorian: Center for Immigration Studies, @MarkSKrikorian
- Lynn Tramonte: America's Voice
History According to Cheney in His New Memoir ()
Former Vice President Dick Cheney's memoir, In My Time, was officially released yesterday, but advance copies have been poured over by many reviewers. Barton Gellman, contributing editor for Time magazine, is the author of Angler, a book on the former vice president and avid fly-fisherman. He finds Cheney's own book, "a predictable reprise of old arguments" with "quite a bit of new material."
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