Senate Debates Immigration Reform
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Senate Debates Immigration Reform

The US Senate made history of a kind yesterday by agreeing to a full debate on immigration reform. That hasn't happened in decades, despite a consensus that the current system is an ongoing disaster. The amendment process is already under way. We hear about today's action and the obstacle course that lies ahead. Also, thousands flee as wild fires rage in Colorado Springs, and an update from Istanbul, where Prime Minister Erdogan and protesters are guessing each others' next moves.

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As Wild Fires Rage, Thousands Flee in Colorado Springs ()

Two wildfires are out of control in Colorado. Thousands of people have fled from their homes, and dozens of houses have burned to the ground as the Black Forest Fire wreaks havoc near Colorado Springs. Kurtis Lee is there for the Denver Post.

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Immigration Reform: The Debate Begins ()

Yesterday, the US Senate voted 82 to 15 to let immigration reform come to the floor for the first time in decades. The vote was overwhelming, but nobody thinks it guarantees passage, and some opponents are pushing what supporters call "poison pills." Today, Senators on both sides of the aisle were lined up with amendments. There are bitter differences over border security, the need for workers and whether jobs should be saved for those born in this country. Democrats want to cement their hold on Hispanic voters. Some Republicans want to woo them away.  But, is the "path to citizenship" really "amnesty?" We hear about the opening act of a drama that's taken decades to reach the political stage and we'll look at possible outcomes.

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Uneasy Calm in Istanbul ()

Last night, riot police drove protesters from Taksim Square, in Central Istanbul, which has been the scene of increasingly violent confrontations. Prime Minister Recep Erdogan offered to talk today, but protest leaders reportedly called that a farce. "Not just young spoiling for a fight, but also their parents with goggles and masks"… "hearing constant explosions and sirens"… "excessive police brutality"…"I was hit in the chest with a tear gas canister, others worse."  Those are tweets from last night by Scott Peterson, who's based in Istanbul for the Christian Science Monitor.

 

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