Is a 'Border Surge' Bad for Business at the Border?
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The Senate's immigration reform bill links "a path to citizenship" for undocumented workers to massive spending on border security. Why do people who live on the border call it a waste of billions of dollars? We look at potential alternatives. Also, a Russian anti-Putin activist is sentenced to five years in prison, On today's Talking Point, can the Administration sell Obama care the same way it sold Obama?
Banner image" The towns of Nogales, Arizona (L) and Nogales, Mexico stand separated by a high concrete and steel fence. Photo: Sgt. 1st Class Gordon Hyde/US Army
Five Years in Jail for Russian Anti-Putin Activist ()
Russia's most popular dissident, Alexei Navalny, has called President Vladimir Putin the country's "main thief." Today, he was sentenced to five years in prison for embezzlement and removed from the courtroom in handcuffs. That led to protests on the streets of Moscow, where Miriam Elder reports for the Guardian.
Immigration Reform and Border Security ()
The Senate's version of immigration reform would create the most militarized border "since the fall of the Berlin Wall," according to Senator John McCain. But mayors, sheriffs and others who live on the border say they don't need more helicopters, drones, watchtowers — or a doubling of the Border Patrol. Would $46 billion be wasted to satisfy opponents of a "path to citizenship" who don't understand the realities of life on the border? Today's Washington Post reports that a majority of Americans support "a path to citizenship" for undocumented workers. They also support border security, though enthusiasm drops off when those polled learn the cost. Are there alternatives that would provide security for less money, at the same time enhancing the economies of both the US and Mexico?
- Elyse Golob: University of Arizona
- Arturo Garino: City of Nogales
- Edward Alden: Council on Foreign Relations
- Eddie Aldrete: International Bank of Commerce, @AldreteEddie
Today's Talking Point
Can Campaign Pollsters Sell Obamacare to Young Adults? ()
Strategists successfully used Big Data to micro-target the young people who helped elect and re-elect President Obama. Now those same strategists are using the same technology with a new goal: getting young people to buy heath insurance. President Obama today turned a news conference into a selling job with arguments designed to recruit young people to buy health insurance. We hear how they're doing it from Sara Kliff, health policy reporter for the Washington Post, and Jonathan Alter, news analyst for MSNBC and author of The Center Holds: Obama and his Enemies.
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