The GOP: Split Down the Middle on Immigration Reform
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Immigration reform is back on the Capitol Mall today—but it might not reach the halls of Congress. We’ll hear what demonstrators are hoping for, especially the so-called “Dreamers” brought here as children. What are the prospects for any legislation this year? Also, the United Nations initiates its 8-month plan to dismantle and destroy Syria's 1000-ton arsenal of chemical weapons, and author David Finkel provides extraordinary access to the thoughts and emotions of Iraq-war veterans struggling with PTSD.
The Plan to Destroy Syria's Chemical Weapons ()
The United Nations is about to embark on a mission that’s never been tried before: the dismantling and destruction of Syria’s 1000-ton arsenal of chemical weapons in just 8 months. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has announced that a team of 100 specialists will be chosen from the Organization for the prohibition of Chemical Weapons based in The Hague. Sangwon Yoon covers the UN for Bloomberg News.
What's Next for Immigration Reform? ()
The US Senate has passed sweeping immigration reform, but it’s stalled in the House. Traditional Republicans support immigration reform in terms of free-market economics and family unity. Others worry about the growing Hispanic vote. But a growing number of GOP members are pledged to vote against any immigration bill—whatever it says—claiming it’ll turn into “amnesty.”
This weekend, businesses, religious organizations and activists organized events in 40 states at 150 different locations and today, the Camino Americano: March for Dignity and Respect has arrived on the Capitol Mall.
One group represented today are children brought to this country by their parents and raised as Americans. This summer, a group calling themselves the “Dream Nine” staged a different kind of protest on their own. The "Dream Nine” were released on parole in August and allowed to return home pending an immigration judge’s decision on their claim of asylum. That could take years.
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Author David Finkel on the Long Road Home from Iraq ()
In 2007, during the so-called “surge” in Iraq, David Finkel of the Washington Post embedded with the 2-16 battalion in East Baghdad. He produced a book about the realities of warfare called, The Good Soldiers. Then he embedded again—with the soldiers as veterans, along with their families. They spoke to him with a degree of candor and openness that makes his latest book Thank You For Your Service read like a novel. The book is being hailed as a masterpiece of its kind—not just by reviewers but by people who try to help those veterans of combat who are forced to struggle to get their civilian lives back together.
- David Finkel: 'Thank You For Your Service'
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