Obama at the UN and Immigration to California
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The decades-long rush of foreigners to the United States is over and, in California, immigration is on the decline. We look at the causes and what it means for the economy and for politics. Plus, a raid on LA's Avenues gang by 1200 local and federal officials. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, in his first speech to the UN, Barack Obama said the US has been slow to address climate change. Can he help set the stage for international action? Is it already too late to prevent life-changing developments all over the world?
Barack Obama, the United Nations and Global Warming ()
At today's United Nations summit, President Obama addressed 100 world leaders on the need for action against climate change. Because of the worldwide recession, he said, they will all have trouble selling their own capitols on the need for difficult measures. He conceded the difficulties in Washington.
Gang Bust in LA ()
No less than 1200 heavily armed officers from the Los Angeles Police Department and the federal Drug Enforcement Agency conducted a coordinated raid early this morning with warrants for 88 members of the Avenues gang in Glassell Park and other neighborhoods. The Avenues goes back to the 1950's, but this episode started with the murder of Sheriff's Deputy Juan Abel Escalante last August as he was on his way to work at the county jail. Joel Rubin reports for the LA Times.
California's Shifting Demography ()
For 30 years, the United States has seen the rapid growth of immigration from foreign countries. Now, the US Census Bureau says the increase has come to an end. In California, immigration actually declined last year by almost 2%. Apparently it's all about the economy.
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