High-level Talks in Moscow and Immigration Enforcement in LA
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The Obama Administration has a new strategy for finding undocumented workers. Surprise raids are out. Audits of employment records are in. What will it mean for LA's economy and immigration reform in Washington? Also, does California's constitution need reform. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, Hillary Clinton's in Moscow to talk about Iran's nuclear program and the Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty, not to mention Afghanistan. We hear about diplomacy, war and nuclear weapons.
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High-level Talks in Moscow ()
At the United Nations less than a month ago, Russian President Medvedev was asked about Iran developing the capacity to build nuclear weapons. "In some cases" he said," sanctions are inevitable." But in Moscow yesterday, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said sanctions would be "counterproductive." He was standing next to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
- James Collins: former US Ambassador to the Russian Federation
- Binoy Kampark: Lecturer in International Relations, RMIT University
- James Kitfield: National Security Correspondent, National Journal
Immigration Enforcement Hits LA Employers ()
During the Bush Administration, Immigration and Customs Enforcement conducted highly publicized raids on companies where undocumented workers were suspected to be employed. Hundreds of workers were detained and many were imprisoned, deported or both. The Obama Administration has adopted a different strategy, auditing employment records at suspect companies and pressuring employers to fire workers whose citizenship is questionable. One ICE audit led to the firing of 1800 people, more than a fourth of the work force at one of LA's biggest employers. Because American Apparel pays well, offers health benefits and has even given stock to its workers, Mayor Villaraigosa has called the dismissals "devastating."
- Brett Dreyer: Head of Worksite Enforcement, ICE
- Peter Schey: President, Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law
- Tara Setmayer: Communications Director, Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA)
Everyone, No One Wants Reform in California ()
The latest Field poll shows that 51% of Californians want to reform the Constitution, with 38% saying they’d participate in a convention for six months for $50,000. Today in Sacramento, the University of California’s Institute of Governmental Studies is holding a conference on constitutional change. Joe Mathews, Irvine Senior Fellow at the New America Foundation, is author of The People’s Machine: Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Rise of Blockbuster Democracy.
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