American Citizens Caught in the Immigration Crackdown Net
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The Obama Administration's crackdown on illegal immigrants has snagged at least four American citizens in Los Angeles County, at least three in the last month. One father of four had to sleep on the floor in the county jail, even though a judge had ordered that he be released. We hear about the "Secure Communities" program from the head of US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the ACLU and others. Also, an update on the 60 Freeway, still closed between the 605 and the 710. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, when the wealthy sneeze, the economy catches cold.
Banner image: US citizen Antonio Montejano discusses being detained under the Secure communities program.
Tanker Truck Fire Creates Chaos for Commuters on the 60 Freeway ()
Since 8800 gallons of gasoline burned in a tanker fire yesterday under the Paramount Boulevard Bridge, the 60 freeway has been closed for 10 miles between the 605 and the 710. Now Caltrans says it will be open again for commuters, but not until tomorrow night. Ben Baeder is former deputy metro editor at the San Gabriel Valley Tribune. He's now a freelance reporter.
- Ben Baeder: freelance journalist
Is LA 'Secure' for American Citizens? ()
The Obama Administration is setting records for deporting illegal immigrants with the highest rate in six decades. But some American citizens are being caught in the net. In the past few weeks, at least three citizens have been detained in Los Angeles County at the request of federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement or ICE. It's part of the Secure Communities program, under which the fingerprints of everyone arrested and booked by local law enforcement are checked against a federal database.
- Julia Preston: New York Times, @JuliaPrestonNYT
- John Morton: US Immigration and Customs Enforcement
- Steve Whitmore: Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, @sheriffspio
- Jennie Pasquarella: ACLU of Southern California
When the Wealthy Sneeze, the Economy Catches Cold ()
The wealthiest Americans are a changing breed as conservative savers turn into manic spenders. Risk-taking millionaires can find themselves living out of their cars. What does that mean for the rest of us? Can government programs be sustained if they depend on taxing the least stable segment of the consumer economy?
- Robert Frank: Wall Street Journal
- Brad Williams: California Legislative Analyst's Office (formerly)
- Jacob Hacker: Yale University
- James Pethokoukis: American Enterprise Institute, @jimpethokoukis
Which Way L.A.? is made possible in part by the Ralph M. Parsons Foundation, the Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation, the Nathan Cummings Foundation, and the John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation, which supports study and research into policy issues of the Los Angeles region.
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