Los Angeles and Obama's Modified Dream Act
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President Obama stunned the nation last week by announcing that some undocumented workers brought here when they were children will not be deported. Few places will be as deeply affected as Southern California. How selective is the process, and what are the rules? Are they unfair to native born citizens in the same age group? Also, the apparently accidental drowning of Rodney King, the accidental agent of change in Los Angeles. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, the Arab Spring turns to Winter in Egypt.
Banner image: Immigration activists gather in front of the White House to celebrate the Obama Administration's announcement about deportation of illegal immigrants June 15, 2012 in Washington, DC. Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images
Los Angeles and Obama's Modified Dream Act ()
When he decided to block the deportation of some undocumented immigrants brought here by their parents, President Obama emphasized the limitations of his executive order. To get a two-year reprieve from deportation and qualify for a work permit, a candidate must have been brought to the US before the age of 16. He or she must have lived here for at least five years, be currently in school, graduated from high school or be honorably discharged from the military. They cannot be over the age of 30. We get three perspectives, including one from an undocumented graduate of UCLA Law School.
Rodney King Dead at 47 ()
Rodney King has been called, "an accidental agent of change." His videotaped beating by officers of the Los Angeles Police Department led to what are still called "the Rodney King riots of 1992." As the upheaval was just beginning, he famously asked, "Can't we all get along?" King died early yesterday morning in his own swimming pool, apparently from an accidental drowning. He was 47 years old. Raphael Sonnenshein is Director of the Pat Brown Institute at Cal-State Los Angeles, and author of Politics in Black and White: Race and Power in Los Angeles.
Greek Elections and the Impact on the Euro ()
As the G-20 begins a meeting today in Mexico, with President Obama on hand, the big economic story is the election in Greece. Markets around the world reacted positively at first to the defeat of Syriza--the leftist anti-austerity party. But the vote was only 30% to 27 in favor of New Democracy. Alkman Granitsas, Bureau Chief in Greece and Cyprus for the Dow Jones Newswires and a contributor to the Wall Street Journal, joins us from Athens.
- Alkman Granitsas: Dow Jones Newswires
Muslim Brotherhood Wins Egypt Election; Military Consolidates Power ()
Mohammed Morsi, of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood, is claiming victory in this weekend's presidential runoff against Hosni Mubarak's former prime minister, Ahmed Shafik. But the military's Supreme Council has all but eliminated the new president's authority before he ever takes office. Is dictatorship being restored or is Egypt groping toward a fragile balance of political power? We get an update from Cairo, including Tahrir Square, and Washington.
- David Kirkpatrick: New York Times, @kirkpatricknyt
- Laura El-Tantawy: documentary photographer, @lauraeltantawy
- Steven Cook: Council on Foreign Relations, @stevenacook
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