FROM Alan Gomez
Does the president want to kill DACA… or not? President Trump has passed the buck to Congress when it comes to DACA — at least for the next six months -- with high stakes for 800,000 "Dreamers." If the House and the Senate get bogged down in hurricane recovery and partisanship, will he reverse course and bail them out?
Are DACA's days numbered? Barack Obama created the program for "Dreamers" — 800,000 people brought to this country illegally before the age of 16. His Delayed Action for Childhood Arrivals program protects them from deportation if they attend school, join the military and have not committed a serious crime. They even have work permits. President Trump has until next Tuesday to end the program… and, if he doesn't, federal courts may do it for him, as we hear from Alan Gomez, who reports on immigration for USA Today .
Unilateral Immigration Reform: A Dream or a Nightmare? President Obama has outraged Congress with his executive order delaying deportation for up to five million illegal immigrants, but that controversial action may be easier to order than implement. Immigrants who’ve spent years avoiding detection may not have proof that they qualify. Since relief will be only temporary, many may not apply — but if they do, immigration officials could well be overwhelmed, and Republicans won’t just withhold legislative or financial support, they’ll be waiting to pounce on evidence of lax oversight or possible fraud. Will cities, states and nonprofit groups be willing or able to pick up the slack?
President Obama's Deportation Dilemma In five years, Barack Obama's deported almost two million undocumented immigrants — more than any other president. Immigrant advocates have labeled him "Deporter in Chief." With immigration reform passed by the Senate but stalled in the House, Democrats are worried about the Hispanic turnout in upcoming elections. Under pressure, Obama's called for more "humane" law enforcement, giving Republicans the chance to claim that's no enforcement at all. We hear what he wants to do and how each party is jockeying for control of the Senate this year and for the White House in 2016.
Obama Signals He's Open to GOP Immigration Plan This week's House Republican retreat on the Eastern Shore of Maryland may lead to a breakthrough on immigration reform. The emerging GOP plan would provide legal status to most undocumented immigrants, leading the way to legal permanent residence and a green card. Citizenship would not be guaranteed. Speaking today on CNN, President Obama reacted positively to the news. Alan Gomez is immigration reporter for USA Today .
Immigration Reform: A Push from the Right A so-called "conservative fly-in" of 600 corporate executives, police chiefs, farmers and evangelicals rallied at the Chamber of Commerce office on Capitol Hill today. They're smaller in number than the crowds of immigration advocates who've appeared on the Washington Mall, but this time some Republicans might be listening. About 80 GOP members may need the support of Latino voters badly enough to agree to some form of legalization and a "path to citizenship." Does this leadership-lobby have the clout to get immigration reform moving again? Does it have the backing of its own grassroots members?
White House budget proposal slashes and burns President Trump's first budget request is considered dead on arrival in Congress — a familiar development in Capitol Hill. We hear what it reveals about the priorities of the new administration. What's likely to die… and what might survive?
Venezuela spirals into economic and political chaos Venezuela, a country whose potential for prosperity is unmatched, finds itself on the verge of civil war. What sustains the repressive government? With time running out, guest host León Krauze looks at what the international community can do to pull the country from the edge of collapse.
Janesville and the American Dream Janesville, Wisconsin is the hometown of Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan. But he couldn’t prevent the closing of the General Motors factory after 100 years. On this Memorial Day rebroadcast of To the Point, we hear what’s happened to what once was a model of American middle-class unity.