FROM Brett Dreyer
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."
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.