FROM Brian Bennett
Trump's travel ban and the long-term agenda President Trump’s travel ban suspended in courts has been revised . There’s no mention of any religion, and many thousands of people can enter the US after all. But, while Iraq has been removed from the list for banned travelers, it still applies only to Muslim-majority nations. Christian countries have never been mentioned -- even those also designated as potential sources of terror. But a judge says the State of Hawaii still has grounds for a challenge . We look at the impact of the changes and the ultimate goal: is it restoring Judeo-Christian domination and reversing the trend toward a multi-cultural nation?
Sanctuary cities prepare against threat of deportations In Sunday's interview with Leslie Stahl of 60 Minutes, Donald Trump said he still hopes to round up undocumented people as he's promised since the beginning of his campaign. His advisors are reportedly drafting plans to ramp up pressure on local police and jailers to identify immigrants in the country illegally. That could mean direct conflict with "sanctuary cities," like Los Angeles, whose Police Chief Charlie Beck says he won't go along. "We're going to maintain the same posture we always have. We don't make detentions or arrests solely based on status. If the federal government takes a more aggressive role in deportation, then they'll have to do it on their own." -- LAPD Chief Charlie Beck We hear more about what it would take for President Trump to carry out his plans from Brian Bennett, a national security reporter for the Los Angeles Times , and from Alan Berube, a senior fellow and deputy director at the Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Program.
China and Russia Using Hacked Data to ID US Spies According to US officials, foreign espionage services in Russia and China are cross-indexing hacked US databases to target American intelligence officers. They've reportedly compromised at least one secret network of scientists and engineers who provide support to undercover operatives overseas so far. Joining us from Washington, Brian Bennett, national security reporter for the Los Angeles Times explains this latest development in cyber-spying.
The "Deporter in Chief" Immigration reform activists are growing more and more frustrated with President Obama. A record number of illegal immigrants have been deported during his administration -- so many, in fact, that he’s earned the nickname “Deporter in Chief”. But a closer look at the deportation numbers reveal a much different story.
Will the Senate Make History with Immigration Reform? Early this morning, the so-called "Gang of 8" Senators from both political parties released an 800-page proposal that could lead to comprehensive immigration reform. Authors include Democrat Charles Schumer, Republicans John McCain and Lindsay Graham and, perhaps most important of all, the tea-party favorite, Republican Marco Rubio. Will a political compromise lead to historic legislation? Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4
Homeland Security May Give Up on Virtual Border Fence The Bush Administration started building a high-tech fence along the Mexican borders to monitor traffic in drugs and human beings. But Mother Nature has helped to defeat technology. After spending more than a billion dollars on cameras, radar and vibration sensors along the US-Mexican border, the Department of Homeland Security has decided not to exercise Boeing's one-year option to continue its work on the project. Brian Bennett reports from Washington for the Tribune Company .
Suicide Bomb Hits Iraq's Green Zone, Baghdad Bridge There was a breach of security in one of the world's most heavily guarded enclaves today when a suicide bomber struck inside Baghdad's Green Zone, where the Iraqi government is housed. Eight were killed, including three members of the Iraqi parliament. President strongly condemned the action, saying it "reminds us that there is an enemy willing to bomb innocent people in a symbol of democracy." Brian Bennett is in Baghdad for Time magazine.
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.
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.
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.