FROM Edward Alden
Hurdles to hiring 15,000 more immigration enforcement agents A Department of Homeland Security memo calls for 5,000 new Border Patrol agents and 10,000 new Immigration and Custom Enforcement agents. But hiring that many new people is not easy. In the past, hiring surges have resulted in corruption scandals.
Immigration Reform and Border Security The Senate's version of immigration reform would create the most militarized border "since the fall of the Berlin Wall," according to Senator John McCain. But mayors, sheriffs and others who live on the border say they don't need more helicopters, drones, watchtowers — or a doubling of the Border Patrol. Would $46 billion be wasted to satisfy opponents of a "path to citizenship" who don't understand the realities of life on the border? Today's Washington Post reports that a majority of Americans support "a path to citizenship" for undocumented workers. They also support border security, though enthusiasm drops off when those polled learn the cost. Are there alternatives that would provide security for less money, at the same time enhancing the economies of both the US and Mexico?
Uber at the LA Times, Preserving LA, 'The Handmaid's Tale' Uber moves into the Times Mirror Square complex in downtown LA. Preservationists want Frank Gehry to incorporated a mid-century bank into his mixed-use project on Sunset. And Hulu's The Handmaid's Tale uses color and costume to make a dystopian story visually stunning.
Fighting for the soul of the California Democratic Party Over the weekend, Eric Bauman was elected as the new chair of the California Democratic Party. But his main opponent, progressive Kimberly Ellis has not conceded. It was a raucous weekend with Bernie Sanders supporters saying the party is not listening to their concerns.
Why was FBI Director James Comey fired? Was James Comey fired as head of the FBI because he mishandled the Clinton emails, or because he was investigating the Trump campaign’s Russia ties? We also hear from Gil Cedillo, who’s facing a runoff election against Joe Bray-Ali for City Council District 1.
Who will lead California's Democratic Party? It’s been a hectic week in politics. There’s been talk of impeachment, Watergate, and Mike Pence’s political action committee. Also, the California Democratic Party is having its convention in Sacramento this weekend, where they’ll talk strategy and pick a new leader.