FROM Glenn Jenks
Arizona Gets Tough on Immigration in Absence of Federal Reform On party-line votes, majorities in Arizona’s House and Senate have passed the toughest anti-immigration bill in the country. Republican Governor Jan Brewer says she is “considering” whether to sign it.
Arizona Gets Tough on Immigration in Absence of Federal Reform In 2006 the Republican US Senate passed immigration reform, but it never came to a vote in the House, which decided instead to build a fence on the border. In 2007 a Democratic Senate bill was twice withdrawn from the floor. Washington's failure at immigration reform has created a legal vacuum Arizona Republicans are eager to fill. They've passed a bill requiring police to demand papers of anyone they suspect of illegal entry and to bar day laborers from soliciting work on the street. Even chiefs of police warn about racial profiling, and alienating legal workers they need for help in enforcing the law. Others call it bad for business. Supporters are open about its goal of making life as miserable as possible for undocumented workers. We hear both sides.
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.
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.
Trump's 'America First' goes missing abroad In the Middle East, President Trump is changing some policies of the Obama Administration—and reversing his own campaign attacks on Islam as a religion that "hates us." We hear about his visit to Saudi Arabia and what's at stake for the rest of his foreign excursion.
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.