FROM John Paul Ledesma
Mission Viejo Stands Up against Undocumented Workers After Lake Forest passed a "no trespassing law" aimed at illegal immigrants, undocumented workers moved next door to Mission Viejo. Last night, the upscale city of Mission Viejo went a step further. By a unanimous vote, the City Council gave final approval to a new ordinance, which requires city contractors to weed out unauthorized workers. Starting July 1, all new hires and new city employees will be screened on the Internet through the Basic Pilot Program run by the federal department of Homeland Security. Does the system work? Is Mission Viejo trespassing on federal law? Can local economies survive in Southern California without immigrant workers--legal or otherwise?
Truth and Lies in Trumpland Donald Trump is using mis-information like no President has before him. It's an unprecedented challenge to the news media, and a potential threat to democracy. We hear how the "leader of all the people" is dividing Americans and confusing the rest of the world.
Why Don't Facts Matter? "Fake News" may have a long history, but social media and 21st Century politics have brought it front and center. One reason for its appeal and its power is the tendency of so many people to cling to their beliefs — even when confronted with contradictory evidence. Today, another look at the Emotional States of America.
"Tough on crime" rhetoric sees a revival at Sessions' DOJ The pendulum swings between treatment-focused approaches to drug abuse and tough law enforcement. Now, after years of Obama-era "reforms," President Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions wants local police freed from federal restrictions to fight another "war on drugs."