FROM Joseph Budzinski
Administration Tightens Screws on Undocumented, Employers " Comprehensive Immigration Reform " was a big loser this year for President Bush and many Democrats, mostly because it included a pathway to legalization for 12 million undocumented workers, which was denounced as "amnesty." Now the Administration has announced a multi-agency crackdown to begin in the next 30 days, with measures that include new pressure on employers to fire illegal immigrant workers. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff warns that tough enforcement will cause economic pain, but that employers should have seen it coming. Opponents say it'll make things worse. Supporters say it's about time. We debate the impact on the construction industry and grocery prices. Can local communities take matters into their own hands?
Nuclear crisis on the Korean Peninsula slowly coming to a head North Korea did not conduct a nuclear test this weekend, but it did show apparent progress in developing a missile that that could strike the United States. The Trump Administration says it has lost its "strategic patience." We hear what that might -- or might not -- mean for North Korea, China and the prospects for diplomacy.
In Janesville, WI, Middle America meets the new 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. We hear what's happened to what once was a model of American middle-class unity.
Is Venezuela becoming a dictatorship? Venezuela may have the world's largest oil reserves, but it's a nation in trouble… economically and politically. Is a populist promise to rescue democracy turning out to be a prelude to dictatorship?