FROM Judy London
What happens to Dreamers if Trump rescinds DACA? President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program gives temporary legal status to so-called Dreamers, undocumented immigrants who entered the U.S. before age 16 and before June 2007. Almost 750,000 Dreamers have registered with the program. Donald Trump has promised to rescind it. We hear from Judy London, who heads the Immigrants’ Rights Project at Public Counsel, and an immigrant from Korea, who has requested anonymity for fear of her safety as a so-called dreamer.
Mini Dream Act Rolls Out in Los Angeles Congress failed to pass the so-called “Dream Act,” granting citizenship to illegal immigrants brought to this country as children and raised as Americans. But President Obama ordered a temporary reprieve from deportation. Undocumented people under 31 with no criminal records can apply for two-year delays. Out of an estimated 1.4 potentially qualified nationwide, about 400,000 live in Southern California. The program starts tomorrow, and the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights in Los Angeles is already seeing long lines of young people. Outside the office, Saul Gonzalez talked with Marcela Rodriguez, who drove to LA from Corona. Her mother brought here to the US when she was just a year old, and Saul asked what a change in status would mean for her life and her education plans.
Los Angeles and Obama's Modified Dream Act When he decided to block the deportation of some undocumented immigrants brought here by their parents, President Obama emphasized the limitations of his executive order. To get a two-year reprieve from deportation and qualify for a work permit, a candidate must have been brought to the US before the age of 16. He or she must have lived here for at least five years, be currently in school, graduated from high school or be honorably discharged from the military. They cannot be over the age of 30. We get three perspectives, including one from an undocumented graduate of UCLA Law School.
Trump's opening offer: Making some of America 'great again?' A massive increase for the Pentagon at the expense of domestic programs. We hear about winners and losers in the President's first proposed budget.
The defeat of ISIS: Not if… but when President Trump campaigned on promise to speed up the crushing of the so-called Islamic State. This week, the Pentagon provided a "framework" of options. We hear the pros and cons.
Cover-up or witch hunt?: The latest on the WH ties to Russia Less than two months into his Presidency, Donald Trump is struggling to get his agenda under way, making it harder himself with tweets that dominate public attention. Meanwhile, important questions are going unanswered: why have staff members and the Attorney General lied about contacts with Russian officials?