FROM Myrna Ortiz
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.
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.
White House budget proposal slashes and burns President Trump's first budget request is considered dead on arrival in Congress — a familiar development in Capitol Hill. We hear what it reveals about the priorities of the new administration. What's likely to die… and what might survive?
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?