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.
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.
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.
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.
Will the march for science politicize objective research? Protesters are gathering all over the country for tomorrow's Earth Day March for Science. Since President Trump has proposed massive cuts in basic scientific research, will the movement be perceived as partisan politics — whether scientists themselves like it or not?