FROM Nestor Valencia
Bell Takes a Stand on Temporary Housing for Undocumented Children The number of undocumented children arriving in the US from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras has now reached 61,000 in just nine months. In Murietta, demonstrators have told them to go home. The Planning Commission of Escondido, in San Diego County, has turned down a permit to build a shelter. In the City of Bell, it’s a different story. Mayor Nestor Valencia and his entire city council want to put down the Welcome Mat.
Bell Mayor Vows to Help Immigrant Children The mayor of Bell came into the U.S. illegally as a child from Mexico. Now he’s working with the Salvation Army to help house undocumented children who are flowing over the border from Central America. He talks about his own history and how that’s informing him now.
Bell Scandal Sentencing and Corruption Beyond Today was “the Big One” for the city of Bell, one of California’s poorest cities. Coming up for a sentence on corruption charges, former City Manager, Robert Rizzo, once paid $1.5 million a year, told Judge Kathleen Kennedy he “breached the public’s confidence” by looking more to himself than the community.
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?
Trump's 'America First' goes missing abroad In the Middle East, President Trump is changing some policies of the Obama Administration—and reversing his own campaign attacks on Islam as a religion that "hates us." We hear about his visit to Saudi Arabia and what's at stake for the rest of his foreign excursion.
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.