FROM Tomas Jimenez
Is US Immigration the Latest Humanitarian Crisis? More than 50,000 children, most alone and from Central America, have tried to cross the US-Mexican border since October. Officials are expecting that number to increase to 90,000 by the end of the year. The flood of unaccompanied minors, often suffering from abuse or ill health, has overwhelmed border officials. In response the US government is building a new holding facility for the children in McAllen, Texas. But questions remain about their legal status, and whether they should stay in this country or be repatriated.
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.
The Trump agenda: where's the beef? President Trump says big things are happening. After celebrating a House bill on health care, he doesn’t yet have Senate agreement. With James Comey’s public testimony scheduled tomorrow, the President today tweeted his selection of a new FBI Director. Is the Chief Executive all style and no substance? Later, terror attacks in Iran and conflicting claims about who’s behind them.