Illegal immigrants having children faster than previously thought has serious implications for education and healthcare. We hear about a new report. We also speak with LA School Superintendent Ray Cortines about laying off 3500 teachers, and hear about new water rates for the southland. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, President Obama will stop in Mexico on his way to the Summit of the Americas. Will it be a symbolic exercise or the start of a new era in US relations with Latin America?
FROM THIS EPISODE
On a trip to Chile, Vice President Biden met with the leaders of several Latin American countries. But on his way to the Summit of the Americas, President Obama will visit just one. Tomorrow, he makes his first trip to Mexico.
Andres Rozental, veteran career diplomat in Mexico
John Ackerman, National Autonomous University of Mexico (@JohnMAckerman)
Julia Sweig, University of Texas-Austin (@JuliaSweig)
Paulo Sotero, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (@brazilportal)
Claudio Loser, former Director of the Western Hemisphere Department, International Monetary Fund
The Los Angeles Unified School District is in for continued struggle over last night's decision to lay off more than 5000 people, including 3500 newer teachers, those with too little seniority to have earned job protection. Koreatown's Del Olmo Elementary School will lose almost two-thirds of its teachers, despite a surge in test scores last year. Roman Cortines is the Superintendent who once warned that he might resign if cuts weren't made.
Ramon Cortines, Superintendent, Los Angeles Unified School District
The Pew Hispanic Center is a nonprofit in Washington that's used census data for a new profile of illegal immigrants in the US, including, of course, California. It shows a population made up of young families having children at a faster rate than previously estimated, and faster than native households or households of legal immigrants.
The Metropolitan Water District said today that water deliveries to much of Southern California will be cut this summer by 10%. At Los Angeles City Hall, a council committee endorsed a Department of Water and Power plan to encourage conservation by rising rates. David Nahai is General Manger of the Department of Water and Power.
David Nahai, David Nahai Consulting Services
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