FROM Arturo Garino
Immigration Reform and Border Security The Senate's version of immigration reform would create the most militarized border "since the fall of the Berlin Wall," according to Senator John McCain. But mayors, sheriffs and others who live on the border say they don't need more helicopters, drones, watchtowers — or a doubling of the Border Patrol. Would $46 billion be wasted to satisfy opponents of a "path to citizenship" who don't understand the realities of life on the border? Today's Washington Post reports that a majority of Americans support "a path to citizenship" for undocumented workers. They also support border security, though enthusiasm drops off when those polled learn the cost. Are there alternatives that would provide security for less money, at the same time enhancing the economies of both the US and Mexico?
Mixed Messages from US diplomats on the new hard line on Syria Since President Trump's surprise retaliation against Syria's use of chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad has used the same airport to launch conventional attacks on his own people. It's not clear what the US, its allies — or Vladimir Putin's Russia -- plan to do now.
The flight bumping heard around 'round the world Recent video of a passenger forcibly removed from a United Airlines plane is a worst-case example of what's happened since consolidation into just four US-based carriers. Management seems to be tone-deaf to a decline in service — and even abuse — of passengers.
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.