FROM Brett Dreyer
Immigration Enforcement Hits LA Employers During the Bush Administration, Immigration and Customs Enforcement conducted highly publicized raids on companies where undocumented workers were suspected to be employed. Hundreds of workers were detained and many were imprisoned, deported or both. The Obama Administration has adopted a different strategy, auditing employment records at suspect companies and pressuring employers to fire workers whose citizenship is questionable. One ICE audit led to the firing of 1800 people, more than a fourth of the work force at one of LA's biggest employers. Because American Apparel pays well, offers health benefits and has even given stock to its workers, Mayor Villaraigosa has called the dismissals "devastating."
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.
White House flip flops: NATO, Syria and China In less than 100 days, President Trump has contradicted himself on a host of foreign policy issues — Syria, NATO, China and Vladimir Putin’s Russia. Is it a strength — or a weakness — for the United States when the world of power politics never knows what to expect?