FROM Edward Alden
Hurdles to hiring 15,000 more immigration enforcement agents A Department of Homeland Security memo calls for 5,000 new Border Patrol agents and 10,000 new Immigration and Custom Enforcement agents. But hiring that many new people is not easy. In the past, hiring surges have resulted in corruption scandals.
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?
Lead poisoning hits LA County It’s been three years since the lead crisis in Flint, Michigan began. Flint residents are still drinking bottled water. In LA County, there are areas with even higher rates of lead contamination, and in places you wouldn’t expect, like wealthy San Marino.
What does the Paris terrorist attack mean for Europe? There was another terrorist attack in Paris Thursday. A police officer was killed, two other officers were wounded, and the shooter was killed. Officials are calling the attack terrorism. There have been more than a half dozen terrorist attacks in France over the past two years.
Scathing audit finds UC President's office hid $175 million A state audit says the Office of the President at the University of California has kept secret more than $175 million. The report says salaries are a lot a higher in that office than in comparable offices. The audit comes just months after the UC system won approval for its first tuition hike in six years.