FROM Jorge-Mario Cabrera
Can't a Republican Get Any Peace? Internet moguls and evangelicals, big business and organized labor are among the odd bedfellows pushing Republicans in Congress to vote for immigration reform. Instead of waiting until the end of the August recess, the campaign is being stepped up. This morning, a caravan of 100 cars and four buses left Dodger Stadium for the office of Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy in Bakersfield. One organizer was CHIRLA , the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles. McCarthy and other Republican leaders favor a step-by-step approach that emphasizes border security, but he's still getting heat from groups like Californians for Population Stabilization .
New Policy Offers Relief for Illegal Immigrant Youth As we discussed in our 'Making News' segment, President Obama has ordered a major change in American immigration policy , partial implementation of the so-called "Dream Act." The President's blocking of the deportations of hundreds of thousands of young illegal immigrants brought to the country as children ends a years-long standoff with Latino advocates who are crucial to the President's re-election campaign.
Third Day of Protest after Police Kill Manuel Jamines Chief Charlie Beck and other officials planned to attend a community meeting tonight in Westlake, the MacArthur Park neighborhood where an officer shot and killed Manuel Jamines on Sunday after they say he threatened them with a knife. Police in riot gear arrested 22 protesters last night and four the night before. We get two perspectives.
Los Angeles Police Chief Promises Full Investigation after Officers Charge Demonstrators During yesterday’s immigrants’ rights marches, 25,000 people demonstrated peacefully for several hours in downtown LA. But in MacArthur Park toward the end of the day, the scene turned ugly. Police say people not associated with the marches were throwing rocks and plastic bottles. Eight adults and one juvenile were arrested; 15 officers were injured and at least 15 civilians were hospitalized. At City Hall late this afternoon, there was a news conference with several city officials. They promised three investigations: two by the LAPD and one by the Inspector General of the Mayor’s appointed Police Commission.
Janesville and the American Dream Janesville, Wisconsin is the hometown of Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan. But he couldn’t prevent the closing of the General Motors factory after 100 years. On this Memorial Day rebroadcast of To the Point, we hear what’s happened to what once was a model of American middle-class unity.
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.
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?
Trump's new look at civil rights and global warming President Trump is reportedly ready to pull the US out of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. We look at the possible consequences. On the second half of the program, we hear about cuts in Obama-Era civil rights programs called for by the Trump Administration's first budget plan.