FROM Lavinia Limón
For refugees, coming to US is like winning the lottery President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban says that for 90 days there will be no new visas issued to people from six Muslim-majority countries. No refugees from any country will be allowed into the US for 120 days, and once that time period is up, the number of refugees allowed to enter per year will be capped at 50,000. For refugees spending years trying to win asylum, what will happen to them?
Is the US Breaking a Promise to Children at Risk? Tens of thousands of children face murderous street gangs, extortion and sexual violence in Central America. For those whose parents are legally in this country, President Obama pledged " an orderly alternative " to the terrifying journey through Mexico. But until they pass laborious screening, including DNA testing, they have to stay where they are — whatever the dangers might be. It's been a year since the President promised escape. Some 5400 kids have applied, but only 90 kids have even been interviewed. None has been admitted to the United States.
Central-American Minors in the U.S. Last year, thousands of unaccompanied minors fled to America from violence in places like El Salvador and Guatemala. President Obama promised to create a legal pathway for these children to enter the country. Almost a year ago, the Central American Minors program was launched. The idea was to reunite more than five thousand children, mostly from El Salvador, with their parents already in the U.S. So how many have been brought to America under the program? Zero.
George Saunders: Lincoln in the Bardo (Part I) Lincoln in the Bardo dramatizes a grieving President Lincoln as he visits the grave of his beloved son Willie, who died at age eleven. In the novel, the buried dead believe they're not dead -- "they're sick and refer to their coffins as "sick boxes."
Previewing James Comey's blockbuster testimony Former FBI director James Comey testifies Thursday in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee, but his opening statement has been released. In it, he says he felt pressured by Donald Trump to declare loyalty to him and publicly clear him of any wrongdoing in the Russia investigation.
Farewell LA freeways, Peter Shire is back Angelenos don't want more freeways but we seem not to want mass transit either. Metro has killed the 710 freeway extension, and bus and train ridership is down across the region. What's the future of getting around in LA? And, Peter Shire is having a comeback. What attracts a new generation to his playful ceramics and furniture?
Revisiting showrunner Steven Bochco on his memoir Steven Bochco, the writer-producer behind record-breaking Emmy winners Hill Street Blues, LA Law and NYPD Blue, fought battles with everyone from out-of-control actors to network censors in his long career. He isn’t afraid to tell those tales in his memoir, Truth Is a Total Defense. This week we revisit the conversation where he shared some of his favorite stories with us.