FROM Raul Hinojosa-Ojeda
Is there New Hope for the Dreamers? After yesterday’s Republican victories, President Obama said he plans to issue executive orders to get around the GOP majorities in the Senate and Congress. One famous executive order that might be expanded is DACA — which stands for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals . We get an update and hear what life has been like for Los Otros Dreamers — the young people who’ve been deported to Mexico — the “native” country that’s foreign to them.
The Mayor of Los Angeles Goes to Mexico Most news reports about Mexico feature illegal immigration and the bloody violence of drug cartels. But, Mexico has the world's fourteenth largest economy, and it's growing fast enough to give California a run for its money. Eric Garcetti is in Mexico, on his first foreign trip since becoming Mayor of Los Angeles.
Illegal Immigration in California The Pew Hispanic Center is a nonprofit in Washington that's used census data for a new profile of illegal immigrants in the US, including, of course, California. It shows a population made up of young families having children at a faster rate than previously estimated, and faster than native households or households of legal immigrants.
Here Come The Mexican Trucks Both houses of Congress want to keep Mexican trucks off U.S. highways, despite the provisions of NAFTA , the North American Free Trade Agreement, passed fourteen years ago. President Bush has already started a pilot program, but opponents in both parties say it’s a risk to traffic safety, the environment and homeland security.
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?
What is Trump's plan for Middle East peace? On his first foreign tour, President Trump has promised "peace" between Israel and the Palestinians. Are there any details for re-starting talks that have been stalled for the past three years?
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?