President Obama followed up on last night's speech by signing a pair of memos associated with his executive action on immigration. The measures will let up to five million undocumented immigrants stay in the country temporarily. House Speaker John Boehner says the executive order is sabotaging President Obama's chances of passing other reforms that he wants. Speaker Boehner even said this will damage the presidency itself. Univision and Fusion anchor Jorge Ramos spoke with Anderson and said the President was pushed to take this action by Latino groups, but also by the inaction of Republicans.
Now that President Obama laid out his plan to take executive action on immigration, there is a new focus on the border. Some opponents say they believe the President's plan will lead to a flood of undocumented immigrants at the border. Gary Tuchman visited Nogales, Arizona and showed just how easy it is to scale the fence separating the U.S. from Mexico.
Republican Congressman Steve King from Iowa says President Obama has ‘no constitutional authority’ to take executive action on immigration that was laid out in a speech to the nation. Rep. King descried a wide variety of options to counter the President's plan, including a resolution of disapproval, censure and funding cuts.
Alberto Gonzales served as Attorney General during Pres. George W. Bush’s administration. He spoke with Anderson about ambiguities in the plan regarding Presidential power. He also said that he hoped that this will motivate the Congress to take legislative action instead.
Jose Antonio Vargas is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and the director of the film "Documented." Yesterday Vargas was detained by border patrol agents at an airport in McAllen, Texas. He was released on his own recognizance and spoke to Anderson. Vargas compared the region to a military base and explained that his only other option to leave was to be smuggled out.
Rosa Flores got a first-hand look at the impact of the violence that is driving so many people to flee their home countries in Central America. She reports from a morgue in Honduras, where some families are too scared to come forward to identify the remains of murdered loved ones.
One politician compared the immigration crisis to an invasion of the U.S., another suggested that children coming across the border could be violent gang members. A congressional candidate even protested a busload of YMCA campers after mistaking them for undocumented immigrants. Anderson is Keeping Them Honest as the clock ticks down to Congress' summer break.
Immigrants heading north through Mexico risk life and limb in hopes of crossing the border into the U.S. For many, the most dangerous part of the journey is a ride on the train that has been nicknamed both 'The Beast' and 'The Train of Death.' Gary Tuchman spoke to a mother who nearly lost an arm in an accident on 'The Beast' that cost her two-year-old son his leg.
Once immigrants reach the U.S., many are facing angry protests. In Oracle, Arizona, demonstrators made their voices heard after learning young undocumented immigrants would be making a local ranch their temporary home. Anderson discussed the volatile situation with Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu.
Gary Tuchman is in Mexico, following the trail that many immigrants are taking from Central America to the United States. He met people who are ready to risk life and limb to ride on a dangerous train heading north. He also meets a six-day-old baby born during her mother's journey to reach the U.S. border.
Nebraska is nowhere near America's southern border, but hundreds of undocumented immigrants are now living there. The Obama administration is sending the flood of recent arrivals far and wide, and that includes Nebraska. Governor Dave Heineman tells Anderson that he is not pleased the federal government has been keeping him in the dark about the situation.
After traveling thousands of miles, many illegal immigrants reach the U.S. with nowhere to go. They are arriving by the busload at receiving centers across the Southwest. Frustrated residents are making their voices heard and in many cases forcing the immigrants to go elsewhere. Randi Kaye takes a closer look.
Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa tells Anderson that both Republicans and Democrats need to 'stop the political football.'
Anderson spoke with Pulitzer Prize winning author Sonia Nazrio about her reporting on the violence that's driving the flood of young immigrants to the U.S. border. She calls for taking a 'humane and practical' approach to the crisis by setting up refugee camps.
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