Here And There with Dave Marash

President Donald Trump wants to build a wall on the US-Mexico border to keep out “bad dudes” and worse narcotic drugs.  Albuquerque Journal investigative reporter Mike Gallagher has done a 6-part series on the international market for illegal drugs called The Cartels Next Door and says a wall won’t even slow down the cross-border traffic in cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and the fentanyls.  Almost all of them, he says, are smuggled through legal Ports of Entry, the gateways through the wall.  

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First, Sallyport, a major US military contractor in Iraq hired two investigators to check out operations there.  The investigators found evidence of security violations, alcohol smuggling, theft of U.S. government equipment and sex trafficking, which, investigative reporter Desmond Butler of the Associated Press says, got them fired and their report buried.  But not for long.  The investigators told Butler what they’d found and what had happened to them and their report, and then things got really ugly. 

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The first round of France’s Presidential elections saw an almost perfect 4-way split in the votes.  But in the second round, the centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron defeated second-place finisher, the far-right candidate Marine Le Pen by a 3-2 margin.  What are the implications for France’s future.  Former 60 Minutes producer Barry Lando, a longtime resident of Paris has some interesting ideas. Can a post-ideological President, backed by a gender-balanced, politically varied Cabinet bring some competence to French governance?

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Finally an eye-witness to conditions inside Trump-era detention facilities used for unaccompanied minor immigrants.  Dr Fernando Stein, President of the American Academy of Pediatricians has seen the kids, their bunks, their holding areas.  His report will shock you.  Put more than a dozen kids in a single area, he says, you expect a lot of noise.  At the El Paso holding center there was dead silence, kids staring dead-eyed from their bunks.

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In California’s Central Valley, America’s most productive food-producing region, there is widespread fear of President Trump’s crackdown on undocumented immigrants.  Workers fear deportation, breaking families apart; farmers wonder who will harvest their crops.  Journalist Lauren Markham has talked with the migrants and their bosses.  But so far, most ICE raids have been in Southern California.  Will campaign contributions and personal relationships to Trump staffers add up to protection for workers and an industry in peril?

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New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez offered no suggestions during the State Legislature’s 60 day session earlier this year, but now she’s demanding a Special Session enact a full-scale overhaul of the budget-making process.  Milan Simonich on the Santa Fe New Mexican warns that’s an awfully big job for such a short session.  4 years ago, a rushed passage of a cut in corporate taxes, based on inaccurate estimates, enacted what has proved to be an economic disaster for the state. 

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Pictures of Western Washington Mental Hospital show an old-fashioned factory-sized institution, right out of the movie melodrama, The Snake Pit.  Seattle-based Associated Press investigative reporter Martha Bellisle says years of problems at the state’s largest mental hospital suggest the resemblance is more than skin-deep.  Dangerous inmates have escaped; needy inmates have been neglected; and relations between hospital management and staff, especially staff who work everyday with patients, could hardly be worse.

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It’s on everybody’s list of archeological marvels, the several Native American buildings in Chaco Canyon in northwestern New Mexico.  The amazing capitol of Chaco Puebloan culture has some protection from invasion by the oil and gas industry, but Pulitzer Prize-winning author Frank Clifford worries the protection could be too small-scale and too short-term to ward off the oncoming frackers.  The Bureau of Land Management predicts up to 4000 wells will be drilled as close as 10 miles from the UN World Heritage Site, Pueblo Bonito. 

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Last summer a flying squad of agents and informants working for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) went to work in Albuquerque.  What they found, whom they arrested see, to have been pre-determined, and not necessarily in a good way.  Reporter Jeff Proctor of nmindepth,com has investigated, and says, the mission’s alleged goal, busting “the worst of the worst,” does not seem to have been fulfilled.  

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For more than 20 years Carol Weston has been “Dear Carol” the advice columnist of Girls Life magazine.  She is also a best-selling author of books aimed at that same audience of teenaged girls.  Her latest is called Speed of Life.  You could say of the lives and concerns of American girls, the more things change, the more they stay the same.  Boys and how to relate to them; body image and how to get comfortable and confident with it; parents and co-existence. 

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