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we are less than. >> are you going to take them away. >> no. >> what are you going to do? >> let's start with banning the kinds of rifles that destroy people -- >> reckless use is 1% of all crimes in this country. >> we're not going to set it will and solve it right now thanks for spending your sunday morning with us i'm jake tapper in washington. fareed zakaria gps starts right now. this is gpv the global public square. welcome to all of you in the united states and around the world, i'm fareed zakaria coming to you today from los angeles. we'll start today's show with guns. just why is america so different from the rest of the world when it comes to firearms? >> why do we have to march on washington just to save innocent lives? >> and just what does the second amendment really mean? i will talk to two great experts.
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then, what is russia's response to robert mueller's indictment of russian nationals? will the charges have any effect on moscow's meddling? we'll explore. also, the ongoing war in america over immigration. what does the trump administration want the face of america to look like? how should the democrats respond? but first, here's my take. a few weeks ago the economist intelligence unit published the tenth edivision its democracy index and for the second consecutive year, the united states failed to make the top bracket, a full democracy. and was grouped in the second one, flawed democracy. america's slide is part of a global trend. in this year's report, scores dropped for more than half the world's countries. larry diamond described ten years ago as a democratic
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recession shows no sign of ending. the nature of this recession is perhaps best seen by looking at the state of the free press worldwide. take kenya. until very recently considered a hopeful story of democratic progress. last month kenyan president kenyatta instructed the main country's television stations not to cover an opposition event and when they refused, he shut them down. turkey is now the world's foremost jailer of journalists according to the committee to protect journalists. let me underscore that are fact. the government that has imprisoned more journalist than any other is democratically collected. and one year after the failed 2016 coo attempt, a u.n. report found that at least one 77 news outlets had been shut down in turkey. it might be possible to brush these stories aside as the inevitable back cracking of developing countries. but what to make of the turn of events in hungary and poland?
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two places that wholeheartedly embraced democracy off the fall of the soviet union. they have used a series of tactics to muffle the u.s. they have taken over public broadcast, showered media with advertising money and cut advertising spending in critical platforms. many of these same tactics are being plid in poland which has been a poster child for the stellar economic reforms since the fall of communism. even in israel and india we're witnessing systematic efforts to strengthen power of independent media. the allegations against prime minister benjamin netanyahu which he denies includes his dealing with press barons to ensure favorable coverage. they have launched a highly questioning fraud and money laundering case against ndtv, a powerful and persistent critic
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of some of its poll elizabeth sies. more than 20 dwreers ago i warned of the distinctive problem facing the world was ill liberal democracy, elected governments that systematically abuse their power and restricted freedoms and liberties. i subsequently worried that america could head down this path. most people dismissed the danger because american democracy, they said, was robust with strong institutions that could weather any storm. press freedom, after all, is guaranteed under the first amendment. but consider poland and hungry which not only have strong institutions of their own but also exist within the embraced rule based institutions that have explicit contusional protections for freedom of the press. in america, in just one year in office donald trump has already done damage. he has threatened to strengthen liable laws, strip licenses and protect the dmup had the hiss administration has blocked the merger of a news organization he considers bias while
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facilitating an organization with more favorable coverage. ralph waldo emerson once wrote an institution is the length and shadow of one man. institutions are just collection of rules and norms agreed upon by human beings. if leaders attack, denna grade and abuse them were they will be weakened and this in turn will weaken the character and quality of democracy. the american system is stronger than most, but it is not immune to these forces of democratic decay. for more, go to and read my washington post column this week. and let's get started. the shooting at marjory stoneman douglas high school a week and a half ago has opened up arguably the most robust debate on guns since the shooting at sandy hook elementary school more than five years ago. but the question is, will just
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as little action come of the debate as came of it back then? well, president trump said on wednesday it's not going to be daukd like it has been in the past. yet he and republicans ard antly embrace the gun lobby. they realize that the second amendment does seem to protect america's right to bear arms, as the phrase goes. but what does the amendment say and what does it really mean and why is gun culture in america so pervasive and so different from the rest of the world? joining me now are two scholars who have thought, written, and spoken at length about these issues. cornell is a american history professor and the former director of the second amendment research center at the john glen institute. and at dam langford say professor of krlg at the alabama. adam, let me begin with you. what i want to ask is the debate about guns and violence are, it seems to me in america should
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begin with the recognition that we're just on a different planet. you know, that's why i think of the mental edge issue as a dodge because we have 20 to 30 times as much gun violence as any other advanced industrial country. it's not plausible that we have 20 to 30 times as many people with mental issues than, say, england or germany or france. you've looked at it and you've actually run correlations specifically with gun ownership. explain your findings. >> sure. i did a global study of public mass shooters over 40 years, and i looked at 171 countries. and i did test for differences in suicide rates, homicide rates, firearm ownership rates, national wealth and i was trying to explain why does the united states have so many more public mass shooters than other countries in and you're right. so when it comes to suicide rates, there are more than 40
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countries around the world that have worse suicide problems than the united states does. but by far the statistically was between firearm ownership rates and mass shooters. we're number one in the world by public mass shooters by a lot. we're number one in the world in terms of ownership rate by a lot and we're number one in the world in terms of total firearms, way more than even bigger countries than us such as china and india. >> and to put this in plain language, wouldn't it be fair to say that what that suggests is that while other places may have troubled people, it's a smear on mentally troubled people to assume that they're all violent, by in large the only danger they pose is to themselves, they are not more prone to violence towards others. but even if that were the case, the fact that those people don't have easy access to guns limits the damage they can do eethtor themselves through suicide or to others through homicide?
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>> yeah, you're absolutely right about that. so in other countries where you have someone who does decide to commit an act of mass murder, for example, in china, the most common weapons there are kitchen knives and blunt instruments, not firearms like is the case here in the united states. and as a result, when you have mass murder in china awe don't see 58 dead as we saw in las vegas, or 26 dead as we saw in southerland springs, or 17 dead as we saw in parkland, florida, last week. you see five, six, seven dead. so it does make a tremendous difference when we're talking about weapons availability. >> professor cornell, people say well, the second amendment is sack crow sankt and that is why there's a limit to what can be done about all of this. you've studied the history of it and what i recall in the 1930s and 40s, the federal government
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placed a lot of restrictions on gun ownership and the supreme court went along with them. so how is that possible if we have this fixed view of the second amendment? >> well, the simple fact is that we've always had gun regulation, gun regulation existed at the time of the second amendment. it actually got more intense after the adoption of the second amendment. and even if you accept justice scalia who was pretty pro gun and they defined the second amendment not in terms of a militia based right but in terms of of a right that had dhoil with the militia, even he conceded there's wide room for regulation and that guns have been regulated for a very long time. really the second amendment pose nos barrier to gun regulation, particularly if you think that the political process would weed out any extreme gun regulation measures. w we could do pretty much anything that's being debated now would be consistent with the second amendment, the real problem is lack of political
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will. >> adam, when you look at the issue, there is this broader issue of the gun culture, all right. we can't get away from it. the nra is effective. one of the reasons they're effective is there is grassroots support. shou that different in america? australia has great hunting culture, outdoors culture. but american seems again here almost unique. >> yeah. i think you're right. and certainly part of that is based on our history there are idea that, you know, a lot of americans believe we need guns because we need to be able to protect ourselves from ter rany. i guess the irony here is that the biggest threat being pose these days is not the government coming into your house and tear rising yo yore rising your family, it's sending your kids to school, going to work, going to church, a nightclub, and then being faced with this threat of public mass shooters.
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so the tierney is being perpetrated by the public mass shooters and other countries take frankly a much more practi practical position. >> what are the simple things that could be done that, in your view, are incontro vert ably constitutional and will pass muster pretty easily? >> well, the first thing to realize is that people who seem so pro second amendment don't seem particularly supportive of the first amendment so we have to lift the ban on doing research. congress has made it pretty clear that if you work for the cdc or the nih you can't do research and we can't formulate more targeted and effective policies unless we can gather data and analyze the data. the first thing we need to do is to allow people do research on gun violence. i mean, clearly there's nothing in the second amendment that prevents that. wee need to despite people saying that we should just enforce the laws on the books, we have to fund the atf and allow it to use the most recent technologies.
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atf is prohibited from updating their methodologies to take advantage of modern digital sources and digital searching capability. certainly if we can do a background check for a gun we could do some background checks about ammunition. i think we want to know which when suddenly it as i spike in consumption of ammunition. if someone's buying thousands of rounds but they are not starting a competitive shooting hobby, we want to know that. >> gentlemen, thank you bonth. very same sensible perception that i hope has some impact. next on gps, how have robert mueller's indictments rever ber rated in russia? i will talk to steven cohen and david sanger about just that when we come back. ing bonus chek every six months i'm accident free. and i don't share it with mom! right, mom? righttt. safe driving bonus checks. only from allstate. switching to allstate is worth it. dial your binge-watching up to eleven. join the un-carrier right now, and get four unlimited lines for only thirty-five bucks each.
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of russian nationals landed with a boom in the united states. even president trump's national security adviser h.r. mcmaster said that the evidence of russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election was now really incontra vertable. president trump later tweeted his satisfaction with those remarks but we didn't hear much from moscow about it except for a few dismissals. i wanted to talk about that and the affect the indictments will have on the u.s./russian relaces. we have the professor here from nyu and princeton and david sanger ask a national security correspondent "the new york times" and the cnn unusual security contributor. steve cohen, let me ask you. mueller's indictments, of course, are symbolic or meant to persuade none of these people are ever going to see the inside of an american courtroom, they are russians. but i suppose they were meant to convince those americans who doubt that there was, in fact, a
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systematic russian government effort to interfere with the 2016 elections. you have always been skeptical that there was such a plan, that it was some kind of great crime and it needed to be investigated. are you now convinced? >> absolutely not. let me issue the obligatory disclaimer. i am not, nor i have ever been a supporter of donald trump. but i am supporter of facts. let's remember what this story is. because it's the overarching narrative in which mueller and this investigation operate. according to story, russian leader putin directed kind of an attack, they say, on american democracy in 2016 which included stealing mrs. clinton's e-mails and disseminating them as well as the social media activities by russians that mueller is now
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investigating. what is being said is that president trump was put in the office or abetted by the russians and people go on to aya that he is there in some way under control the kremlin and treason nus. so i see two crises and this w this i'll stop. one a crisis with the american presidency. this has never been said by an american president before so far as i know. and secondly, a crisis of american/russian relations because we are now in a cold war much more dangerous than the preceding one, and we have to ask ourselves if we don't trust our president to keep us out of a nuclear conflict or any kind of war with russia, are we doomed? and these are the consequences of what we call russia gate for which i can find no factual evidence. >> david, no factual evidence, the mueller 37-page indictment did have a lot of facts in it. >> it sure did, fareed. had you go through the 37 pages,
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what you get are intercepted conversations between people who were working in this troll facto factory as we call it, a four-story building in st. petersburg who were churning out the facebook posts, the twitter posts, the advertisements that were calling on north koreans come out in the streets sometimes to bring both sides of a divisive issue out in the streets at the same time in florida and new york and texas. and clearly mr. mueller had access to some intercepted american against. he didn't say where some of this came from. and it appeared, if you read the indictment carefully, that they've also turned some people who they didn't name but who were participants in all of this. so i don't think there's much of a question that it happened. now, to mr. cohen's question, did it affect the election as it created a crisis, we don't know.
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and mueller does not state that it had any effect on the election. and i think the reason the president was so upset with general mcmaster, his national security adviser, is that he didn't restate what vice president pence said was that it had no effect on the election. we simply don't know what the effects were and we may never know that. >> let me point out the so-called troll factory in st. petersburg began has a strictly commercial operation a number fb years ago to promote the guy's restaurants. he then learned that if you got fake people to say his restaurant was great, business ticked up. so he began to sell this service sort of fake news service, to russian politicians. and the market was so good he decided to expand it to the united states. the people who have studied this have been able to -- and don't even claim that it's had any impact on our elections. and let me add to what david's saying or said.
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neil mcfarland reported in "the new york times" there is no evidence it was even tied to russian intelligence. and mcfarland says it's unlikely that it was because it was such a clumsy essentially commercial operation. now, are we really going to endanger the american presidency and our relations with russia with what is not truly so far as we can see, hard intelligence? factual, but scuttlebutt? i mean -- >> let me ask, david, the sort of central question, i imagine, th that mueller's looking at is some of the release of this data, the hillary clinton e-mails and such was in some way coordinate with the trump campaign. it seems to me that's where you get at the issue of not the russian interference but also the issue of whether there was some connection or collusion with the trump campaign. >> that's a very good question, fareed. i think the president was initially quite happy with the indictment because he looked at
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it and it indicted a group of russians. and, you know, you didn't hear much criticism of director mueller, special counsel mueller for that indictment because he was going only after russians. the next indictment may well look at the -- we don't know this for a fact -- but we believe one of the things he's looking at are these intelligence agency connections that went into the dnc and into john podesta's e-mails, and then would come the question were they getting any guidance, any coordination from anyone in the campaign. there's been no evidence of that, hard evidence out there yet other than what you describe, which has been the overall statements of president and some others in the campaign made during the campaign. and it's very possible that the russians didn't need any guidance, that they seemed to be pretty savvy about how to operate in the american political environment. it's also possible that there was some level of communication.
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and i think as the president got increasingly upset last weekend as he thought about the indictment, it's because it struck him that that's the direction that mueller is going. >> fascinating stuff. sorry we have to leave it at that but we will be back on this topic with both of you. thank you both. last week on the show you heard bill gates tell me he's not worried about america seeding dom naps on artificial intelligence to china but another billionaire check mogul disagrees. does the ai future belong to beijing? we'll explore when we come back. i'll take that. -yeeeeeah! ensure high protein. with 16 grams of protein and 4 grams of sugar. ensure. always be you. thisat red lobsterest. with exciting new dishes like dueling lobster tails and lobster truffle mac & cheese. classics like lobster lover's dream are here too. so enjoy these 10 lobsterlicious dishes while you can because lobsterfest won't last.
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now from what in the world segment. bill gates once said that a break through in artificial intelligence allowing machines to learn would be worth ten microsofts. today as we all know not only can machines learn, but they can learn some things how to play chess for em, with much greater speed than any human. machine learning and artificial intelligence are transforming entire professions and vast swaths of the economy from medicine to automobiles. most experts believe that the country that dominates ai will
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lead the world in the next technological era. it might seem that the u.s. is the obvious indeed the only likely winner here. but, in fact, there is another country that many experts say is gaining ground. it's china. the race to dominate ai hinges on data. the more data you have, the better your machine can learn and the smarter your algorithms become. china is a data rich market like no other. it has 800 million internet users. three times as many as the u.s., according to a december report by the eurasia group. and most of them come through mobile phones whiches have a dizzying amount of data on their users. it also has a government that has reeams of data of companies that it can share with at will. in an interviewer with gates for last weeks show i asked him about the rise of china in this area. he said no one could beat the americans on tracking shoppers
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dating and targeting ads. on the commercial side america is still way ahead. but china may have a sizeable advantage in a significant area. fields that often require government involvement like healthcare, education, planning, the military, that's because the chinese government has wholeheartedly taken on multiple roles vis-a-vis ai. as a cheerleader, as an investor, and customer, says paul tree ola of the eurasia group who coauthored the study. china said it would be become a world leader in ai in 2030 when it says it will have built $150.0 industry. the ability to collected and dole out data will help enormously. it has extremely close relationships with its large tech companies. these companies share data openly with law enforcement and they don't disclose publicly what they are sharing according to "wall street journal." for china, necessity breeds invention. it is home to one fifth of the
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world's population and it's urban infrastructure is overburdened. it needs solutions now. despite china's advantages, experts including gates argue that these advances are not a zero sum game. many of the algorithms and research are shared openly and will benefit everyone. but others are not so sang quinn and believe that the u.s. government needs to get involved in ai fast. an obama era plan outlining policies to nurture a irk was put out at the tail end of 2016 to little effect, experts say. the white house office of science and technology policy is currently understaffed. the white house hasn't even appointed a permanent director for it. the trump administration seems more focused on manufacturing jobs which is really about the past, than ai which is where the future lies. at a tech summit in november, google's eric schmidt talked about the chinese plan urging the u.s. to develop a national
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artificial intelligence strategy. >> if you believe that this is as important as i suspect all of us do, certainly i believe, then we need to get our act together as a country. >> this challenge could be the sputnik moment for america, a race for the future that it just cannot afford to lose. next on gps, los angeles where i'm right now is one of america's two biggest hubs for undocumented immigrants. it's a great place to have a discussion on immigration. is daca a hill to the democrats are willing to die on, as the saying goes? should they be? back in a moment. it's time for the 'ultimate sleep number event' on the only bed that adjusts on both sides to your ideal comfort, your sleep number setting. and snoring? does your bed do that? don't miss the final days of the ultimate sleep number event! save 50% on the ultimate limited edition bed with adjustable comfort on both sides.
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another country. more than 13% of the population. pew says two sticities dwarf th rest. and with dabbing and the wall, i thought it was a perfect time to dig deeper. joining me is elise, she served as president obama's labor secretary and is now a key official here and l.a. county supervisor. steve phillips say best selling author and the founder of a political organization called democracy in color. he's a regular contributor to the opinion pages of the "new york times." his column there last week was entitled trump wants to make america white again. steve, let me start with that provocative title. you say the democrats should call the trump immigration policy what it is and they're scared. explain. >> right. so very clearly and washington post had a good analysis of
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this, is that trump's immigration proposal are designed to undo the policies which finally eliminated the pro-white preferences. from 1790 until 1952, the official restriction on immigration in this country was you had to be a free white person. that was the policy of the united states upheld by the supreme court. it really only got changed in 1965 when you had family reufin occasion and no longer having raced-based immigration. those 65 changes are what trump wants to go after. and the post done this analysis showing that the impact of it will be to make the country white, hetor reduce the immigration of people of color. so it's very clear and they're very quite unapologetic about it and what i as writing in the times about was the renaissance of the democrats to call that out because they're fearful that not enough white people will actually stand up against that. >> so when you look at that, what i wonder about is are the
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democrats more kind of shrewdly navigating the space because the country's 70% white and if you take very extreme positions on immigration are you worried bay backlash? how do you see the issue? >> here the in los angeles it's very different. i think we're much more progressive than other parts of the country, much like however, new york wroir say. but think here we have been able to see more elected officials of diverse backgrounds, in particular latinos, hiss span knicks andation asians. on our board of supervisors we have for the first time women. we have the first openly lgbtq individual, an african american, latino. we represent about 10 million people about and i would say 3 million in our countrity are immigrants and 1 million i know are undocumented. and that's why we're not -- we're not allowing this
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administration, the trump administration, to kind of lead us down the path that does want to segregate our communities. we're far beyond that. >> one of the things that i hear from people who are generally supportive of immigrants, generally like the idea, is the whole issue of undocumented immigrants and the breaking of the law that it's one thing to support immigration, it's another to reward law breaking. how do you get around that issue? these people did break the law. steve. >> well, the whole question of who is illegal and legal in this country depends on your interpretation of the status quo for crimes in this country. this country was stole present native americans. we're here in california which was taken by force from mexico. and so one could argue that everybody is here illegally except the native americans.
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and so but in point -- >> but that's -- that's a long time ago and -- >> exactly. >> what is the statute of limitations. there have been people who have been here for decades and decades who have been contributing and good parts of the country and valuable parts of their community spot what point do their contributions morph over into the, okay, they're part of our family and community? there are 11 million people here who are contribute together economy. they are contributing to the country. >> when we come back, what do we do with the dreamers? daca recipients, children of undocumented immigrants. it's an issue that democrats have made a stand on, but the right says that allowing them to stay is like allowing the children of bank robbers to keep those ill gotten gains. i'll ask my guests about just that when we come back. mercedesc with its high-tech cameras and radar, contemporary cockpit, 360 degree network of driver-assist technologies,
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and we are back with l.a. county supervisor hilda solis and activist steve phillips talking about the politics of immigration. let me ask you, hilda, about, you know, l.a. is one of the cities where there's a lot of
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this talk of sanctuary cities, there's a lot of talk about standing up to federal law enforcement. i mean, this sounds like what you're saying is that local officials should violate federal law by not enforcing it or not helping federal law enforcement enforce it. again, it must -- i think would sit uncomfortably with a lot of americans if you were to describe it differently. when i think about the civil rights movement, this was the argument of the southern states. the southern states, the local officials would say we're not going 10 to force federal law because it violates our culture and values. so shouldn't -- shouldn't local democratic officials enforce federal law whether they like it or not just the way in which they wanted local southern officials 10 to force federal law? >> i think for us here we have gone a step beyond. we have abided by, i think rules of the game that do protect the safety of our communities. no one is here saying that we
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want to have criminals, no. we know what that means for our community. but we know they're good law abiding people that are just being picked up because they happen to be at the wrong place at the wrong time or perhaps they came in through no fault of their own like many of the daca population. and you also have another population of people who will overstayed their visas from china, from europe, from russia, from south africa. what is happening about that discussion? >> steve, what do you think? this is what in the south and civil rights day used to be called interposition and nullification. we don't have to follow federal law. >> right. well, the presumption that the law is "a" immoral but also sensible. so we have immigration quotas which were designed to make the policy more economy quitable so you limit immigration, roughly 25,000 people to every country in the world. so every country in the small country in europe or mexico which is right next door. it's not illogical or inkpl
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inexplicable that they come from china, the largest country in the world. so we have to have a policy based on reality and facts. it's not like there's one line and everybody gets in it. >> but that's an argument to change the policy, not to violate the law as it exists. >> right. well that's where i think a lot of people come into the issue can we agree on daca, can we agree on children who are here. they didn't break the law and come over here and sneak this this country. they have been here their entire lives, the only country they know. they see themselves as americans. the children, we start with you. >> let me ask you, there are people on the right who say that's like saying a bank robber's children should keep the money. >> i -- >> they came here as the product of law breaking, why should they reap the benefit? >> many have left their countries because of civil warfare or poverty and crime and trafficking. all kinds of different situations. and we have a policy in the united states where we allow for
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refugees, people to apply for political asylum. many didn't have the means to month tearily come in through that path. many of these came in as youngsters, such as young as six months as infants. the only culture they know is ours. i don't think they cross the line in terms of criminal violations, and that's where i do differ with those other opponents and say, oh, well they're breaking the law. guess what, the laws are flexible. we should be flexible and the reality is they have made economic contributions. if we were to get rid of even 8 million individuals that currently work in our system that are in the underground economy, we would see some hemorrhaging in terms of job loss and economic strife in different parts, i think, of our country. >> steve, when you look at daca, certainly there does seem to be a majority in favor. but i'm intrigued by your thought that the democrats should be more extreme on this issue, you know, resolutely fighting from immigration
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policies because the polling data i've seen suggests that the sp public is pretty -- you can read it different ways -- but they're spep tick cal about the idea of immigration. >> the polls are very clear in terms of the daca and the children that there's two-thirds plus support bipartisan, everybody supports there being a solution for the youngsters. and so that's an issue around well that's why aren't we more resolute and apoll get nick that regard. what i'm pushing democrats on is to actually take a stronger stand in terms of reframing this issue. and so if the discussion is well people are breaking the law and there's criminals coming over here and we have to protect our safety, that's one argument that's really a losing argument for democrats. if the discussion is that there is an effort to socially engineer this country in order to benefit and prefer white people, which is what is
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happening and what has been the history of this country, there was a whole effort in the 1920s around -- then was like which white people were better for which parts of europe should people be coming? and this whole notion about blank whole countries that the president was talking about, that's that same mindset around he wants to prefer white people -- if you have that discussion, and if democrats point that out, most people in this country don't agree with that. >> we have to leave it at that. pleasuret pleasure to have you both on. next in gps we are near glamour russ tinseltown but it's not all fancy cars. we'll talking about a stagger poverty in a stiff immense wealth when we come back.
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i'm until l.a. this week and you might know that los angeles means the angels in spanish. but many don't know that some of the original set lerds who arrived here in 1781 gave the early incarnation of this town a longer spanish name meaning the town of our lady the queen of the angels on the river. luckily, the long name did not stick, but it brings me to my question. which world capital holds the guinness world record for longest place name? baku, beijing, bangkok, or beirut? stay tuned and we'll tell you the correct answer. my book of the week is michael waldman's the second amendment, a biography. the one line that's at the heart of america's gun debate.
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he makes us realize just how a.m. big cue with us and uncertain the second amendment's meaning has been for most of the american's history. now for the last look. the streets of l.a. are filled with fancy cars and lined with mega mansions, but those same streets are increasingly known as home to those without a home. on any given night last year, there were nearly 58,000 homeless people in l.a. county aconnecticuting for an aston mishing 10% of america's homeless population. tent cities and encampments have exploded throughout downtown l.a. and into the suburbs. in 2015 the city declared the homeless crisis to be a state of emergency. but the number of homeless people have climbed another 30% since then. why has the crisis reached such epic proportions? >> officials point to rapidly increasing flents a strong economy compound by a meantal health crisis and instuff resources for those facing
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homelessness. citizens of l.a. are not turning a blind eye. in the last two years new funding measures have passed to send more money to combat the crisis. but even so a new report from the county's homeless services authority found that despite this new funding there are still over 20,000 beds needed to fill the gap against the uphill battle of bureaucracy and communities that are resistant to welcoming the homeless into their neighborhoods. some advocates are turning to more invideo vatetinovative sol allows small mad due lar housing pods to be placed quick fli vacant lots. so as next sunday's oscar awards we'll refocus our attention once again toward tinsel town, let's not forget the crying crisis of l.a.'s shanty towns. the answer to my gps challenge is "c," bangkok, the capital of thigh land is officially called -- i will not try to pronounce but you can see it on
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your screen. that's 168 letters in 21 words. the locals don't use the official name much, of course, but only foreigners call the citibank sock. thais usually call their cap krun tay which means city of angels. thank you for being part of my program. i will see you next week. i'm brian sell thor it's time for reliable sources. our weekly look at the story behind the story of how the media really works and how the nooes news gets made. this hour glen beck is here and he has lots to say about the town hall in florida and the conspiracy theories about the students who survived the mass shooting. one those students is also here to respond to the attacks against him. there's been a lot of news about the nra this work, the organization claiming that the media loves mass sheetings. we're going to talk about how offensive that remark is with