Jan 27, 2017

01/27/2017: The penalties of protesting

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President Donald Trump's has issued two executive orders to crack down on illegal immigration. As a result, state and local law enforcement agencies will have the power to enforce immigration laws. But some departments aren't eager to be involved, worrying that police-community relations will be strained. Next, we'll talk with the head of the U.N.'s International Fund for Agricultural Development on how to improve rural communities, and then look at a rise in bills that would boost penalties for protesters. 

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How rural poverty is fueling the refugee crisis

Jan 27, 2017
The head of the International Fund for Agricultural Development says there's been a lack of investment in rural areas.
Julian Mokagihana (L), 63, and her family prepare for their evening meal at their rural home, located about 70 kilometers south of Kigali, Rwanda. 
Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Some worry proposed laws in multiple states could stifle dissent

Jan 27, 2017
We’ve seen a lot of protests in the past year. Millions of people have taken to the streets to support the Black Lives Matter movement, protest the Dakota Access Pipeline and push back on the policies of President Donald Trump. In some cases, protesters have blocked streets, highways or other infrastructure. And Republican lawmakers in […]

Missouri could soon join the ranks of right-to-work states

Jan 27, 2017
Right to work bars unions from requiring workers to pay dues as a condition of employment.
Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens makes his State of the State speech on Jan. 17. Greitens supports a right-to-work measure, which would bar unions and employers from requiring workers to pay dues.
Jason Rosenbaum

President Trump builds a bigger deportation force

Jan 27, 2017
Trump aims to deputize law enforcement in a crackdown on illegal immigration.

01/27/17: A rough year for the U.S. economy

Jan 27, 2017
The U.S. economy grew by just 1.6 percent last year. FTN Financial's Chris Low explains why we had a rough year and where our future is headed. Next, we'll look at a possible new "right to work" law in Missouri, which could be an indicator of weakened union power. Finally, we'll chat with a former U.S. ambassador to Mexico, Earl Anthony Wayne, about what America's recent conflicts with Mexico mean for the political system there.

President Donald Trump’s has issued two executive orders to crack down on illegal immigration. As a result, state and local law enforcement agencies will have the power to enforce immigration laws. But some departments aren’t eager to be involved, worrying that police-community relations will be strained. Next, we’ll talk with the head of the U.N.’s International Fund for Agricultural Development on how to improve rural communities, and then look at a rise in bills that would boost penalties for protesters. 

The team

Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC