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Roundtable Tackles Migrant Crisis, Congressional Politics, For-Profit Colleges

Audio

Aired 8/1/14

Migrants, 52nd Congressional, California v. University of Phoenix

HOST:

Mark Sauer

GUESTS:

Jill Replogle, KPBS News

Liam Dillon, Voice of San Diego

Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times

Transcript

Jerry Brown: Refugees A Humanitarian Issue

When California Gov. Jerry Brown was asked about the refugees from Central America while on a trade mission to Mexico this week, he made clear that he viewed the influx of children into this country as a humanitarian issue requiring compassion and aid. It was not, he said, a political or security issue requiring the National Guard.

The aid may be long in coming. As of Thursday, the House of Representatives had failed to pass a bill to allow any funding to deal with the crisis.

Other questions around this issue concern why children in Nicaragua, the poorest nation in Central America, are not fleeing en masse to the United States — as they are in the neighboring countries of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. In addition, Nicaragua has a very low crime rate.

DeMaio: A Republican Who Likes Some Democratic Stands

Women should retain the right to choose. Climate change is real. And same sex couples deserve the right to marry.

If you thought those were the positions of Democratic Rep. Scott Peters, you'd be right. But they also the stands of Carl DeMaio, his Republican challenger in the 52nd District.

So is DeMaio a Republican in name only?

California Grounds University Of Phoenix

The state of California has cracked down on the San Diego campus of the University of Phoenix, a for-profit school where 55 percent of the students receive GI Bill benefits.

The story is a follow-up to a piece Aaron Glantz of the Center for Investigative Reporting did in June.

This week, the state said the campus may not enroll veterans in seven popular programs because the school improperly targeted veterans, violating a federal rule in place since the end of Korean War. It would need to get a federal waiver to open enrollment again.

The university's parent company, Apollo Education Group Inc., issued a statement this week saying that California auditors gave the school high marks, except in one area involving what's called an 85/15 rule.

The rule says schools can't receive GI Bill funds for programs in which more than 85 percent of the students get the benefit.

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