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Roundtable: Issa Bows Out, DACA Dealmaking, State Of The City

Roundtable: Issa Bows Out, DACA Dealmaking, State Of The City


Andrew Bowen, reporter, KPBS News

Jean Guerrero, reporter, KPBS News

Greg Moran, reporter, The San Diego Union-Tribune

Alison St. John, reporter, KPBS News


Rep. Darrell Issa Will Not Seek Re-Election

The Story

Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Vista, says he will not seek re-election in California’s 49th congressional district after nine terms in office. The seat was expected to be highly competitive as polls show Democrats are poised to make gains and possibly take over the house majority in the 2018 general election. Issa’s coastal district stretches from the Sorrento Valley area to parts of Orange County.

The Discussion

Why did Issa decide to abandon his re-election campaign?

Who are the candidates who are running for the seat?

Could Issa’s decision help Republicans keep the seat?

RELATED: Rep. Darrell Issa To Retire From Congress

DACA Dealmaking Amid an Immigration Crackdown

The Story

President Donald Trump welcomed cameras into an hour-long bipartisan meeting with members of Congress to negotiate an extension of protections for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program Tuesday. Democrats want a standalone bill, but Republicans are pushing to include funding for a border wall and new restrictions on current immigration policy.

During a closed meeting with members of Congress to discuss immigration Thursday, Trump questioned why the U.S. would accept more people from Haiti and "shithole countries" in Africa, rather than places like Norway.

Meanwhile, the Trump administration has announced it will end protected status for nearly 200,000 Salvadoran refugees and ICE carried out workplace raids at dozens of 7-Eleven stores across the country. We also discuss a report in the San Diego Union-Tribune that the city of San Diego is paying security costs for the border wall prototypes.

The Discussion

What has been the reaction to ongoing DACA negotiations?

Could a federal judge’s ruling this week give so-called “dreamers” more time?

Why are asylum seekers being turned away at the border?

RELATED: San Diego Ports Of Entry Pause Entry Of New Asylum Seekers

State of the City 2018

The Story

After a year marked by a public health emergency and increased housing costs, San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer delivered his State of the City address on Thursday night. The annual speech is used as a status update to discuss how San Diego has grown in the past year, the achievements made and the challenges that lie ahead.

The Discussion

What were the biggest topics discussed by the mayor?

Did the mayor lay out a vision for dealing with a homeless crisis that resulted in an outbreak of hepatitis A?

What is the mayor saying about the latest push to expand the convention center?

RELATED: Mayor Faulconer Focuses On Homelessness, Housing In State Of The City Address

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