Inland Journal, April 17, 2019: The 'Economic Divide'

Apr 17, 2019
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Wednesday on the Inland Journal podcast, a look at America’s divisions through the eyes of an economist. Former Gonzaga business school dean Bud Barnes cites four areas of economic divide: income and wealth distribution, the immigration debate, outsourcing American jobs and international trade and tariffs. We’ll hear some of his comments, given during Gonzaga’s annual economic symposium on Wednesday.

It’s often said that the United States is a country of immigrants. But rarely do we see that immigration system at work as clearly as on Tuesday afternoon when a group of new Americans took the Oath of Citizenship.

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Thursday on the Inland Journal podcast, Avista announces it will begin installing new ‘smart meters’ that will allow it to more quickly measure how its customers use energy. “Ask an Evangelical”: we talk with a man who identifies as evangelical about his views on immigration. And will this late blast of snow extend the ski season in the Inland Northwest? We’ll get the view from the Lookout Pass ski area.

Jeremy Burnham

Washington Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers has issued a statement on President Trump’s announcement that he’ll invoke a national emergency on the southern border.

The title of the statement from the congresswoman is “How would Elizabeth Warren use this?”

Northwest Public Broadcasting

Here are excerpts from Wednesday evening's debate at Walla Walla Community College, sponsored by the Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce and Northwest Public Broadcasting.

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The Spokane City Council last night [Monday] voted to forbid federal immigration authorities from questioning and arresting people in the city’s Intermodal Center, unless they have a warrant from a judge.

The six-to-one vote came after more than two-and-a-half hours of testimony from people in a packed council chambers.

Inland Northwest Activists Plan "Families Belong Together" Protests

Jun 29, 2018
Families Belong Together

Activists in several Inland Northwest communities will protest the separation of migrant children from their parents after crossing the southern border during rallies on Saturday.

Immigration Advocate Predicts "Skinny" Immigration Bill

Feb 12, 2018
National Immigration Forum

The head of an immigration advocacy group yesterday (Monday) predicted the U.S. Senate would take a winding road before deciding on changes to federal immigration law.

Ali Noorani is the executive director of the National Immigration Forum. He spoke last night at a public forum at Whitworth University.

The Trump administration has announced it intends to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program.

The Inland Northwest’s two U.S. House representatives say they hope the announcement will lead to a broader reform of the nation’s immigration laws. Progressive groups are urging support of a measure to help the so-called “young dreamers.”

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For a few weeks recently, Ferguson had quite a high profile, not only in the state, but also nationally, because of his decision to challenge the initial Trump Administration travel ban on people from certain countries. He appeared on national news broadcasts to explain the state’s position. And last Friday, he held a session at Gonzaga law school here in Spokane. Here are some excerpts from his talk.