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Friday Flashback: Joseph Wood execution, Obama on immigration and more

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Religious leaders of all stripes come out in support of migrant children, Southern California city of Bell votes to create a shelter for undocumented immigrants and the return of the Minutemen.

Just some of the topics we're tackling today in the Flashback - that's Take Two's look at the week in news. with James Rainey of the L.A. Times and Pilar Marrero of La Opinión.

The execution of Arizona prisoner Joseph Wood via lethal injection took nearly two hours. He was gasping and snorting and many witnesses believe he suffered before his death. James, this has many calling for an end to the death penalty. Are we likely to see an end?

What about a change in the use for lethal injection this marks the third lethal injection execution this year that has had problems with this method?

President Obama met with the presidents of Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala — the three countries which have been the greatest source of children crossing the border. What might come out of this meeting?

What do you think the Central American leaders are hoping to gain from the meet?

There was a piece in Politico today titled Obama's immigration flip flop. After saying he was powerless for quite some time, now he seems to be trying to do everything he can by executive order. 

One of the interesting things to come out of this story is the mounting support from many religious leaders, both progressive and conservative, including here's Russell Moore, the president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention,

Does this surprise you that normally conservative groups are coming out in support of these detained migrants? Could they be coming out in favor of immigration reform because they see this changing demographic and realize that this is a huge untapped pool of potential church members?

Will having the support of religious leaders sway the political debate at all?

The City of Bell, not to far from Los Angeles, vote this week to use an existing space there as a shelter for undocumented children seized at the border. What's going on here? Who will pay for the shelter's renovation and upkeep?

How might this affect the political conversation of immigration reform? This week Jeb Bush co-authored an opinion piece on the need to not let the border crisis affect Congress' effort to pass immigration reform, and how this should really be the GOP's issue. What did Jeb Bush say about immigration reform?

Jeb Bush's op-ed seems to be on the side of compassion:

"These children are trying to escape horrific gang violence and dire conditions in their native countries. But the ease with which so many of them are illegally entering the U.S. underscores the inadequacy of our border security. We now have a humanitarian crisis on our southern border that demands strong leadership that respects the rule of law"

He also believes that this is an issue that the GOP should own:

"Now is the time for House Republicans to demonstrate leadership on this issue. Congress should not use the present crisis as an excuse to defer comprehensive immigration reform."

Obama, because he's being confronted on all sides on other issues, will probably be even more careful when it comes to immigration reform.


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