CNN Radio News Day: May 2, 2013
Children born in the U.S. and deported to Mexico take part in a protest at the start of U.S. President Barack Obama's visit to Mexico.
May 2nd, 2013
04:47 PM ET

CNN Radio News Day: May 2, 2013

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(CNN) – Welcome to CNN Radio News Day. Here's some of the stories we are covering in today's show:

  • President Obama is back in Mexico for his fourth visit to the country for meetings with the new Mexican president, Enrique Pena Nieto. One of the topics the two leaders are likely to discuss is the hot-button issue of immigration reform. One Chicago priest wanted to know what it's like to be an illegal immigrant in the U.S. So he went to Mexico and then crossed back into the United States illegally. Rev. Gary Graf says he climbed a 20-foot border wall :

"I was not trying to avoid being arrested. And uh, there was nothing. And I kept walking and kept walking. And while it was still light I began to see buildings in Nogales, Arizona." FULL POST

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Beware the Frankenfish!
Robert Burstein is among several fishermen searching for the Northern Snakehead in Central Park.
May 2nd, 2013
11:39 AM ET

Beware the Frankenfish!

By Steve Kastenbaum, CNN

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(CNN) – The Northern Snakedhead fish is not going to win any beauty contests.

With a mouth full of sharp teeth beneath bulging eyes, the invasive predator – native to waters in China and Russia – may be threatening the balance of the ecosystem of the  Harlem Meer, a man-made lake in New York’s Central Park.

[2:46] “It can attack and feed on the other fish that are there which would disrupt the water body,” said Rodney Rivera of the New York State Department of Environmental Protection. “The fact that it breaths and it spends some of its time above water it’s kind of an interesting one to most folks.”

Some urban fly fisherman have come to the lake in hopes of being saviors to the dozens of turtles, ducks and schools of carp that live there.

Robert Burstein was trying to hook one of the nefarious fish..


Should the Tsarnaevs have been here?
The Tsarnaev brothers on April 15th, behind barricades at the Boston Marathon, before the bombs went off.
May 2nd, 2013
10:22 AM ET

Should the Tsarnaevs have been here?

By Libby Lewis, CNN

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(CNN) - Let’s face it: there is a politically sensitive immigration question about the Tsarnaev brothers, who are accused of carrying out the deadly Boston Marathon bombing.

Why were they here?

It’s so sensitive, of course, it’s mostly the familiar critics of the nation’s immigration policies who are voicing it.

But they’re not the only ones, if you dig a little.

Robert Baer, the retired CIA agent who spent part of his career in the former Soviet Union, asks the uncomfortable question on the Tsarnaevs – who are ethnic Chechens from Russia’s Northern Caucasus:

[0:37] “The point is – Should they have been here? Were they truly political refugees?”

And if the answer to those questions is no, what does that say about how America deals with refugees and asylum seekers?

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