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by Gwen Outen
May 17, 2010

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The U.S. government spent hundreds of millions of dollars on the Secure Border Initiative and a fence along the roughly 2,000-mile border with Mexico, and federal agencies have increased criminal prosecutions of illegal immigrants. Yet, illegal border crossings continue. Proponents of Arizona's controversial illegal immigration law often complain that they had to act because the Federal government isn't doing enough to secure the border. NPR correspondent Ted Robbins and Edward Alden of The Council on Foreign Relations talk about the challenges of securing the border.

Can We Negotiate With The Taliban?
Afghan President Hamid Karzai pressed President Obama last week to move forward with a plan to reconcile with some Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan. But while President Obama has indicated that negotiating with some elements of the Taliban may be necessary, New Yorker staff writer Steve Coll argues that the Obama administration lacks a coherent political strategy in Afghanistan, and its often contradictory approach and internal ambivalence about the Taliban's place in Afghan politics makes any lasting peace a tall order. Coll talks about the challenges of negotiating with the Taliban, and what options might yield results.

Supreme Court Rules on 'Dangerous' Sex Offenders
The Supreme Court today ruled on two controversial cases. The first, a 7-2 decision that federal officials can indefinitely hold inmates considered "sexually dangerous" even after their prison terms are complete. The second, a 5-4 split ruling that juveniles can not be sentenced to life in prison without the chance of parole, if they have not killed anyone. Guests talk with host Neal Conan about the cases and what the high court's decisions mean.

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