As the immigrant population continues growing and federal lawmakers fail to pass immigration reform, state legislators are taking matters into their own hands. Alabama Republican Governor Robert Bentley signed a tough bill last week. One of its four components criminalizes a person to be in the state without proper documentation. Host Michel Martin looks at that law with The Montgomery Advertiser state reporter Brian Lyman. Latino Decisions pollster Matt Barreto also shares how immigration reform may affect the 2012 election.
Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, a Republican who served as Democratic President Obama's first ambassador to China, "will officially join the GOP presidential field June 21 at a site near the Statue of Liberty," The Associated Press reports.
The wire service says it is getting that word from "officials familiar with Huntsman's thinking."
It's time for movie critic Bob Mondello's latest home-viewing recommendation, for those who want to pop in a video and pop their own popcorn. This week, Bob's suggesting a new Blu-Ray collector's edition of The Bridge on the River Kwai.
British prisoners of war marching into a Japanese labor camp, whistling "The Colonel Bogey March" as a way of thumbing their noses at their captors, then building one magnificent railroad bridge — the best that British military engineering (and director David Lean's production crew) could manage.
"According to sufferers," the BBC writes, "it is as if someone has parked next to your house and left the engine running. The Hum is a mystery low frequency noise, a phenomenon that has been reported across Britain, North America and Australia in the past four decades."