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A fierce debate is taking place across the country right now: What to do about immigrants who came here illegally as children. Up until recently, they qualified for a program called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, which protects them from deportation. But the Trump administration rescinded that Obama-era rule and Congress is debating what will take its place.  

We talked to three people affected by that debate right here in the Mountain West.

Colorado Springs, Colorado

In the spring of 1942, official posters went up across the West Coast and Arizona. All people of Japanese ancestry had one week to report to assembly centers. Ultimately, more than 100,000 Japanese-Americans were forcibly imprisoned in internment camps, many of them located in the Mountain West. This week is when we remember those camps and the people who lived in them.

One of them was a 13-year-old boy named Minoru Tonai.

Many members of Congress have returned to their home states this week to make the rounds at their local offices and meet with constituents.

Montana Republican U.S. Senator Steve Daines made a stop Wednesday morning at the western Montana town of Phillipsburg where he toured a craft brewery.

Yellowstone Public Radio’s Nate Hegyi caught up with Daines at the noisy microbrewery. 


Montana Department of Transportation.

With winter showing no signs of abating any time soon, Montana has already plowed through the money set aside by the state Department of Transportation's Maintenance Division to keep our roads passable. The challenge for officials is finding the money to keep the plows and sanding trucks operating until temperatures warm up.

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National political consultant Joe Trippi believes the country has reached a tipping point and he thinks Montanans are looking for a U.S. Representative who will stand up to corporate interests.

"I think people everywhere are really becoming exhausted by how nothing seems to be getting done," he said. "But when the corporations want something done, bam, it gets done instantly."

The wind chill dropped to nearly 50 degrees below zero near the Rocky Boy's Indian Reservation in Montana.
NOAA

Bitterly cold temperatures are gripping much of the Mountain West this week. Wind chills have hit almost 50 degrees below zero in Montana and Wyoming.


Steve Shadley, Yellowstone Public Radio

 

An exhibit at the Yellowstone County Museum celebrates the life and achievements of expert marksman Tom Frye who lived in Billings during his retirement.

Jackie Yamanaka

Five Democrats are vying to take on Freshman Republican Congressman Greg Gianforte on the November general election ballot, but first they must advance through the Democratic primary in June.

One of those Democrats is Kathleen William. She visited recently with students, some of whom are voters, at Billings West High School.

A coal train in the Powder River Basin
Jerry Huddleston / Flickr

Coal lease rates have hit a new low in Montana and Wyoming’s Powder River Basin. This is the money companies pay to the federal government to dig up coal from public lands.


Jackie Yamanaka

The campaign consultant who helped orchestrate the Democratic upset in Alabama’s special U.S. Senate election last year has signed on to help Montana congressional candidate John Heenan who’s running in a contested primary.


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