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Friday, May 30, 2014

  • Obama Continues Record Deportations, Delays Immigration Reforms in Order to Court Republicans

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    President Obama announced this week that he is delaying a review of his administration’s controversial deportation practices until after the summer, after earlier ordering Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson to look into ways he could take executive action to scale back deportations after civil rights groups dubbed him the "deporter-in-chief." But during a hearing on immigration policy Thursday, the House Judiciary Committee chair, Republican Rep. Bob Goodlatte of Virginia, made it clear that they remain highly skeptical of negotiating with the president. Immigration rights groups continue to express frustration over the lack of political traction on comprehensive immigration reform. "Our community is angry, and we are going to channel that anger in the most constructive way possible," says our guest Pablo Alvarado, director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network, which has engaged in civil disobedience to pressure Obama to immediately stop deportations.

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  • "How Immigration Became Illegal": Aviva Chomsky on U.S. Exploitation of Migrant Workers

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    We are joined by Aviva Chomsky, whose new book, "Undocumented: How Immigration Became Illegal," details how systemic prejudice against Mexicans and many other migrant workers has been woven into U.S. immigration policies that deny them the same path to citizenship that have long been granted to European immigrants. She also draws parallels between the immigration laws now in place that criminalize migrants, and the caste system that has oppressed African Americans, as described by Prof. Michelle Alexander in her book, "The New Jim Crow." Chomsky’s previous book on this topic is "'They Take Our Jobs!' and 20 Other Myths about Immigration." She is a professor of history and coordinator of Latin American studies at Salem State University in Massachusetts.

  • Part 2: Ta-Nehisi Coates on Segregation, Housing Discrimination and "The Case for Reparations"

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    We air part two of our interview with famed essayist Ta-Nehisi Coates about his cover article in The Atlantic, "The Case for Reparations," in which he exposes how slavery, Jim Crow segregation and federally backed housing policy have systematically robbed African Americans of their possessions and prevented them from accruing intergenerational wealth. "It puts a lie to the myth that African Americans who act right, who are respectable, are somehow therefore immune to the plunder that is symptomatic of white supremacy in this country," Coates says. "It does not matter. There’s no bettering yourself that will get you out of this."

    Watch Part 1 of this interview.