January 8 - Trump Puts One Million on Notice They Face Deportation; Why Children and Families Flee Central American Countries; White "Patriots" Get Away With Threatening Feds With Assault Rifles

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Part 1

We begin with the Trump Administration’s announcement that 200,000 Salvadorans living in the U.S. for 17 years or more have to get out of the country by September of 2019 or face deportation, this after earlier deportation notices to 45,000 Haitians, 2,500 Nicaraguans and the expected forthcoming elimination of TPS, temporary protection status for 57,000 Hondurans. Martha Arevalo, the executive director of the Central American Resource Center (CARACEN), who specializes in immigrant advocacy work, joins us to discuss what she sees as a cruel and arbitrary policy designed to satisfy President Trump’s anti-immigrant base. About one million now face deportation, since Trump has already rescinded DACA, Deferred Action of Childhood Arrivals exposing 700,000 kids to deportation. And now he is forcing out 200,000 Salvadorans with roots in this country and about another 200,000 of their U.S.-born children who are American citizens giving them the choice of either staying here without their parents or going back to a gang-infested country with one of the worst homicides rates in the world.


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Part 2

Then we examine further Trump’s anti-immigrant purge and go to Honduras to speak with Elizabeth Kennedy, a scholar who focuses on the experiences and needs of child, youth and forced migrants. She has worked as a Fulbright Fellow with returned youth migrants in El Salvador who have fled gang violence and Elizabeth is now in Honduras studying children and families fleeing rampant violence from corrupt police, military and drug traffickers in that country. We look into the extent to which this is a legacy of U.S. foreign policy and what can be done to make these countries more livable for their citizens so that they don’t have to flee and risk their lives trying to get to safety in the United States.

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Part 3

Then finally with a judge in Nevada angrily dismissing the charges against the Bundy family who in 2014, along with about 400 so-called patriots, led an armed standoff to stop a Bureau of Land Management roundup of Bundy cattle grazing on federal lands after Cliven Bundy had refused to pay the government grazing fees for 20 years. Eric Herzik, a Professor of Political Science and Chair of the Political Science Department at the University of Nevada, joins us to discuss how badly the federal prosecutors blew the case, and the double standard that white ranchers can point assault rifles at federal officials and get away with it, but if a black urban youth tried that, he’s be shot dead.

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