November 20 - An Analysis of Obama's Immigration Reforms by Executive Action; How Obama's Immigration Proposals Will Impact the 11 Million in the Shadows; Obama on Solid Legal Ground; Massive Demonstrations Against Impunity and Corruption in Mexico

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Part 1

We begin with an analysis of President Obama’s address to the nation outlining his executive actions on immigration reform.  Kamal Essaheb, an Immigration Policy Attorney at the National Immigration Law Center, joins us to discuss the scope of the president’s actions and how they will be implemented, as well as how many immigrants from the 11 million living in the shadows, will benefit from Obama’s just-announced initiatives and how much opposition these proposals will face from the Republicans who are already angry at what they see as executive overreach.


Part 2

Then we analyze the president’s proposals further with Martha Arevalo, the Executive Director of the Central American Resource Center (CARACEN) who specializes in immigration advocacy work, community outreach and Latino strategic communications. She joins us to discuss the likely impact of Obama’s initiatives on the community she serves and what the reaction is so far from those who might benefit from immigration reform and those who will be left out.

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Part 3

Then Dr. Manuel Pastor, a Professor of Sociology and American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California and author of “Uncommon Common Ground: Race and America’s Future” joins us to discuss how President Obama has carefully shaped his initiative to comply with the law in anticipation of heated Republican opposition.

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Part 4

Then finally we go to Mexico City for an update on the massive demonstrations coinciding with National Revolution Day in which hundreds of thousands have taken to the street to protest the disappearance of 43 students at the hands of a drug gang allied with a local politician. Dr. Andre Dorce Ramos, a researcher at the Communications Sciences Department in the Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana in Mexico and the ombudsman for Public Broadcasting Channel 22, joins us to explain how Mexicans have reached the breaking point in their anger and frustration at rampant corruption and the culture of impunity among Mexico’s political elite, highlighted by the recent appearance on Mexican television of the president’s wife, a soap opera star, indignant that she should have to explain the inside deal she got from a crony of her husband’s on a seven million dollar mansion.