Nov 21 2014

Roberto Lovato Excoriates Democrats Over Obama Exec. Action, Makes Links With Mexico Crisis

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President Obama, in a prime-time televised address yesterday, finally announced his much anticipated executive action on immigration policy in a brief 15 minute speech, heartening immigrant rights activists and angering conservatives.

Specifically the President, using his executive authority, will enable about 4 million undocumented immigrants to remain the US without fear of deportation, if they pass a background check and verify that they are paying taxes. The order also eases requirements for high-tech workers to enter the US and remain here. Republicans lashed out, threatening to shut down the government over what they say is an abuse of Presidential power.

Meanwhile, in Mexico, where so many of the US’s immigrants hail from, a serious uprising over state violence and corruption is in full force. Galvanized by the case of the 43 missing students from Ayotzinapa, Guerrero, Mexicans have been relentlessly marching and demanding an end to the US-backed drug war and more and participated in a general strike yesterday with the promise of more to come. Solidarity actions were held in US cities as well as including in Los Angeles where this program is produced.

On December 3rd, activists in dozens of US cities are planning to mobilize against Plan Mexico, the US initiative which funnels funds into fighting the drug war but which are instead fueling a large part of the problem. The coming action is being dubbed #USTired2.

GUEST: Roberto Lovato is a writer and journalist, and a visiting scholar at the Center for Latino Policy Research at U.C. Berkeley.

Visit www.ustired2.com for more information about the December 3rd mobilizations.

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