President Obama put the weight of his office on Thursday behind new executive actions aimed at shoring up the country’s immigration policy. Building on his 2012 DACA initiative, this executive action provides temporary relief from the threat of deportation for even more people who are living in the country illegally.
we spoke with some policy experts to break down nuances of the announcement as well as its political implications. Sunday, we will welcome back a few of the immigration reform activists we have welcomed to #nerdland, including college student and On Saturday’s show, former hunger striker Cynthia Diaz, along with her mother. Also:
- Cesar Vargas, co-director, Dream Action Coalition
- Cristobal Alex, President, Latino Victory Project
- Gerardo Torres, member, Puente Arizona
We’ll return to Ferguson, where the waiting game continues. The community remains on edge as a decision looms for the grand jury tasked with whether or not to indict Officer Darren Wilson in the August shooting death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown. A state of emergency has already been declared by Missouri governor Jay Nixon in anticipation of the reaction by protestors and activists to the grand jury decision. We have a table of legal experts to explain just what the grand jury will use to determine its decision.
We will take an extended look at the growing controversy surrounding comedian and actor Bill Cosby over allegations of rape and sexual assault. Thirteen women have come forward, most with strikingly similar accounts. Host Melissa Harris-Perry will speak with one of Cosby’s accusers.Then, our panel includes Daily Beast columnist and former trial lawyer Dean Obeidallah, Cosmopolitan.com senior political writer Jill Filipovic, and Rutgers professor Brittney Cooper, who argued in an October column that the allegations against Cosby should change the way society remembers his 1980s sitcom character as an icon of black fatherhood.