Following reports of hundreds of unaccompanied, undocumented children being detained and sent to holding facilities by U.S. officials, new pictures surfaced this week appearing to show children lying under foil blankets at the Nogales Border Patrol station in Arizona. The pictures raise questions about the conditions these children confront while being held in detention facilities. According to a spokesman for Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, the state is releasing federal medical and other supplies to the facility as a result of the conditions there.
California Senator Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer, who in December introduced legislation to ensure humane treatment at Customs and Border Protection detention facilities, will join Melissa Harris-Perry on Sunday to discuss immigration reform and detention facility conditions. And with another shooting rampage in the news this week – a gunman who killed one and injured three at Seattle Pacific University – Senator Boxer will discuss the outlook for gun control legislation in Congress.
Plus, we will look at the politics of presenting President Obama, tracing the history of his orchestrated optics from his 2004 speech at the Democratic National Convention to his appearance in the Rose Garden last week with the parents of Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl. We will also explore the personal presentation of First Lady Michelle Obama, and discuss her remarks at Dr. Maya Angelou’s memorial service on Saturday morning.
President Obama’s "My Brother’s Keeper" initiative moved forward last week, with the release of his task force’s 60-page report of recommendations for the program. The head of the president’s task force will join host Melissa Harris-Perry on Sunday to discuss the proposed recommendations. And the panel will discuss two recent stories with serious implications for the lives of young black and Latino men, including Fusion’s “Suspect City” report that found more than 65,000 people have been stopped and questioned by the police in Miami Gardens since 2008.
Apple’s recent $3 billion acquisition of Beats has prompted a discussion about culture, consumption, and hip-hop scholar Jeff Chang, author of Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation, will join the show. Read his interview with Vox about this beforehand.
And the education program "Reading Rainbow" has new life! Actor and host LeVar Burton will join the show to discuss the success of his Kickstarter campaign, and why he’s working again to address illiteracy among children.