November 19 - Obama's Expected Immigration Reform Proposals; Is the U.S. Reaping What it has Sowed in Honduras?; U.S. Responsiblity for Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras Becoming Narco-States

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We begin with a preview of President Obama’s expected executive actions on immigration reform due to be announced on Thursday. Angela Maria Kelly, the Vice President for Immigration Policy and Advocacy at the Center For American Progress, joins us to discuss the extent to which Obama can push the envelope through executive action on immigration reform in the face of an obstructionist Congress whose inactivity on the issue of our broken immigration system has led to the current impasse. We will assess what reaction and retaliation the Republicans might take amid threats of impeachment and shutting down the government again.

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Then, with the discovery of the body of a Honduran beauty queen who was due to fly to London to represent Honduras in the Miss World contest, we examine the roots of violence in this tiny impoverished country that has the highest homicide rate in the world. Adrienne Pine, a Professor of Anthropology at American University and a self-described militant medical anthropologist who as worked in Honduras, joins us to discuss the extent to which the U.S. is reaping what it has sowed in Honduras by supporting the 2009 military coup that has turned the  country into a narco state.

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Then finally we will speak with Alexander Main, the Senior Associate for International Policy at the Center for Economic and Policy Research whose research focuses on U.S. foreign policy in Latin America and the Caribbean and U.S. security and counter-narcotics assistance in Central America. We discuss the extent to which the decades long war on drugs has failed to stop Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala from turning into narco states and the how much the recent flight of unaccompanied minors to the United States is the direct result of a lack of security and safety for the citizens of Honduras and El Salvador who appear to be collateral damage in failed the war on drugs.

 

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