Linea Abierta Programming: WEEK OF DECEMBER 10, 2018

PROGRAM # 8495 12:00 PM PT

Search for the Common Dream. At a time when a divisive rhetoric on immigrants from Central America is threatening to alienate Latinos, leaders from various Latino backgrounds meet at the United Nations headquarters to seek common ground and pledge to work on dispelling false perceptions and promoting awareness about the contributions and power of the Latino community.

Guest: Claudia Romo Edelman, Founder, We Are All Human Foundation, Editor of Thrive Global, New York, NY.

“Public Charge” Deadline. Today is the deadline for the public to comment on the Trump administration’s proposed changes to the “public charge” rules, which would penalize green card applicants if they have received public help with food, healthcare or housing. This proposal has already raised fears in immigrant communities about using Medicaid coverage or going to the doctor.

Guest: Mayra Alvarez, President, The Children’s Partnership, Los Angeles, CA.


PROGRAM # 8496 12:00 PM PT

Immigration Edition. As US troops extend their deployment along the Mexican border, thousands of Honduran migrants face a humanitarian crisis and some camped out in front of an international gate staging a hunger strike. On other story, after testifying before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights on the escalation of the militarization of the Southwest border, a civil rights advocate discusses how this is leading to more civil rights abuses and tragedies.

Guests: Alex Castro, Migrant, Participant in Honduran Exodus, Hunger Striker, Tijuana, MX; Alex Mensing, Member, Pueblo Sin Fronteras, Tijuana, MX; Cynthia Pompa, Advocacy Manager, Border Rights Center, ACLU, Washington, DC.


PROGRAM # 8497  12:00 PM PT

Bracero Savings Fund. The Mexican Supreme Court ordered the Mexican government to pay former Braceros the savings fund withheld from their salaries when they worked in the US in the 1940s and 1950s. The lawyer and leaders of the veteran contracted workers clarify the confusion on the court’s decision and warn against scams.

Guests: Porfirio Martínez, Lawyer, Bracero Plaintiffs; Vicente Policarpo Rodríguez and Bruno Morelos, Former Braceros; Rosa Martha Zárate, Leader of Coordinating Team of Former Braceros in the US, Mexico City; Lidia Cano, Widow of Former Bracero and Leading Advocate, Empalme, Mexico.


PROGRAM # 8498 12:00 PM PT

Latinos in Congress. Overcoming serious obstacles, Latinos increased their numbers in the US Congress to more than forty after the midterm election. This program includes conversations with newly-elected representatives who flipped seats in majority-Latino districts where voters were angered by Trumpism. How are they planning to use their new power in Congress in areas such as immigration and healthcare policy?

Guests: Representative-Elect TJ Cox, D-CA, Fresno, CA; Francisco Pedraza, Political Scientist, University of California Riverside, Riverside, CA; Others TBA.


PROGRAM # 8499  12:00 PM PT

Mexico Edition. Martha Elena Ramírez hosts the program Voz Pública from Mexico City. The civic journalist brings news and analysis on Mexican developments.

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