Melissa Harris-Perry | February 02, 2013
>>> been here on the break, because there was a whole like organizing and asking for the resumes and deciding and quite lovely, but in part, because you guys are all sort of as my father would say in the struggle still, and both of you are in d.c. all of the time, and what is environment that we are looking at right now for the dreamers ?
>> well, in d.c. what we are seeing is that first of all we are encouraged by the interest of both parties. we are not naive, because it is a political calculus for both parties and the president, and what we are very discouraged about is this false narrative that borders are not secure, and the families tend to be deported, but for the dreamers , this is a critical point to continue to lead in the fight. we did not get here, because president obama has a good heart, and democrats and republicans have a good heart. this is over a decade of organizing, mobilizing and registering a massive number of latino voters who came out to the polls. that is what got us here, and we know that if we want a bill that is good for our community, we have to keep fighting and organizi organizing, and for the dreamers , we want a real and direct path for citizenship and not just for the dreamers , but the families.
>> and there is a strategy, because we will talk about rosa parks later in the show, and parks was a respectable citizen and you used her as a wedge to blow open some of the civil rights organizing questions burk when we focus exclusively on the s.t.e.m., science, technology, engineering and math, and not law degredegrees, but looking at the status of the families, and what does that mean for us?
>> what christina has mentioned a few times before, the dreamers are not about the dreamers that come here by themselves, because they are part of families, and we are delivering that message to congress and especially to the president. the president in the second term, his concern is about legacy, and what legacy is he leaving? a legacy of broken families or a legacy of real reform? that something that we are demanding to bring something, because this country is not about one people, but about a community, and that is something that we want to demonstrate to the president and the republicans.
>> that is exactly what the dreamers represent, and we talk about the big blue tent in the coalition, and who makes it up in a partisan way, but if you look at the dreamers , and the way it is working, there is a diverse group, because there are 1 100,000 lgbt people who are in this work, and also some latino lgbt people who are inspired by this and the dreamers , and the young coalition of young people .
>> and this is strategic and how we change the narrative of immigration, and this is when it became a human issue.
>> and you have given the president who has extraordinary street credentials who was elected, and he has deported more people in his presidency than any president beforehand and with a community, and with a community like yours and with the pulling the lenses back on the entire landscape and understanding of course, that this is not just the latino vote, but it is an issue for everybody. there are students coming from the culinary schools and going into the fashion schools and the hospitality corridors and the people in agricultural issues picking blueberries and affecting meals on the table, and if we can get this right and congress not involved in the deafening silence and do something, wow.
>> i love this idea that it is a broad coalition. thank you to all of you. coming up next, why school segregation is making a comeback. i can't believe that is the story, but it is. and the rosa parks that you don't know. her extraordinary life is revealed. there is more nerdland at the top of the hour. if