GUESTS: Harry Holzer, Maori Karmael Holmes, Michael Premo
President Trump announced his support for legislation that would significantly curb legal immigration. The RAISE Act, a plan put forth by Republican Senators Tom Cotton and David Perdue, would use a merit-based system to decide who to admit into the country. It gives extra weight to more highly skilled workers who are fluent in English. We start this hour looking at the proposal and how it would affect the economy with HARRY HOLZER, professor of public policy at Georgetown University who previously served as chief economist for the U.S. Department of Labor.
Then, we’ll talk about who gets to tell certain stories. There’s controversy surrounding the Game of Thrones writers developing Confederate, an alternative history series in which American slavery was never abolished. Also, the film Detroit directed by Kathryn Bigelow has received criticism because of its white director and screenwriter, its subject matter and missing role of black women. We’re joined by MAORI KARMAEL HOLMES founder of the Black Star Film Festival and MICHAEL PREMO, co-founder and executive producer at Storyline, to discuss the relationship of filmmaker and story.