Melissa Harris-Perry: Deportation is a ‘fugitive slave law’ . . . under Obama

As illegal immigrants in Flint hesitate to open their doors for fear of being deported, MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry said Saturday that she did not want this to mar Obama’s last year in office.

Deportation sweeps have created an atmosphere of fear, Harris-Perry believes, as the Michigan immigrant community’s reluctance to accept aid has led to their falling victim to the poisoned water.

“This does feel to me like potentially a black/brown coalition moment,” said Harris-Perry on MSNBC Saturday, “because I don’t want the Obama administration’s final year to be marred by a fugitive slave law around the question of this deportation that leads in the context of Flint to actual children being actually poisoned by lead because their parents are too afraid to open the door for clean water.”

Harris-Perry disagreed with guest Maria Hinojosa, of NPR’s “Latino USA,”  and her suggestion that Michelle Obama should meet with the undocumented families in Flint.

“For me, it’s not a first lady moment,” Harris Perry replied. “It is the Department of Homeland Security making a decision…that I presume is coming from the administration. But I don’t know because I have asked (Sec. of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson) repeatedly to appear on my TV show and he will not.”

Watch the MSNBC video below:

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