CNN announced this afternoon its coverage plans for the nationwide immigrations protests scheduled for May 1st, also known as May Day.
As part of CNN’s May Day coverage, CNN anchor Lou Dobbs, who has provided leading news reports and commentary about immigration and border protection for more than two years, examines the immigration debates during Lou Dobbs Tonight. For the program, Casey Wian will cover protests along the West Coast, and Bill Tucker will cover those along the East Coast. Lisa Sylvester examines the politics of the boycotts from a Washington, D.C., perspective. Lou Dobbs Tonight airs each weekday from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
On Tuesday, May 2, Cooper reveals a typical day along the border of the United States and Mexico in “24 Hours on the Border.” The special, which will air during Anderson Cooper 360° at 11 p.m., follows border patrol officers, civilians and others chronologically during a single, 24-hour period.
CNN’s comprehensive coverage for May Day also includes:
For American Morning, Dan Lothian examines a U.S. government campaign within the Mexican media to discourage Mexicans from crossing the border. The public service effort includes a song about the dangers of border crossing that has become popular on Mexican radio. Correspondent Bob Franken reports from Las Vegas, examining the effects of the boycott on that city. American Morning, anchored by Soledad O’Brien and Miles O’Brien, airs each weekday from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m.;
For Live From, Dobbs debates Maria Elena Salinas, news anchor with Univision and author of I Am My Father’s Daughter about U.S. immigration policy. Live From, anchored by Kyra Phillips, airs each weekday from 1 p.m to 4 p.m. (ET)
For The Situation Room, the program will air reports from correspondents positioned across the country. Chris Lawrence reports from Los Angeles to find out how the protest developed without a single definitive leader. The program also examines the Republican divide on immigration and the potential political fallout from the issue given that this is an election year. The Situation Room, anchored by Wolf Blitzer, airs from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and again from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
For Anderson Cooper 360°, Cooper anchors from Los Angeles for the evening. In a program focused on immigration issues, Rusty Dornin offers an inside look at border patrols, Randi Kaye reports on gang violence along the border; Ed Lavendera examines the risks of crossing the border and Rick Sanchez examines the deportation process by following a deported Central American man back to his home country. Anderson Cooper 360° airs each weekday from 10 p.m. to midnight;
Online, CNN.com will provide on-location online video and reports about protests in multiple cities across the United States from several CNN.com correspondents deployed in the field. Reports will be available on the site as well as in the free video section and on CNN Pipeline, the site’s premium broadband video news service.