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REDIRECT: Immigration Law and Perspectives
REDIRECT is a weekly dive into the world of immigration law and its human consequences. Refugees and border walls, rhetoric and politics. We break it down and get to the truth.
4 days ago
This week it's a crossover with Jeff from Georgia and the Dissident Peasant podcast. Check out his patreon here. Follow Jeff on Twitter, @jeffhisdudeness. Jeff Sessions embodies many of the pressing issues of our time: crumbling confederate relics, voter suppression, and racist immigration policies. While his political career may be over, his project lives on.
Jul 25, 2020
Customer Probationary Bureau
This week we're joined by Aaron Reichlin-Melnick (@ReichlinMelnick) from the American Immigration Council to talk about how we're ignoring the law when it comes to appointing heads of DHS, Customs and Border Protection (or is it patrol?), what's going on in Portland, and why we need a healthy dose of skepticism when it comes to anything coming from DHS. CBP did an oopsies and lied in federal court. CBP oopsies and lies about the border. CBP oopsies and loses track of children. When Enterprise picks you up (to take you to the gulag), what kind of van do you hope they use? Check out the Michael Brooks Show if you haven't already. We will miss you, Michael. Check out our Patreon page at www.patreon.com/redirect Get yourself a t-shirt or sticker.
Jul 17, 2020
Dodge Caravans, U-Visas, and Executive Order Bills
This week we're joined by Robin Thurston from Democracy Forward to talk about sneaky changes made by the administration at the Department of Labor designed to make it harder for immigrants to get U-Visas. Robin Thurston is a Democracy Forward senior counsel. Robin is the lead attorney on the U visa litigation. You can check out her bio here. Democracy Forward is suing the administration to stop these changes from moving forward. We talk about the upcoming immigration executive order bill and all the exciting new powers that SCOTUS gave to POTUS. What a time to be alive!
Jul 3, 2020
FOIA and Furloughs
This week we're joined by Matt Cameron (@matt_cam) and Andrew Free (@immcivilrights) to talk about furloughs at the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services and the critical role of FOIA. The #DetentionKills network published #FOIA records from ICE that prove the government and its auditors have failed to accurately report and document attempts by people in custody to commit suicide in ICE jails. Suicide is the leading cause of death in ICE custody. Matt Cameron talks about simplifying amnesty. Bring back the registry! Follow us at @yakimaabogado, @redirectpod, @MattArchambeau1 Become a patron at www.patreon.com/redirect
Jun 26, 2020
This week we're joined by Amy Maldonado to talk about Trump's latest immigration ban, what's going on with DACA and USCIS, and the recent decision by SCOTUS. It's hard to keep up with all the changes, and I think that's the point.
Jun 19, 2020
This week we're joined by immigration attorney extraordinaire Luis Cortes to talk about his recent victory before the Supreme Court in the DACA case. The program survives, but what does it mean moving forward? Will the administration try to, you know, do a competent job in dismantling it a second time? Will new applicants be able to apply? All this and more on this week's Redirect. Become a patron at www.patreon.com/redirect
Jun 13, 2020
The End of Asylum Law
This week we're joined by Valeria Gomez and Tanvi Misra to discuss the DOJ's efforts to purge the Board of Immigration Appeals, and proposed regulatory changes that would effectively end asylum protections in the U.S. Tanvi Misra (@tanvim) is an immigration reporter at Roll Call, you can also find her great work at www.tanvimisra.com. You can read about the DOJ's BIA purge here: https://www.rollcall.com/2020/06/09/doj-reassigned-career-members-of-board-of-immigration-appeals/ You can read more about the proposed changes to asylum law here: https://immigrationimpact.com/2020/06/11/end-asylum-trump/#.XuPtDxNKjOS (h/t to Aaron Reichlin-Melnick (@ReichlinMelnick))
Jun 6, 2020
This week we're joined by Dulce Gutierrez to discuss the ongoing agricultural worker strikes in Central Washington. Dulce works at the Washington State Labor Council and has been helping to spread the word about the strikes on her Facebook page. Hundreds of striking workers are demanding PPE and hazard pay at a series of different warehouses throughout the Yakima area. You can support the workers by donating to their go fund me: https://www.gofundme.com/f/didyoueattoday You can follow the worker's progress over at the Facebook page of Familias Unidas por la Justicia: https://www.facebook.com/FamiliasUnidas/
May 30, 2020
This week Matthew and I discuss the ongoing protests against police brutality. Have the actions of Amy Cooper and the death of George Floyd served as a kind of tipping point? What reforms, if any, will come from this?
May 16, 2020
This week we're joined by Max Siegelbaum, Co-founding Editor and Senior Reporter at Documented, to talk about his experience covering the New York Immigration Courts.
May 8, 2020
The Greatest Depression
This week Matthew and I talk about how people aren't grateful enough for how good things were just before they got bad. The Board of Immigration Appeals continues to pick fights with unrepresented individuals. Immigration laws, who is "legal" and who is "not," continues to be a totally random and arbitrary outcome based on a patchwork of mostly bad laws. The Justice Department decides not to pursue the case against Michael Flynn, because sometimes lying is NBD. We talk about how lying is almost always a VBD (Very Big Deal) for our clients.
May 1, 2020
This week we're joined by Luis Cortes to discuss Trump's new Immigration Ban, meat packing plants, and trying to stagger our panic attacks so we can be there for each other.
Apr 18, 2020
Detainees and Elections
This week Matthew and I talk about what's happening at the immigrant detention centers where symptomatic detainees are denied COVID-19 tests. We also talk about the upcoming election. It is possible to be completely void of enthusiasm for a Biden presidency, to recognize his many flaws, and to also understand the unique threat that is a second Trump term. We try to highlight the differences between a potential Biden presidency and Trump years 5-8.
Apr 11, 2020
Low Skill Essential
This week Matthew and I are joined by Davorin Odrcic and Leo de la Garza, fellow immigration attorneys in Milwaukee and Austin, to discuss how the social distancing is affecting our clients, and whether they will continue to be demonized despite working in "essential" jobs that are, you know, keeping us alive.
Apr 4, 2020
Big Boring Changes
This week Matthew and I talk about the unrelenting bad changes coming from this administration. This week saw a new decision from the Board of Immigration Appeals, reshaping the definition of "extreme and exceptionally unusual hardship."
Mar 27, 2020
Be Excellent to Each Other
This week Matthew and I discuss some recent immigration lawyer drama. As the unemployment crisis explodes we should remember to be, you know, decent humans. The immigration courts are open, but not really, except sometimes? Check Twitter. Plus some hot takes on Biden, the primary (remember the primary?) and more. Become a patron at patreon.com/redirect, subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify, etc. etc. etc.
Mar 24, 2020
To Close or Not too Close...
Attend class, grow brain, don't die of virus. This week we're joined by Matt Cameron (@matt_cam) to talk about the immigration courts closing, sort of, as well as other immigration services and how this might affect the future of our immigration system. You can also sign up for Matt's graduate immigration seminar. Shoot him an e-mail at email@example.com
Mar 14, 2020
Target is Open, Folks
This week Matthew and I were interrupted by a super-important Rose Garden press conference, wherein Trump definitely gave the corona virus to a large group of people including reporters, the Vice President, a bunch of CEOs, and even some doctors, who you think would probably know better? Anyhow things are fine and Target is definitely still open so why are people freaking out? We discuss the poor crisis management we're seeing from the immigration courts, and other fun topics.
Mar 6, 2020
This week Matthew and I are joined by Reveal Journalist Aura Bogado. Her recent piece is the story of a 17-year-old immigrant child who has spent the last 6 years in government custody, separated from her family. You can read her piece here: https://www.revealnews.org/article/the-disappeared/ Matthew and I discuss recent developments in the presidential race, and how Matthew almost certainly has the corona virus.
Feb 29, 2020
Good News, Bad News
This week we're joined by Matt Cameron to discuss the corona virus, Stephen Miller, and a bunch of Court cases. Merel Kahn did a great job breaking down U.S. v Sineneng-Smith over at her blog Top of the Ninth. The question in that case is whether someone who "encourages" an individual to stay in the U.S. illegally can go to jail. For a very long time. We talk about Matter of RAF, a new Bill Barr special making it harder to win Convention Against Torture cases. Matthew shares some good news out of the 3rd Circuit, and the 9th Circuit found MPP to be illegal. We celebrated this decision before it was stayed last night. So, there's that.
Feb 21, 2020
This week we're joined by Luis Cortes, friend of the show, who recently surprised his mother by reuniting her with her parents after some 30 years apart. Getting his grandparents here was a heavy lift. Their tourist visas were denied four times. Mexicans in particular have a difficult time obtaining tourist visas to visit their families in the U.S. This is a major source of heart ache for thousands of families across the country.
Feb 8, 2020
This week we're joined by Boston-based immigration attorney Susan Church. Susan was on the front lines of Trump's first Muslim ban, and we go over the new ban reboot, find out where we are at, and where we can go next. If you like the show, become a patron at patreon.com/redirect, subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher or Spotify, and leave us a nice review!
Feb 1, 2020
This week we're joined by Daniel Denvir, Host Jacobin's @thedigradio podcast. Fellow @ watsoninstitute and author of All-American Nativism. His book is a must read for those who are trying to understand our immigration history and how exactly we got to this point. We recorded Friday morning before the news of the newest muslim ban. We will be discussing that next week. It's impossible to stay on top of the news these days, frankly. If you like the show, become a patron at patreon.com/redirect, subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher or Spotify, and leave us a nice review!
Jan 25, 2020
This week Matthew talks about his recent experience in civil litigation, representing a client who was sexually assaulted while in immigration custody. We discuss impeachment, and the general state of things.
Jan 17, 2020
There IS a Line
Quick episode this week as a solo Stephen addresses reemerging concerns about "chain migration" and arguments that immigrant families should do it the right way and "get in line." Stephen breaks down a typical timeline for immigrating and bringing close family members over with examples, providing a concise explanation you can share with friends and family. If you like the show, check out the Patreon at www.patreon.com/redirect. Follow us on Twitter, @RedirectPod.
Jan 10, 2020
Kushner's Got This
This week on Redirect: Immigration Law & Perspectives, Matthew and I discuss the new asylum "agreement" with Honduras. Acting DHS secretary Chad Wolf was just in Honduras, shaking hands with President Juan Orlando Hernandez, the man who was recently implicated in a massive drug trafficking scheme. You can read about it here: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/18/world/americas/honduras-president-brother-drug-trafficking.html Meanwhile, Jared Kushner, the man who has been tasked with brokering some kind of immigration "solution," thinks that low refugee numbers are no big deal given the scale of the global problem. Kushner's grandparents came here after surviving the holocaust, and our admissions process then was so restrictive they had to lie to get their visas. https://www.propublica.org/article/trump-inc-podcast-listen-to-jared-kushners-family-saga
Jan 3, 2020
This week Jenn Budd (@buddjenn) joins us to talk about her time as a Border Patrol officer, and the problems with Border Patrol culture. It's a fascinating look at how the agency has changed over time, and how we can address those issues.
Dec 23, 2019
The Not-Depressing Show
This week Matthew and I discuss some of the good things happening in the world of immigration law. It's the shortest show of the year! Special thanks to all our listeners and colleagues. We love you all.
Dec 14, 2019
This week Matthew and I try to make sense of a dizzying array of crappy stories. How do we stay on top of the news when it is non-stop terrible? Big thanks to Hamed Aleaziz (@Haleaziz) who has been reporting on big stories, including the asylum winner who is being blocked from entry into the U.S., the asylum seekers being deported to Guatemala, and the horrendous medical treatment provided in ICE facilities. https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/hamedaleaziz/ice-immigrant-surgeries-deaths-jails-whistleblower-secret https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-immigration-guatemala/u-s-asylum-seekers-sent-to-guatemala-preferring-to-return-to-home-countries-idUSKBN1YH07S If this week's show feels a little discombobulated it's probably because that's how we feel. Heads are spinning. If you like the show, check out the Patreon at www.patreon.com/redirect www.redirect.threadless.com for merch!
Dec 6, 2019
Kids in Cafes
This week on Redirect: Immigration Law & Perspectives, Matthew and I are joined by Bridget Cambria and Adriana Zambrano. We talk about what is supposed to happen when unaccompanied children are detained at the border. We also talk about what happened to Carlos Gregorio Hernandez Vasquez, a 16-year-old Guatemalan migrant who died in Border Patrol custody. Video of Carlos's death was recently published by ProPublica and it calls into question the narrative provided by Border Patrol. It also exposes the harsh and inhumane treatment endured not just by Carlos, but by many other children like him. https://www.propublica.org/article/inside-the-cell-where-a-sick-16-year-old-boy-died-in-border-patrol-care Adriana Zambrano Law Grad + Legal Assistant with the Defending Vulnerable Populations Program at CLINIC, working with formerly separated families. Bridget Cambria is “just” a volunteer attorney and Executive Director with Aldea - the People’s Justice Center, and Partner at Cambria…
Nov 25, 2019
We're very grateful for our guests this week! They include Matt Cameron (@matt_cam), Matthew Hoppock (@MatthewHoppock), Matthew Archambeault (@MattMarchambeau1), Alicia Perez, Andrew Free (@ImmCivilRights), and Hassan Ahmad (@HMAesq) Yes, I know. Three Matts. As is tradition, we go around the table sharing what we're most grateful for. We also take turns responding to right wing talking points in preparation for Thanksgiving with the fam. By far the best thing about having a podcast is having an excuse to call some of the best people in the world and just talk. I am so grateful for all my colleagues who inspire me to continue in this fight.
Nov 15, 2019
DACA and Pirates
This week Matthew and I are joined by Luis Cortes to talk about his recent experience before the Supreme Court. What was the DACA case all about, how did the argument go, and what comes next? We also discussed Mexican pirates. If you enjoy our immigration law musings, be sure to become a patron over at patreon.com/redirect, subscribe and review at all the places (iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify, YouTube) and share it with your friends!
Nov 9, 2019
A federal judge blocked the Trump administration's plan to bar immigrants who can't pay for health insurance. Trump accidentally argues in favor of single payer healthcare. Oops. Also, Bernie Sanders released the most impressive immigration plan we've ever seen, "A Welcoming and Safe America for All." Links!: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/02/us/trump-immigration-health-care-visas.html https://berniesanders.com/issues/welcoming-and-safe-america-all/ If you like Redirect: Immigration Law and Perspectives, become a patron at www.patreon.com/redirect
Oct 25, 2019
This week we're joined by Matt Cameron to discuss our shameful and embarrassing producer (@jeremiahbritt), the best/worst way to die, and how ICE enforcement priorities actually aren't making your community safer.
Oct 10, 2019
Matthew and I check out form I-944, Declaration of Self Sufficiency, for the very first time. Listen carefully for the sound of our souls being crushed. This form will be required starting Monday for all family-based green card applications. It's a doozy.
Oct 4, 2019
DACA and SCOTUS
This week we're joined by Luis Cortes to discuss the upcoming DACA oral arguments before the Supreme Court. The Trump administration has been arguing that DACA is super duper illegal, and they're terminating as a legal necessity. How will that case hold up before SCOTUS?
Sep 27, 2019
We're Number 1!
This week on REDIRECT: Immigration Law & Perspectives, we smash through the immigration doldrums, shake off the lads, and celebrate our status as #1 Most Generous Country! Yes, we may have slashed refugee admissions to a historic low, plus the whole thing about kids in cages and what not, but the Acting Director of USCIS is here to assure you that in fact we're the most generous country on the planet. Bigly. Matthew talks about the MPP (Migrant Protection Protocols), and other happy stories on this week's episode. Check out the Patreon page at www.patreon.com/redirect.
Sep 7, 2019
Operation: Phone Call
This week Matthew and I discuss my inspirational story of ICE and CBP answering phone calls and responding to emails. They should make a Disney movie. Matthew, fresh off his Canadian vacation, shares his tips for aspiring immigration lawyers, and we discuss "SHARPIE-GATE," the latest in a string of totally unsurprising yet completely depressing Trump lies. You can support the show by becoming a patron at www.patreon.com/redirect Follow us all on the Twitter: Stephen: @yakimaabogado Matthew: @MattArchambeau1 Jeremiah: @JeremiahBritt
Aug 30, 2019
We Want YOU
This week Matt Cameron (@Matt_Cam) joins me to discuss 200 million FEMA dollars now going to tent courts and kid jails instead of, you know, actual disasters. Also, the administration tweaks a citizenship rule that is both a big deal and not that big of a deal actually. Then Matt and I discuss our advice for people who are thinking about becoming an immigration attorney.
Aug 23, 2019
This week we're joined by Aaron Reichlin-Melnick (@reichlin-melnick on the Twitters) of the American Immigration Council to discuss the Trump administration's recent effort to end the Flores settlement. What is the Flores settlement? Why are they doing this? Is today's episode depressing or absurd? You'll have to tune in to find out! Go to www.patreon.com/redirect to support the show, give me a follow on Twitter (@yakimaabogado), subscribe on all the places (Spotify, Stitcher, iTunes), and leave a review! The show is produced by the one-and-only Jeremiah Britt (@jeremiahbritt).
Aug 16, 2019
Seattle attorney Greg McLawsen joins us to discuss the administration's new "public charge" rules for immigrants who are trying to "do it the right way." Greg dissects the 800 page rule that is supposed to go into effect in October. While there is a great deal of uncertainty in how the standards will actually be applied, one thing is for sure: this whole thing serves as a totally unnecessary obstacle for those trying to legalize their status.
Aug 10, 2019
REDIRECT: Rhetoric and Raids
This week Matthew and I discuss the terrorist attack in El Paso and the President's rhetoric. Raids in Mississippi resulted in nearly 700 arrests. Raids aren't new, and maybe ewe should stop, you know . . . raiding?
Aug 2, 2019
This week I'm flying solo, recapping the democratic debates. Should "ILLEGALS" get healthcare? Should we have "OPEN BORDERS"? Lots of rad framing from the moderators. Should ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION be LEGALIZED? This and more! Don't forget to check out the patreon page over at patreon.com/redirect
Jul 26, 2019
REDIRECT: KEEP OUT
This week I talk with Matthew about his recent efforts to combat the administration's Migrant Protection Protocols. Ramon Valdez from Innovation Law Lab also joins us to discuss the so-called "asylum transit ban." As we were talking news broke of a "safe third country" agreement with Guatemala, so we try to digest that bit of news. The common thread here is that the administration does not want asylum seekers in the U.S. Period.
1 hr 12 min
Jul 19, 2019
REDIRECT: Al Otro Lado
This week on REDIRECT: Immigration Law & Perspectives, Matthew and I are joined by Nora Phillips, the legal director and co-founder of Al Otro Lado (@AlOtroLado_Org). They have been doing critical work on the border now for many years. You can find out more at www.alotrolado.org People often ask what they can do to help address the situation at the border. Nora gives some great ideas on that. We also take some time to dunk on our colleagues, and to talk about the importance of taking care of ourselves in these difficult times. Follow us at all the places (iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify) leave a review, and become a patron at www.patreon.com/redirect
Jul 12, 2019
This week we're joined by Matt Cameron (@matt_cam) to discuss to raids announced for this weekend. Have the people targeted really received "due process"? Why announce an action like this? We also talk about acting director of USCIS, Ken Cuccinelli. Why is he going on Fox and Friends to carry water for ICE? What are the "loopholes" they keep talking about? Finally, we discuss Elizabeth Warren's immigration plan. It's good. Links: Ken Cuccinelli on Fox and Friends: https://www.mediamatters.org/video/2019/06/24/fox-friends-ken-cuccinelli-says-opposition-trumps-immigration-policies-akin-financing-mexican-drug/224013 Elizabeth Warren's Immigration Plan: https://medium.com/@teamwarren/a-fair-and-welcoming-immigration-system-8fff69cd674e Patreon: www.patreon.com/redirect
Jun 29, 2019
REDIRECT: Debates and Disaster
This Wednesday Matthew and I discussed the ongoing crisis at the border, you know, the real crisis. The story of Oscar Alberto Martinez Ramirez and his daughter is heart breaking, tragic, and completely avoidable. Plus, I half-watched what felt like 40 hours of democratic debates and I'm here to break it down. Turns out that it was, you know . . . mostly ok?
Jun 14, 2019
REDIRECT: Against the Deportation Terror
This week we're joined by Rachel Ida Buff, Professor of History and Coordinator of the Comparative Ethnic Studies Program at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee to discuss her book, "Against the Deportation Terror, Organizing for Immigrant Rights in the Twentieth Century." You can check out the book here: http://tupress.temple.edu/book/20000000009427 Matthew and I discuss the ongoing detention crisis, and recent successes. Become a patron over at www.patreon.com/redirect, subscribe at all the places (iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify, Youtube), and tell your friends.
1 hr 10 min
Jun 8, 2019
REDIRECT: You're Doing it Wrong
Is it opposite day? The President is trying to "fix" the immigration "problem" by making things worse for Mexicans and Central Americans. I'm starting to think maybe that's the point? As Trump gears up to impose new tariffs on Mexico, the Mexican government cracks down on all the wrong people. Be sure to check out this beautiful and heart breaking piece by Jill Filipovic over at Politico: https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2019/06/07/domestic-violence-immigration-asylum-caravan-honduras-central-america-227086 If you like the show, subscribe at all the places! iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify, and now YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZJUQADlAFTgHkxz0tQJ8nQ/featured?view_as=subscriber)
May 31, 2019
This week Matthew and I discuss presidential candidates. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, our preferred candidates, still have not released detailed immigration proposals. Donald Trump has decided to levy tariffs on Mexican imports until they . . . stop illegal immigration? Or something? It's not totally clear what they're supposed to do, or what metric we will use to determine whether they've done "it," but there you go. More big ideas from our big brained big boy President. Be sure to subscribe at all the places (iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify) leave reviews, and become a patron over at www.patreon.com/redirect. Also, there's merch! www.redirect.threadless.com! H/T to Matthew Iglesias for his piece in Vox on Trump's tariffs: https://www.vox.com/2019/5/30/18646618/tariff-mexico-asylum-trump-usmca
May 24, 2019
REDIRECT: Blueprint (Part 2)
Part 2 of our interview with Luis Cortes. We discuss the usual questions from the other side of the debate: Why don't DREAMers "get in line"? Should we really reward their parents by awarding them legal status? Luis talks about how people can advocate for the DREAM Act, and more.
May 18, 2019
REDIRECT: Blueprint (Part I)
This week I sit down with Luis Cortes, fellow immigration attorney, DREAMer, and friend. Luis talks about growing up in the Bay Area, how he came to understand his own lack of status, and how he overcame obstacle after obstacle. This interview is a must listen for anyone hoping to better understand the life and experience of undocumented. If you enjoy the show, head over to www.patreon.com/redirect to become a patron today. You can find all your favorite podcast swag, including t-shirts, stickers, and yoga pants, over at redirect.threadless.com
May 11, 2019
REDIRECT: Myth Buster
This week Matthew and I are joined by Austin Kocher, a researcher at the National Immigration Lawyer Survey (NILS). He's written some great stuff, including these: https://www.law.ox.ac.uk/research-subject-groups/centre-criminology/centreborder-criminologies/blog/2018/03/greasing http://feature.politicalresearch.org/blurring-the-border Austin helps us Myth Bust the Myth Busting put out earlier this week by the Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR), a.k.a. the Immigration Court. You can find that here: https://www.justice.gov/eoir/page/file/1161001/download?fbclid=IwAR3QhOIdofOaQ8a2c4GGqNEKf1gugmAim2-ahWj6G558nHptoyLrBwR5Xws We talk about Glenn Beck stoking fear, and Donald Trump proposing a solution, except only kidding (but not really).
May 3, 2019
REDIRECT: Order in the Court
This week Matthew and Stephen discuss the obstruction of justice charges faced by a district court judge who didn't want ICE to warrantlessly arrest people in her courtroom, the administration lying about their capacity to reunify children who'd been separated from their families, and more.
Apr 26, 2019
This week Stephen is joined by Andrew Free to discuss Jared Kusher's big, bold, bipartisan immigration reform, right wing militias, and charges against Judge Shelley Joseph who is accused of helping a defendant in her courtroom avoid waiting immigration authorities. Steve King understands what Jesus went through, and Glenn Beck wonders if the Notre Dame fire was started by something . . . foreign . . . ? Be sure to check out our Patreon over at www.patreon.com/redirect, subscribe at all the places you can subscribe, and tell your friends about the show.
Apr 19, 2019
This week Stephen is joined by immigration attorneys Luis Cortez and Valeria Gomez to discuss the confusing challenges facing those trying to win asylum, including The Notorious PSG (Particular Social Group). PSG are semantic word games testing who gets asylum or not, forcing people to prove demonstrably true facts with an special sequence of words or they are told to try again, via appeal, in a few years, maybe. Or they just get sent back into the situation they are fleeing, because, yes, they are in danger, but is it the "right kind of danger"? Don't forget to check out the patreon at patreon.com/redirect
Apr 12, 2019
This week Matthew and Stephen discuss the recent purge at DHS, which is happening in the middle of a super real and not-at-all-fake national emergency. William Barr wants to reshape the Immigration Courts so we can deport more people more quickly. Obama says we should stop calling people racist. Is immigration a loser issue for democrats, or do they just lack the courage to talk about it in a meaningful way? Let us know what you think. Don't forget to check out the patreon at patreon.com/redirect
Apr 5, 2019
REDIRECT: Perry Mason
Mathew and I break down recent news that Trump wants to end the entire asylum system and the lies he's basing this "logic" on. We talk about challenges facing the current system, sigh heavily into our hands, and listen to Lou Dobbs struggle to count to three.
Mar 29, 2019
REDIRECT: Secret Password
This week I'm joined by fellow immigration attorney Matt Cameron to discuss the secret password that we give to asylum seekers so they can get into the country (according to Trump). We are told that immigrants should "do it the right way" at the same time the administration is making sure there are no more "right ways." We had a good discussion with our patrons last Friday. If you want in on the chats, or if you just want to support the show, become a patron at www.patreon.com/redirect You can also subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher, and Spotify!
Mar 21, 2019
REDIRECT: Mandatory Detention
This week on Redirect: Immigration Law & Perspectives, Matthew and I are joined by Dav Odrcic. We discuss "mandatory detention" and the recent Supreme Court case Nielsen v. Preap.
1 hr 6 min
Mar 15, 2019
This week Matthew and I are back together to discuss: The pro bono case we took thanks to our patrons; Bad lawyers who put their clients in removal proceedings; Representing immigrants with criminal history. I think this is a good conversation that will make you think about how the debate about immigration is framed. Remember, if you enjoy this discussion about immigration law, you can become a patron over at patreon.com/redirect, subscribe on iTunes (and leave a review!), like us on Facebook, and be nice to us on Twitter!
Mar 11, 2019
This week I talk with Jeremy Slack, a expert on Mexico and deportation. His next book, Deported to Death: How Drug Violence is reshaping migration in Mexico, won the International Competition for Public Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley and will be publish in the University of California Press.
Mar 1, 2019
REDIRECT: Stepping Down
This week I'm joined by Luis Cortes and Rebecca Jamil, a former Immigration Judge who stepped down after Jeff Sessions announced a series of changes, including limitations on asylum protections for domestic violence victims. You can read more about her here: https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/hamedaleaziz/immigration-policy-judge-resign-trump We talk about the life of an immigration judge, how to improve the immigration court, and our convoluted laws. Become a patron over at patreon.com/redirect
1 hr 8 min
Feb 25, 2019
A brief update as we inch closer to our 100 patron goal. Stay tuned in the coming weeks for some great interviews and content. Thanks for listening and supporting the show, you can become a patron over at www.patreon.com/redirect
Feb 14, 2019
21Savage is out on bond and Matthew and I are here with all the takes. We also talk about burned out immigration judges, caps on bed space, and my denied motion for telephonic. You know we're living in a society, people.
Feb 1, 2019
REDIRECT: Tape II
This week we're joined once again by Matt Cameron (@matt_cam) to discuss Trump's ongoing obsession with tape. It turns out our entire immigration debate comes from a movie. Also, we talk to Matt about his recent trip to Tijuana, the new "Remain" program that would force asylum seekers to wait out their claims in Mexico.
Jan 25, 2019
This week I'm joined by Aaron Reichlin-Melnick (@ReichlinMelnick), policy advisor at the American Immigration Council. Check out there great work over at https://www.americanimmigrationcouncil.org/ Aaron and I discuss the Trump administration's "compromise" bills, and a new program that would force asylum seekers to adjudicate their cases from Mexico. It's confusing, and also terrible. If you like the show please become at patron over at www.patreon.com/redirect. We're working on upgrading some equipment so we can deliver new types of content, including live shows and more. Thanks for all your support!
Jan 18, 2019
This week we're joined by former immigration judge Eliza Klein, and fellow immigration attorney Alicia Perez to discuss: Crappy lawyers. Why are there so many, and how do they manage to stay in business? The government shutdown. How is it affecting the immigration courts? Expensive immigrants. We talk about how right wing talking heads would like to discuss the cost of illegal immigration. Their numbers are inherently flawed, but more importantly, they don't actually care about the numbers. Racists were never won over by math. Check out FAIR's study here: https://fairus.org/issue/publications-resources/fiscal-burden-illegal-immigration-united-states-taxpayers If you like the show, check out our patreon at www.patreon.com/redirect.
Jan 11, 2019
REDIRECT: Types of Tape
This week we're joined by Matt Cameron and Amy Maldonado to talk about employment visas, the democrat's complete lack of immigration messaging, and the type of tape used by human traffickers. For more immigration law hot takes, check out our patreon page over at patreon.com/redirect.
Jan 4, 2019
REDIRECT: Tijuana Chaos
This week we're joined by Andrew Free to discuss his recent experience volunteering in Tijuana, Mexico. What exactly is happening down there with CBP and the so-called "caravan"? Please support the show by becoming a patron at www.patreon.com/redirect.
Dec 28, 2018
Matthew and I say goodbye to 2018 by trying really super hard (seriously) to stay positive.
Dec 21, 2018
REDIRECT: Festivus, 2018
This week we're joined by Matthew Hoppock, Katie Sheppard, and Davorin Odrcic for the annual airing of grievances.
Dec 14, 2018
This week I talk with film maker Peter Carrs about his documentary on farm workers. You can check it out here: https://vimeo.com/299093446 A 7-year-old child died in CBP custody. We must do better.
Dec 8, 2018
REDIRECT: Particular Social Group
Matthew and I discuss the passing of George HW Bush. We also discuss the administration's ongoing effort to narrow the definition of a "particular social group," making it harder especially for Mexicans and Central Americans to win asylum in this country. Check out www.patreon.com/redirect to support the show, or www.redirect.threadless.com
Nov 24, 2018
REDIRECT: Centrist Super Friends
This week I'm joined by Michael Brooks to discuss Hillary Clinton and her centrist super friends. Should we take a stand against refugees so that . . . right wing populists will like us more? Find more of Michael's work at www.patreon.com/tmbs.
Nov 22, 2018
This week we're joined by Nora Phillips, Alicia Perez, Andrew Free and Luis Cortes to talk about what we're grateful for. Check out our patreon at www.patreon.com/redirect Buy yourself a t-shirt at redirect.threadless.com
Nov 16, 2018
REDIRECT: Ron Abramson
This week Matthew and I are joined by Immigration Attorney Ron Abramson to talk about his experienced being doxed as an "anti-white" advocate, and civility in the age of Trump. We also discuss the caravan, troops in the desert, and the administration's war on legal immigration. Checkout our store at https://redirect.threadless.com and become a patron at www.patreon.com/redirect !
1 hr 1 min
Nov 9, 2018
REDIRECT: DACA Lives
This week we talk to Luis Cortes about the ongoing legislation that has kept DACA (mostly) alive. Be sure to check out more REDIRECT Immigration Law & Perspectives at www.patreon.com/redirect. Do it.
Nov 2, 2018
This week Matthew and I discuss Caravan Hysteria, Trump's racist ad, and how everything seems terrible. Another uplifting show! Check out our patreon at www.patreon.com/redirect, like us on Facebook, and leave a review on iTunes!
Oct 21, 2018
REDIRECT: Natalia Sylvester
This week I interview Natalia Sylvester about her new book, Everyone Knows You Go Home. She's an incredible writer and I recommend that everyone check it out. You can follow Natalia on Twitter (@NataliaSylv), and find out more about her at https://www.nataliasylvester.com. If you like the show, be sure to become a patron over at www.patreon.com/redirect.
Oct 12, 2018
REDIRECT: Half Shirt, Bro.
This week, Matthew and I discuss what Brent Kavanaugh's robe modifications should be, and whether the democrats have an immigration problem (spoiler alert, they do).
Oct 4, 2018
REDIRECT: Alyssa Milano
This week Matthew and I are joined by actress and activist Alyssa Milano to discuss the Kavanaugh confirmation hearings, and her immigration activism (Also, is there a Charmed reunion in the mix?) She is incredibly engaged in the fight for immigrant rights, and it was an honor to talk to her. Alyssa talks about the Vera Institute of Justice (www.vera.org), which is raising money to provide quality legal representation to immigrants in removal proceedings. Be sure to check them out. If you're not already, follow Alyssa on Twitter @Alyssa_Milano
Sep 28, 2018
REDIRECT: I Feel Like Ralphing
Matthew and I break down yesterday's Dr. Ford/Kavanaugh hearing. Spoiler alert: we're nauseated. Be sure to check out our patreon page at www.patreon.com/redirect and our new Youtube channel!
Sep 21, 2018
REDIRECT: Hearing Dates and Kids in Cages
This week we're joined by Matthew Hoppock to discuss the failure of ICE in complying with the law and the Supreme Court. Shrug. You can check out Matthew's work over at www.hoppocklawfirm.com Matthew and I also discuss how we're locking more and more kids up in cages, and where that money is coming from. The answer . . . depressingly might not surprise you. Check out our Patreon page over at www.patreon.com/redirect
Sep 7, 2018
REDIRECT: Passport Denied
This week we're joined by Jodi Goodwin to talk about passport denials along the border. What's going on, and is it really something new? Jodi has been practicing immigration law along the border since 1996. Now she can say she's been on REDIRECT, a huge honor for her. Don't forget to subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher, Facebook, and to become a patron over at www.patreon.com/redirect!
Aug 31, 2018
REDIRECT: Temporary Agricultural Visas
This week we're joined by journalist Mike Faulk (twitter, @mike_faulk) to discuss the increased number of temporary agricultural visa applications. Matthew and I also discuss the Trump administration's revocation of US Citizen passports.
Aug 24, 2018
REDIRECT: Public Charge
This week we're joined by fellow immigration attorney Greg McLawsen to discuss proposed regulation changes that would make it much harder for new immigrants to get papers. Another depressing show!
Aug 17, 2018
REDIRECT: AILA and Avenatti
This week Matthew and I are joined by Ben Johnson, the Executive Director of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). We ask Ben all the tough questions, but he makes a great case for AILA, and he also happens to have a tremendous podcast voice. Matthew and I also discuss Jeff Sessions' latest attack on the immigration courts, and Michael Avenatti, hero of the resistance. You can like us over on Facebook, subscribe on iTunes or Stitcher. Our Patreon page is www.patreon/com/redirect Check out the bond fundraiser over here: www.gofundme.com/bond-out-humberto
1 hr 12 min
Aug 17, 2018
REDIRECT: AILA and Avenatti
This week Matthew and I are joined by Ben Johnson, the Executive Director of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). We ask Ben all the tough questions, but he makes a great case for AILA, and he also happens to have a tremendous podcast voice. Matthew and I also discuss Jeff Sessions' latest attack on the immigration courts, and Michael Avenatti, hero of the resistance.
1 hr 12 min
Aug 10, 2018
This week on REDIRECT: Immigration Law & Perspectives we are joined by Judge Dana Leigh Marks, president emeritus of the National Association of Immigration Judges, to discuss a recent grievance filed against the Executive Office of Immigration Reform (EOIR). You can read more about that case here: https://news.vice.com/en_us/article/qvmeyd/jeff-sessions-wants-to-remove-immigration-judges-who-arent-deporting-people-fast-enough Also, Donald Trump wants to end "CHAIN MIGRATION" for everyone but himself, and the administration takes aim at legal immigration. Be sure to check out our Patreon page at www.patreon.com/redirect. Give us money if you can. You can like us on Facebook, subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher, and share with yoru friends.
1 hr 5 min
Aug 2, 2018
REDIRECT: Due Process
This week Matthew and I are joined by former Immigration Judge Paul Schmidt to discuss the dwindling due process in our Immigration Courts. Matthew discusses his experience with Castro Tum, a case hand picked by the Attorney General to make life worse for literally everyone. Is the AG intentionally trying to overwhelm the Immigration Courts in order to justify extreme actions and the destruction of due process. Spoiler alert: yes. Paul Schmidt's blog is www.immigrationcourtside.com, it's a great source for immigration hot takes. You can find us at www.redirectpodcast.com, and check out our patreon page at www.patreon.com/redirect. Leave a review on iTunes, Stitcher, and like us on Facebook. Do it.
1 hr 12 min
Jul 27, 2018
REDIRECT: Still Separated
This week on REDIRECT: Immigration Law and Perspectives, Matthew and I discuss protests outside the immigration courts. I got some push back online when I suggested that maybe there are more effective places to protest. What do you think? We discuss the ongoing problems with the children we kidnapped from their parents. It turns out sometimes the government forces people to sign things they don't understand, and that can be a big deal.
1 hr 3 min
Jul 20, 2018
REDIRECT: The War on Legal Immigration
This week we're joined by Charles Kuck, former president of AILA and the host of some other immigration podcast (....The Immigration Hour) to discuss the important issues of today, including the Pee Tape (PT), whether Charles is still a republican, and the ongoing assault on legal immigration. Yes, that's right: LEGAL immigration. There is an all out war on legal immigration. Day by day, the Trump administration implements policies and practices that make it harder to immigrate to the United States. From big changes, like ending TPS, to small things, like making the forms more complicated, all done with a single goal in mind: eliminate legal immigration. Check us out on Facebook, give us money at www.patreon.com/redirect, subscribe on Stitcher and iTunes, and leave us a review! Do it!
1 hr 10 min
Jul 13, 2018
REDIRECT: Open Borders
This week we're joined by David Bennion, an immigration attorney in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to talk open borders. He recounts his harrowing encounter with border patrol as he crossed from Idaho into Utah. You can find David's information here: http://davidbennion.com Our Patreon page is www.patreon.com/redirect. Leave a tip. Like us on The Facebook, subscribe on iTunes or Stitcher, and leave a review.
Jul 6, 2018
This week I'm joined by Matthew Hoppock (fake Matthew), an incredible immigration attorney out of Kansas City, to discuss Trump's new denaturalization task force. Are people really being stripped of their citizenship? Who are they going after, and why? Also, the Army is quietly discharging immigrant recruits who have been promised citizenship. We discuss what's going on in the military.
Jun 29, 2018
REDIRECT: All Fixed
This week on REDIRECT Immigration Law & Perspectives Matthew and I are joined by Cesar Garcia Hernandez to discuss how the President wants credit for fixing something he started. Oh, and also it's definitely not fixed. We also discuss OPEN BORDERS.
Jun 22, 2018
REDIRECT: What can I do?
This week we're joined by fellow immigration lawyer Alicia Perez (San Antonio, TX) to discuss how people can get involved and help out when it comes to children detained at the border. Bigots compete in the First Annual Cruelty Olympics, and a major Supreme Court decision that could help thousands.
Jun 18, 2018
REDIRECT: What's Happening at the Border?
On today's "minisode," Stephen talks about what's going on at the border, why children are being separated from their parents, and why no one really wants to take the blame. Except Jeff Sessions. He'll take the blame.
Jun 8, 2018
REDIRECT: Detention Kills
This week we're joined by Andrew Free who talks about his law suits against immigration detention facilities, and the increasing number of detainees dying in custody. These are sad and desperate times, so what can people do to get involved? REDIRECT: immigration Law & Perspectives
1 hr 2 min
Jun 1, 2018
Things were bad. Now they're worse. This week on REDIRECT: Immigration Law & Perspectives we dive into the devolution of our discourse and policy. Matthew discusses his recent advocacy on Castro-Tum.
1 hr 11 min