REDIRECT: Immigration Law and Perspectives

REDIRECT: Immigration Law and Perspectives

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Immigration Law and Perspectives


Self Sufficiency
Oct 10 • 42 min
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.
DACA and SCOTUS
Oct 4 • 51 min
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…
We’re Number 1!
Sep 27 • 48 min
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…
Operation: Phone Call
Sep 7 • 36 min
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…
We Want YOU
Aug 30 • 45 min
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…
Kid Jail
Aug 23 • 39 min
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…
Public Charge
Aug 16 • 42 min
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…
Rhetoric and Raids
Aug 10 • 58 min
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?
Debates
Aug 2 • 21 min
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?
KEEP OUT
Jul 26 • 71 min
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…
Al Otro Lado
Jul 19 • 59 min
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…
Raids
Jul 12 • 57 min
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…
Debates and Disaster
Jun 29 • 43 min
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…
Against the Deportation Terror
Jun 14 • 69 min
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…
You’re Doing it Wrong
Jun 8 • 28 min
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…
Tariffs
May 31 • 59 min
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…
Blueprint (Part 2)
May 24 • 45 min
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…
Blueprint (Part I)
May 18 • 53 min
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…
Myth Buster
May 11 • 54 min
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:…
Order in the Court
May 3 • 45 min
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…
Militia
Apr 26 • 55 min
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…
PSG
Apr 19 • 47 min
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…
Purge
Apr 12 • 44 min
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…
Perry Mason
Apr 5 • 52 min
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…
Secret Password
Mar 29 • 47 min
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…
Mandatory Detention
Mar 21 • 65 min
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.
Deportation
Mar 15 • 57 min
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…
Mexico
Mar 11 • 45 min
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,…
Stepping Down
Mar 1 • 68 min
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…
100
Feb 25 • 16 min
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
21Savage
Feb 14 • 55 min
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.
Tape II
Feb 1 • 54 min
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…
Remain
Jan 25 • 49 min
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…
Cost
Jan 18 • 55 min
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…
Types of Tape
Jan 11 • 58 min
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…
Tijuana Chaos
Jan 4 • 44 min
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.
2018
Dec 28, 2018 • 44 min
Matthew and I say goodbye to 2018 by trying really super hard (seriously) to stay positive.
Festivus, 2018
Dec 21, 2018 • 47 min
This week we’re joined by Matthew Hoppock, Katie Sheppard, and Davorin Odrcic for the annual airing of grievances.
Food
Dec 14, 2018 • 38 min
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.
Particular Social Group
Dec 8, 2018 • 47 min
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.…
Centrist Super Friends
Nov 24, 2018 • 47 min
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.
Gratitude
Nov 22, 2018 • 33 min
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
Ron Abramson
Nov 16, 2018 • 60 min
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…
DACA Lives
Nov 9, 2018 • 44 min
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.
Hysteria
Nov 2, 2018 • 43 min
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!
Natalia Sylvester
Oct 21, 2018 • 27 min
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…
Half Shirt, Bro.
Oct 12, 2018 • 43 min
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).
Alyssa Milano
Oct 4, 2018 • 42 min
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…
I Feel Like Ralphing
Sep 28, 2018 • 40 min
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!
Hearing Dates and Kids in Cages
Sep 21, 2018 • 44 min
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…
Passport Denied
Sep 7, 2018 • 41 min
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…
Temporary Agricultural Visas
Aug 31, 2018 • 46 min
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.
Public Charge
Aug 24, 2018 • 48 min
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!
AILA and Avenatti
Aug 17, 2018 • 72 min
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…
AILA and Avenatti
Aug 17, 2018 • 72 min
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…
Grievance
Aug 10, 2018 • 65 min
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…
Due Process
Aug 2, 2018 • 71 min
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…
Still Separated
Jul 27, 2018 • 62 min
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…
The War on Legal Immigration
Jul 20, 2018 • 69 min
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…
Open Borders
Jul 13, 2018 • 42 min
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:…
Denaturalized
Jul 6, 2018 • 46 min
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?…
All Fixed
Jun 29, 2018 • 56 min
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.
What can I do?
Jun 22, 2018 • 51 min
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…
What’s Happening at the Border?
Jun 18, 2018 • 21 min
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.
Detention Kills
Jun 8, 2018 • 61 min
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:…
Worser
Jun 1, 2018 • 71 min
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.
Things Seem Racist
May 11, 2018 • 70 min
President Trump’s Chief of Staff John Kelly says immigrants are good people! They just, you know … don’t belong here. Jeff Sessions takes aim at women fleeing domestic violence, and things in general seem … pretty racist right now. All that and more on…
Caravan
May 4, 2018 • 74 min
This week on REDIRECT:Immigration Law & Perspectives we discuss the asylum seekers at the southern border, Mike Pence praising a convicted felon, and we talk shop.
Oral Arguments
Apr 27, 2018 • 46 min
This week on REDIRECT: Immigration Law & Perspectives, we’re joined by fellow immigration attorney Hassan Ahmad to discuss Muslim Ban 3.0 Supreme Court oral arguments. We also discuss Matter of ARCG and domestic violence in the asylum context. Check us…
ICE Raids
Apr 13, 2018 • 71 min
This week we’re joined by Valeria Gomez to talk about a recent ICE raid in Tennessee that is having a dramatic effect on the community. We also discuss the termination of legal aid for detained immigrants, and the departure of our beloved Paul Ryan.
GRRR, PRESIDENT ANGRY!
Apr 6, 2018 • 70 min
This week on REDIRECT: Immigration Law & Perspectives, Matthew and I discuss our Frankenstein President, the Immigration Court squeeze, and why Central Americans aren’t coming here to apply for DACA.
RIP, Earth
Mar 23, 2018 • 44 min
This week on REDIRECT: Immigration Law and Perspectives, Matthew and I discuss the impending death of planet earth and mankind, and generally try to laugh through the tears. Jeff Sessions continues to reshape the immigration courts. We may be looking for…
Sessions Rewrites the Law
Mar 16, 2018 • 47 min
This week Matthew and I discuss how Jeff Sessions is rewriting the law. Literally. It’s terrifying. Thanks for listening to REDIRECT: Immigration Law and Perspectives. Like us on Facebook, or leave a tip in the tip jar over at patreon.com/redirect. Folks,…
Jennings
Mar 3, 2018 • 58 min
This week we’re joined by Andrea Saenz, immigration attorney in Brooklyn, New York, to talk about the Supreme Court’s decision in Jennings v. Rodriguez. We share some non-depressing stories, but then cap things off with more depressing stories. What a…
Nation of Immigrants
Feb 24, 2018 • 37 min
This week I’m joined by Andrew Free to discuss his ongoing litigation against GEO, how we’re no longer a nation of immigrants, and how to get engaged in your community.
I Quit
Feb 16, 2018 • 63 min
This week we’re joined by Jordon Dyrdahl-Roberts, a former Montana Department of Labor employee who quit his job rather than help with ICE subpoenas. You can read about him here:…
Loopholes
Feb 9, 2018 • 36 min
What is the administration lying about this week? Loopholes! Hassan Ahmad, immigration attorney extraordinaire, joins me to discuss why MS-13 doesn’t actually just parade through our “open borders” like the President says.
DACA Litigation
Feb 4, 2018 • 49 min
This week we’re joined by Luis Cortes, fellow immigration attorney and friend of the show, who tells us about the efforts to keep DACA alive, despite the legislative stalemate in congress.
That’s Wrong
Jan 26, 2018 • 59 min
This week on REDIRECT: Immigration Law and Perspectives we’re joined by Luis Cortes and Valeria Gomez, fellow immigration lawyers who help us tackle the day’s biggest immigration misconceptions. Why don’t people just “go to the back of the line”? What is…
Objection Overruled
Jan 19, 2018 • 63 min
This week on REDIRECT: Immigration Law & Perspectives, Matthew and I are joined by former Immigration Judge Eliza Klein. We talk about the current backlogs facing the Immigration Courts, shithole countries, and the looming government shutdown.
2017, Good Riddance
Dec 29, 2017 • 51 min
This week Ava Benach joins us to kick dirt on 2017. Good Riddance.
Festivus, 2017
Dec 22, 2017 • 60 min
This week on REDIRECT: Immigration Law & Perspectives, Matthew and I are joined by fellow immigration attorneys Valeria Gomez and Ron Abramson for our yearly Festivus festivities.
SAD
Dec 15, 2017 • 42 min
This week we talk about Donald Trump’s understanding of the diversity lottery, and why everything sucks (except Star Wars)
Politicized
Dec 1, 2017 • 37 min
This week Matthew and I discuss when it’s ok to politicize gun violence.
Beautiful Day
Nov 10, 2017 • 22 min
This week we’re joined by Keith Cooper of Beautiful Day Granola, a non-profit that helps provide job training to refugees. They happen to also sell a delicious product! Check it out at www.beautifuldayri.org
Week of Dumb
Nov 2, 2017 • 48 min
This week on REDIRECT: Immigration Law and Perspectives, Matthew and I dive head first into the topics of the day: IS slavery wrong? Why DID the civil war happen? Why ARE we arresting 10 year old girls at hospitals?
Twitter Wars
Oct 20, 2017 • 5 min
This week, Matthew and I are joined by Hassan Ahmad to discuss #twitter, the Muslim Ban 3.0, and why efforts to portray the immigrant community as “scary” and “criminal” fall short.