Episode Eight: Enforcement and Immigrant Communities

In this episode

Bitta Mostofi

Commissioner of Immigrant Affairs, New York City

Bitta is Commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs (MOIA) in New York City. Under her leadership, MOIA has created programs and policies to advance the integration of immigrant New Yorkers in to the city’s civic, economic and cultural life.

Julia Preston

The Marshall Project

Julia Preston covered immigration for The New York Times for 10 years, until December 2016. She has worked as an editor and foreign correspondent for The Times and, before that, The Washington Post.


Alex Aleinikoff


Deb Amos


Sahil Ansari

Producer and Engineer

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Trump immigration policies have spread fear through immigrant communities, threatening deportation of long-resident migrants and inflicting deep harms on family members who remain in the United States.  Journalist Julia Preston (The Marshall Project) and NYC Commissioner of Immigrant Affairs Bitta Mostofi assess the consequences.


Materials Of interest


Separated and Deported – In Defense Of

The True Costs of Deportation – The Marshall Project

Do Deportations Lower Crime? Not According to the Data – The Marshall Project

Oversight – ICE’s Escalated Attacks on NYC Policies Protecting Immigrants – Testimony of Commissioner Bitta Mostofi, NYC Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs – Before a hearing of the New York City Council Committees on Immigration and Hospitals

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