2019

Reporting Immigration in the Era of Trump: A Conversation with Jonathan Blitzer, Staff Writer for The New Yorker

Tune in for the latest episode of Tempest Tossed! The New Yorker’s immigration reporter Jonathan Blitzer joins host Alex Aleinikoff and journalist Ladane Nasseri to discuss U.S. border policy, the resignation of Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan and the Democrats’ difficult balancing act on immigration. Listen on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or any other of your favorite platforms. …

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Dreaming and legislating: A conversation with New York State Assemblywoman Catalina Cruz

Tempest Tossed returns! Catalina Cruz, the first DREAMER in the New York State Assembly, joins Alex Aleinikoff to talk about immigration policy, differences between campaigning and governing, and how she advocates for her Queens, NY district and community. “There is a lot of trauma that goes unspoken with having had to live as an undocumented …

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Tempest Tossed Episode 18 is Live! Lady Liberty: Her History and Her Climber

How did the Statue of Liberty become a symbol for immigration in the United States? What does it stand for today? In this episode we talk with Professor Mae Ngai about the Statue’s history, and how its meaning in the American public mind has changed over time. We also speak with activist Patricia Okoumou, who …

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Immigration Politics and the 2020 election: A Conversation with Muzaffar Chishti

The Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility is pleased to announce its most recent episode of Tempest Tossed, a podcast on immigration and refugees that goes beyond the predictable soundbites. Episode 17 is now live – listen today! The Democratic and Republican parties used to work together on passing immigration legislation. No more. While a significant majority of Americans believe that immigration …

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The Mexican President and the American President: Accommodation at the Border

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador Manuel (known by his initials AMLO) took office in January of this year. A self-described “man of the left,” López Obrador has chosen not to confront Donald Trump on US immigration policy. Who is AMLO, and what accounts for his–perhaps surprising–stance toward Trump Administration actions at the border? Carlos …

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Dismantle a Wall with Words”: A conversation between Maya Wiley and Alex Aleinikoff

Walls–real and virtual–divide us by nation, by race, by religion, by the kind of information we seek and receive. Alex and Maya Wiley discuss the many walls of America–as well as the “non-walls” that permit freedom of movement and information for all throughout the nation. How do walls mark out who belongs, whose views count, …

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(Mis)State(ment) of the Union

Trump’s State of the Union address repeated his false claims that link crime with immigration. Tanvi Misra helps set the record straight, and Alex Aleinikoff discusses Trump’s nativist assault on the moral fabric of the US.

“First thing we do, we kill all the lawyers”: How Trump’s immigration policies have been (largely) stopped in the courts. A conversation with law professor Peter Margulies.

Lawyers–outraged by the Trump Administration’s harsh policies against immigrants–have brought scores of cases challenging the President’s actions.  They have been remarkably successful in persuading judges to invalidate or put on hold many of the Administration’s new policies. Law professor Peter Margulies tells us why the lawyers have been able to stop Trump in the courts …

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