#1560 Immigration Crisis: Biden vs. Trump, Undocumented Workers, Anti-Immigrant Hate, Migrant Abuse, and the Economic Fallout of Florida's New Law

Air Date: 5–16-2023

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Today, we take a look at the current state and deep context for why our immigration and asylum system is broken, and why our policies have made it worse rather than better, all while stoking anti-immigrant hatred.

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Ch. 1: The law that broke US immigration - Vox - Air Date 8-9-21

Why the US has so many undocumented immigrants.

Ch. 2: Biden & The Border - Last Week Tonight with John Oliver - Air Date 5-1-23

Explaining the lackluster immigration policy of the Biden administration in contrast to the disaster of the Trump administration

Ch. 3: The US has a 'thirst' for immigrant workers. Why do so many struggle to get legal status? - PBS NewsHour - Air Date 5-20-21

President Joe Biden has said that changing immigration law remains an important piece of his agenda. But the path to new legislation is complex and hardly clear. One of the biggest flashpoints in this debate is questions about undocumented workers

Ch. 4: Amid Growing Anti-Immigrant Hate, 8 Killed as Driver Plows Into Group Near Migrant Shelter in Texas - Democracy Now! - Air Date 5-8-23

We get an update from South Texas, where eight people were killed and at least 10 more injured Sunday in Brownsville after a driver rammed his SUV into a group of people near a shelter for migrants.

Ch. 5: Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist on the Expiration of Title 42 - Amanpour and Company - Air Date 5-12-23

We continue to unpack the expiration of Title 42 and the impact on those entering the U.S. illegally. Bianna speaks to journalist Caitlin Dickerson, who recently won a Pulitzer Prize for her extensive reporting on immigration.

Ch. 6: A Nation of Hating Immigrants - Latino Rebels Radio - Air Date 5-11-23

Amid a wave of anti-immigrant rhetoric and violence, Julio Ricardo Varela welcomes Roberto Lopez to discuss the circumstances around the tragedy in Brownsville, Texas, and how the country has become a nation of hating immigrants.

Ch. 7: The Abuse of Migrant Workers - In The Thick - Air Date 4-26-23

Fernanda Santos leads a discussion with Fernanda Echavarri and Tina Vasquez about their explosive two-part investigation, “Head Down,” which examines the abuse of migrant workers under the H-2A visa program.

Ch. 8: The case for immigration - The David McWilliams Podcast - Air Date 2-6-23

Immigrants are used to having it hard, both in life and in the public eye where they are often vilified. This lambasting though is based on nothing more than lies - the truth is that immigrants help society grow and prosper.


Ch. 9: The law that could bring Florida's economy to a halt - Make Me Smart - Air Date 5-12-23

As the Title 42 immigration policy ends at the border, a new immigration law that aims to crack down on employers who hire undocumented workers has been signed in Florida. We get into the economic implications of Gov. Ron DeSantis’ new immigration policy.

Ch. 10: Florida's New Immigration Bill Is A DISASTER! - Law Firm of Moumita Rahman - Air Date 5-12-23

I share insights into the new anti-immigration bill signed by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. The recently signed Florida immigration law has raised serious concerns, primarily due to its potential implications for undocumented immigrants.


Ch. 11: Final comments on Republicans cynically supporting and abhorring child labor exploitation

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Description: Photo of a section of the U.S. border fence in Tijuana, Mexico with people visible on the opposite side. A concrete building stands on a hill in the near distance.

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