#1189 Our dehumanizing, traumatizing, child-abusing immigration system ​

Air Date: 6–12-2018
Today we take a look at the absolute horror show that is the US immigration system. Understanding that it was bad before but has been revved up to literally inhumane as our government makes a concerted effort to dehumanize asylum seekers on the run for their lives.

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Ch. 1: To Trump, Americans "Have Kids," But Immigrants "Breed" - @DavidPakmanShow - Air Date 04-24-18


Ch. 2: Stories of our abusive treatment of immigrants - Off Kilter - Air Date 6-1-18


Ch. 3: Separating families is just a draconian form of punishment that doesn't work - Ring of Fire - Air Date 6-2-18


Ch. 4: How I.C.E. Propaganda Makes Its Way Into the News - On The Media - 2-16-18


Ch. 5: The Obama administration laid the groundwork for immigrant abuses - Intercepted - Air Date 5-30-18


Ch. 6: Kade Crockforde on how real sanctuary means ending mass policing - The Dig - Air Date 3-26-18


Ch. 7: Tell Congress to END Family Separation #FamiliesBelongTogether via @womenbelong - Best of the Left Activism


Ch. 8: The immigration detention machine - In the Thick - Air Date 6-6-18



Ch. 9: How the invention of the white race could explain white supremacy to Confederacy defenders - Colin from Cleveland, OH

Ch. 10: The unsurprisingly badly constructed argument of Confederacy defenders - Dave from Olympia, WA


Ch. 11: Final comments on the need to deal with cognitive dissonance in order to support conservative ideas while not feeling like the bad guy



Get involved with familiesbelongtogether.org & follow @womenbelong

Tell Congress to #AbolishICE & pass:

Keep Families Together Act

Help Separated Families Act of 2018

HELP Separated Children Act

Give to organizations like: 

Children's Law Center 

The Young Center for Immigrant Rights 

Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) 


Democrats are trying to stop Trump from separating families at the border (Vox)

Rep. Pramila Jayapal—‘They Could Hear Their Children Screaming for Them in the Next Room’ (The Nation)

Keep Families Together Act (Feinstein.senate.gov)

Feinstein bill would prohibit family separations at US-Mexico border (ThinkProgress)

Sessions Says Domestic and Gang Violence Are Not Grounds for Asylum (NY Times)

Written by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman 


MUSIC (Blue Dot Sessions):

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • Haena - Cloud Harbor
  • On Early Light - Cholate
  • Moon Bicycle Theme - American Moon Bicycle
  • The Cast and Favor - Bayou Birds
  • These Times - The Pine Barrens
  • Feathersoft - Barstool
  • Voicemail Music: Low Key Lost Feeling Electro by Alex Stinnent
  • Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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Showing 2 reactions

  • Pat Connor
    commented 2019-02-02 18:36:33 -0500
    I love Bob Johnson’s comment.
  • Bob Johnson
    commented 2018-06-16 13:09:22 -0400
    Jay, thanks again! Here’s me listening to your horrible/wonderful podcast: Discouraged, hopeful, encouraged, hopeless, giddy, deflated, depressed, invigorated, satiated and starving.

    As I write this quick appreciation from Gilbert, AZ suffering a 25 year drought, my door is open to a quenching light rain after several months of no precip at all. For a few minutes at least, I’ve chosen to deny climate and embrace weather!

    I’ll be spreading links to your show and this episode in particular. Your work does not go unnoticed. Thank you for the rain- if only to rinse the salty tear streaks from my face after gorging on the smorgasbord of clips relating to our treatment of the most vulnerable huddled masses of humanity that present at our shores.

    Special note to the very fine N-word president haters who’ve stumbled here: There is much joy for you also to foam over within this episode because truth is often ugly and shameful.

    Please leave an iTunes review and a 5 star rating. Every little bit helps.
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