Rank #1: Volunteering at the Border: Life and Stories of Unaccompanied Minors
Today we are joined by Taylor Gibson, Law Clerk for Erickson Immigration Group. We discuss her week as a volunteer working with unaccompanied minors at the border. Through her account, we enter the lives and stories of those separated from their families and explore fully the conditions they’re currently living in. Sometimes, to properly appreciate a circumstance, we need someone to take our hand and guide us through reality. Timely and proper insight.
Jul 26 2019
Rank #2: Ron Hira | Criticism of the H-1B Program: Debate Club
We have Ron Hira, Howard Professor and Co-author of his latest publication “Reforming US High Skilled Guestworker Program” which was published in the Atlantic Council. Along with Erickson Immigration Group Attorneys Justin Parsons and Hiba Anver the three debate his critics on the H-1b system over whether it inherently exploits Immigration workers for cheaper labor which invariably dispossess qualified US workers. Both parties agree there should be a system that finds the best and brightest while at the same time not overlooking American workers or under compensating immigrants. This conversation confronts the terms of where that line should lie.
Feb 22 2019
Rank #3: Dual Citizenship
Attorney John Sherry explains the process of receiving dual citizenship, he sheds light on this often overlooked possibility. The possibility to tie identity not only to one's blood but to the very land.
Nov 09 2018
Rank #4: Did Not Make H-1B CAP Lottery? Not a Problem, You Have Options
Krystal Kirst, Erickson Immigration Group Attorney, joins the podcast to share some alternative options for those who did not make this year's lottery. We also touch upon how the immigration industry is adapting to recent policy regulations.
Apr 26 2019
Rank #5: USCIS Notice to Appear Policy Changes
Lieselot Whitbeck and Hiba Anver join again to discuss the new USCIS Notice to Appear policy changes.
Jul 24 2018
Rank #6: DACA’s Supreme Court Hearing: A Line Between Legality and Agency Discretion
On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court held an oral argument to deliberate over the White House’s plan to roll back Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). The policy, first implemented by the Obama administration in August 2012, allows undocumented individuals who were brought to the country as children to live and work in the US safe from deportation. DACA, if canceled, would place over 600,000 ‘Dreamers’ in jeopardy.
Erickson Immigration Group’s Legal Writer Kahn Branch attended the court hearing and joins the podcast to highlight the core questions at the center of this case, and what we can expect in DACA’s future.
Nov 14 2019
Rank #7: White House New Immigration Policy Proposal: A Merit or Family Based System?
Will we have an immigration system based on the value of merit or one based on family. What direction will our country decide to head towards next?
EIG Attorney Ryan Knight joins the podcast
May 24 2019
Rank #8: Dany Bahar | The Economics of Immigration: Innovations Driven by the Immigrant Mind
David M. Rubenstein Fellow, Dany Bahar, from Brookings Institution, joins Immigration Nerds.
How do you quantify the economic value of cultural knowledge? The ability to share one's unique know-how within the marketplace which ultimately leads to new innovations. How would you collect this hand full of intangibles and somehow alchemize it into numbers, graphs, and powerpoints? Dany is tackling just that. Through his studies and research, we discuss the more implicit factors of how migrants contribute to economic growth in a nation.
Aug 23 2019
Rank #9: USCIS Full Discretion to Deny Visa Applications: USCIS Policy Change Part. 2
Immigration officers are now given the authority to completely deny a visa applicant due to a lack of satisfactory evidence determined in their application. Previously this infraction would be subject to a revision that would ultimately meet the officer’s needs, now any application that does not lead up to the standards of the officer may be subject to a complete denial. US Erickson Immigration Group Attorney's Emily Callan and Xavier Francis give best practices to navigate through this increasingly difficult climate.
Jul 31 2018
Rank #10: Claudia Cubas | A Voice for the Voiceless: Driving Asylum Law and Government Shutdown's Effect on Detention Centers
CAIR Coalition Litigation Director, Claudia Cubas joins. We discuss the latest court cases that are currently moving the needle in asylum law. In an age where the country is tightening the restrictions on the admittance of asylum seekers Claudia, and her team continue to bring a voice to the voiceless. We also touch upon how the government shutdown affects agencies operating detention centers, and what that means for occupants housed in centers currently unfunded.
Jan 18 2019
Rank #11: Makoto Takeda | An Economic Pipeline Between Germany and Japan
Co-Founder of Bistream Makoto Takeda joins the podcast. Bistream orchestrates business partnerships with companies, investors and universities based in Japan and Germany. He explains the mission behind his company and the mutual benefit created between these two global markets.
Oct 17 2019
Rank #12: The Gig Economy: Impact on Immigration
Today’s unprecedented access to a global workforce has increasingly led both companies and employees to opt for temporary projects, often located remotely. Employees enjoy the freedom of having autonomy over the direction of their careers, while employers can now find the exact puzzle piece to solve their company’s problem. In short, the "Gig Economy". Peter C. Evans, Managing Partner for Platform Strategies Institute joins the podcast to share the global trend he has witnessed and what that may mean for the immigrant workforce.
Dec 05 2019
Rank #13: Visa Overstays: A Crackdown or Posturing?
Erickson Immigration Group Attorney Krystal Kirst joins. She analyzes this administration's potential crackdown on visa overstays.
May 03 2019
Rank #14: Travel Ban 3.0 - Trump Vs. Hawaii
Erickson Immigration Attorney Scott A. Wilkinson and Draft Secretary Kahn Thomas Branch analyze the existing travel ban and provide reasoning for the Court's upholding of the President's proclamation as a neutral exercise of Executive authority.
Jul 03 2018
Rank #15: Liberia | A Direct Pathway to Citizenship for United States' Younger Brother
EIG’s Senior Attorney and Liberian Native Jowanda Jones joins the podcast to explain the latest in the Liberian Refugee Immigration Fairness Act. She shares how to qualify for the act that now allows a direct pathway to citizenship. In addition, we unravel Liberia's inseparable ties to the United States, revealing just how American Liberians truly are.
Jan 16 2020
Rank #16: A Week in Immigration: HR 1044, Trump's Asylum Plan and Congress Hearing on Processing Delays
Storm Estep, Senior Attorney for Erickson immigration group joins the podcast. Over the past several weeks we have been bombarded with Immigration updates and news, and rather than do a separate episode for each topic we decided to condense all into one. We cover HR 1044 and how it will affect application times. Trump’s asylum plan, the latest in the proposed Safe Third Country agreement with Guatemala and Lastly congress’s attempt to tackle processing delays.
Aug 02 2019
Rank #17: Tony Centeno: Grammy Nominated 21 Savage Deportation Breakdown - Staying or Leaving?
Grammy-nominated Rapper 21 Savage was apprehended by ICE earlier this month for overstaying his visa. Although he was released on bond this Wednesday, his permanent stay in America still lies in jeopardy potentially leaving behind his 3 American born children, millions of dollars of revenue and countless fans who support him in the US. Aside from a multimillion-dollar career, this is a story all too familiar for thousands of families separated under the same circumstance. Erickson Immigration Group Attorney's Justin Parsons and Hiba Anver join along with special guest XXL Magazine Journalist Tony Centeno to share 21’s story. Effectively putting a face and a name to what many families are currently going through today. This one we did for the culture.
Feb 15 2019
Rank #18: USCIS Changes to H-1B Cap: New Year, New Proposals Part 1
Erickson Immigration Group Attorneys' Justin Parsons, Jeff Quilhot and Hiba Anver hold a webinar on the latest proposal to H-1B Cap.
Namely 1, Requiring petitioners to register electronically. And 2, Reversing the order in which Lottery selections are made in order to increase the amount of master’s degree’s admitted into the country. USCIS argues this proposal will help save money for company’s and petitioners during the process as well as attract higher skilled workers into the U.S. EIG breaks down this proposal and analyzes it’s real-world implications if passed, and how would it affect company’s and applicants this coming lottery season.
Dec 13 2018
Rank #19: Sirine Shebaya | Muslim Ban, Family Separation and Detainee Rights
Civil rights attorney and interim legal director of Muslim Advocates, Sirine Shebaya joins. Sirine shares her work on Muslim ban litigation, family separation her experiences at the border, as well as the rights that immigration detainees hold. Recent data shows, that there has been an 84 percent decrease in permanent resident visas issued to Muslim immigrants over the last year, Sirine speaks to this matter and how her group is working to protect the religious rights of citizens in this country.
Mar 15 2019
Rank #20: Josh Doherty | Ayuda: Support for Immigrants in Need
Ayuda is a non-profit service provider that offers immigration and family law assistance, in addition to social and language access support for low-income immigrants in the US. They specialize in services for “Dreamers,” survivors of human trafficking, domestic violence, as well as LGBTQ immigrants. Josh shares more about their growing initiatives and the driving motivations behind their mission.
Nov 21 2019