Rank #1: Hispanic Heritage Month: Voices of the Culture
In celebration of Hispanic Heritage month, we bring to you a special edition. In a discussion with Erickson Immigration's very own we chat about their personal experiences growing up in a Hispanic household, the values instilled, and the importance of preserving language and identity. And of course, the common misconceptions that Americans often get wrong about the culture, from those of the culture.
Executive Producer: Ian Gaines
Rank #2: 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
Rank #3: 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.
Rank #4: Visa Overstays: A Crackdown or Posturing?
Erickson Immigration Group Attorney Krystal Kirst joins. She analyzes this administration's potential crackdown on visa overstays.
Rank #5: 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.
Rank #6: 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.
Rank #7: 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.
Rank #8: 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.
Rank #9: Rachel Levitan | No Refugee Left Behind
Rachel Levitan, Vice President of International Programs for HIAS joins the podcast.
HIAS has over 130 years worth of experience in providing health and safety services for refugees. They help those who are displaced to live, develop and thrive in a safe environment.
Rank #10: 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.
Rank #11: 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.
Rank #12: Government Reopened: What's Up Next?
Erickson Immigration Attorney Lieselot Whitbeck sheds light on the specifics over the temporary removal of the government shutdown and what that will mean for immigration services moving forward. This is a short and sweet update for those tracking the ever-changing events happening in DC.
Rank #13: 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.
Rank #14: Megan Essaheb | How to Influence Immigration Legislation and Advocacy in Congress
Director of Immigration Advocacy at Asian Americans Advancing Justice, Megan Essaheb, joins the podcast.
We talk about how new immigration policies are introduced and advocated for in Congress. In addition, we touch upon the latest in humanitarian aid at the border and how her organization works to stay at the forefront of influencing immigration legislation.
From grassroots to the Hill AAJC covers the full spectrum.
Rank #15: Ian Kullgren | The Great Wall of Economics
Politico Journalist Ian Kullgren joins today. He specializes in both international and domestic labor. As the economy continues to grow domestically how are companies responding to instances of worker shortages? Where does the China Trade deal stand now? Which economy has leverage? This and more global economic questions are answered, today we talk business.
Follow him on Twitter: @IanKullgren
Rank #16: ICE Passes Agreement Allowing Local Law Enforcement to Detain Illegal Immigrants
Immigration Nerds Producer Ian Gaines speaks on ICE's Warrant Service Officer Agreement (WSO). Released Nationwide on Monday.
Rank #17: 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.
Rank #18: Betto Arcos | From Veracruz, Mexico to NPR's Airways: An Immigrant's Story part 1
From Veracruz Mexico to traveling the world reporting on music for NPR and BBC, Betto Arcos takes us through his personal journey from humble beginnings to broadcasting for some of the world’s top media publications. His work ethic, undying faith in himself and a little bit of luck helped him realize what we all aspire to strive for, the American dream. This is an immigrant’s story.
Rank #19: Tom Jawetz | Midterm Elections, Migration Caravan and Birthright Citizenship
Today's guest is Tom Jawetz, Vice President of Immigration Policy at the Center for American Progress. He is joined by Erickson Immigration group’s Managing Attorney Justin Parsons and Senior Attorney Meena Rafie. Together the group breaks down the Midterm elections and how it may shape a more sensible approach to immigration policy. Additionally, Tom gives us an in-depth look into the current situation with the Caravan migration and provides the underlining philosophy behind the actions of the White House. And lastly, Birthright citizenship…Prepare not to be surprised.
Follow Tom Jawetz on twitter: @TomJawetz
Executive Producer: Ian Gaines
Rank #20: Your Guide to International Travel: A Travelers Checklist
Today we have for you a travelers checklist. Immigration Nerds attorneys provide tips and tricks for visa stamping, the consular process, change of status as well as a few pointers for acing the interview at the consulate office. Here is your guide for international travel.