Inadmissible

by VECINA

Immigration. It’s in the news, it’s in the headlines, it’s a political flashpoint. It generates a lot of sound and fury, a lot of strong ideas and raised voices. And for most of us, it can be hard to sort through all that noise and understand – what is actually going on? What’s legal for people to do, and what’s not? How do U.S. immigration rules affect people’s lives? What is it like to deal with the barriers – both seen and u... Read more

Podcast episodes

  • Season 1

  • S01 E05 - Walk a Thousand Miles in My Nicest Shoes: Migration and the War in Ukraine

    S01 E05 - Walk a Thousand Miles in My Nicest Shoes: Migration and the War in Ukraine

    In the early spring of 2022, Russia invaded Ukraine and started a war. Thousands of Ukrainians fled their homes in search of safety. Most remain displaced, unsure of when they can go home, and if home will even be there when they ...

    39:57
  • S01 E04 - Left Behind: The Aftermath of the U.S. Withdrawal from Afghanistan

    S01 E04 - Left Behind: The Aftermath of the U.S. Withdrawal from Afghanistan

    Almost one year ago, the U.S. withdrew from Afghanistan and the country fell to Taliban rule. While some were able to evacuate in the chaos, tens of thousands of Afghans remain in hiding, many of whom are specifically targeted due...

    33:43
  • S01 E03 - Slamming the Door Shut: How the Government is Turning Away Asylum Seekers

    S01 E03 - Slamming the Door Shut: How the Government is Turning Away Asylum Seekers

    In 2020, the Center for Disease Control relied on an obscure law from 1944 to close our southern borders to asylum seekers, under the guise of protecting the public from COVID-19. Why do we use the term "under the guise"? Because ...

    41:47
  • S01 E02 - "Good Refugees" and "Bad Refugees" - What's Different?

    S01 E02 - "Good Refugees" and "Bad Refugees" - What's Different?

    Throughout history and into today, our country has treated various groups of people fleeing violence, persecution, and death quite differently. But why?In this episode, we travel back to the Vietnam War, in the wake of which the U...

    33:56
  • S01 E01 - Why We Have Asylum and Refugee Law and Policy

    S01 E01 - Why We Have Asylum and Refugee Law and Policy

    With all of the discussion today about what our asylum and refugee policies should be, it's important to remember: Why do we have asylum and refugee law and policy in our world?To get our answers, we travel back to 1939, to the MS...

    31:38