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REDIRECT: Immigration Law and Perspectives

Summary: REDIRECT is a weekly dive into the world of immigration law and its human consequences. Refugees and border walls, rhetoric and politics. We break it down and get to the truth.

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  • Artist: Stephen Robbins
  • Copyright: Copyright 2013


 REDIRECT: Myth Buster | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:18:58

This week Matthew and I are joined by Austin Kocher, a researcher at the National Immigration Lawyer Survey (NILS). He's written some great stuff, including these: Austin helps us Myth Bust the Myth Busting put out earlier this week by the Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR), a.k.a. the Immigration Court. You can find that here: We talk about Glenn Beck stoking fear, and Donald Trump proposing a solution, except only kidding (but not really).

 REDIRECT: Order in the Court | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 59:41

This week Matthew and Stephen discuss the obstruction of justice charges faced by a district court judge who didn't want ICE to warrantlessly arrest people in her courtroom, the administration lying about their capacity to reunify children who'd been separated from their families, and more.

 REDIRECT: Militia | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:12:16

This week Stephen is joined by Andrew Free to discuss Jared Kusher's big, bold, bipartisan immigration reform, right wing militias, and charges against Judge Shelley Joseph who is accused of helping a defendant in her courtroom avoid waiting immigration authorities. Steve King understands what Jesus went through, and Glenn Beck wonders if the Notre Dame fire was started by something . . . foreign . . . ? Be sure to check out our Patreon over at, subscribe at all the places you can subscribe, and tell your friends about the show.

 REDIRECT: PSG | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:07:04

This week Stephen is joined by immigration attorneys Luis Cortez and Valeria Gomez to discuss the confusing challenges facing those trying to win asylum, including The Notorious PSG (Particular Social Group). PSG are semantic word games testing who gets asylum or not, forcing people to prove demonstrably true facts with an special sequence of words or they are told to try again, via appeal, in a few years, maybe. Or they just get sent back into the situation they are fleeing, because, yes, they are in danger, but is it the "right kind of danger"? Don't forget to check out the patreon at

 REDIRECT: Purge | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 59:49

This week Matthew and Stephen discuss the recent purge at DHS, which is happening in the middle of a super real and not-at-all-fake national emergency. William Barr wants to reshape the Immigration Courts so we can deport more people more quickly. Obama says we should stop calling people racist. Is immigration a loser issue for democrats, or do they just lack the courage to talk about it in a meaningful way? Let us know what you think. Don't forget to check out the patreon at

 REDIRECT: Perry Mason | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:13:44

Mathew and I break down recent news that Trump wants to end the entire asylum system and the lies he's basing this "logic" on. We talk about challenges facing the current system, sigh heavily into our hands, and listen to Lou Dobbs struggle to count to three.

 REDIRECT: Secret Password | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 41:51

This week I'm joined by fellow immigration attorney Matt Cameron to discuss the secret password that we give to asylum seekers so they can get into the country (according to Trump). We are told that immigrants should "do it the right way" at the same time the administration is making sure there are no more "right ways." We had a good discussion with our patrons last Friday. If you want in on the chats, or if you just want to support the show, become a patron at You can also subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher, and Spotify!

 REDIRECT: Mandatory Detention | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 53:13

This week on Redirect: Immigration Law & Perspectives, Matthew and I are joined by Dav Odrcic. We discuss "mandatory detention" and the recent Supreme Court case Nielsen v. Preap.

 REDIRECT: Deportation | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 47:11

This week Matthew and I are back together to discuss: The pro bono case we took thanks to our patrons; Bad lawyers who put their clients in removal proceedings; Representing immigrants with criminal history. I think this is a good conversation that will make you think about how the debate about immigration is framed. Remember, if you enjoy this discussion about immigration law, you can become a patron over at, subscribe on iTunes (and leave a review!), like us on Facebook, and be nice to us on Twitter!

 REDIRECT: Mexico | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 39:08

This week I talk with Jeremy Slack, a expert on Mexico and deportation. His next book, Deported to Death: How Drug Violence is reshaping migration in Mexico, won the International Competition for Public Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley and will be publish in the University of California Press.

 REDIRECT: Stepping Down | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 56:07

This week I'm joined by Luis Cortes and Rebecca Jamil, a former Immigration Judge who stepped down after Jeff Sessions announced a series of changes, including limitations on asylum protections for domestic violence victims. You can read more about her here: We talk about the life of an immigration judge, how to improve the immigration court, and our convoluted laws. Become a patron over at

 REDIRECT: 100 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 16:20

A brief update as we inch closer to our 100 patron goal. Stay tuned in the coming weeks for some great interviews and content. Thanks for listening and supporting the show, you can become a patron over at

 21Savage | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 59:19

21Savage is out on bond and Matthew and I are here with all the takes. We also talk about burned out immigration judges, caps on bed space, and my denied motion for telephonic. You know we're living in a society, people.

 REDIRECT: Tape II | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:03:13

This week we're joined once again by Matt Cameron (@matt_cam) to discuss Trump's ongoing obsession with tape. It turns out our entire immigration debate comes from a movie. Also, we talk to Matt about his recent trip to Tijuana, the new "Remain" program that would force asylum seekers to wait out their claims in Mexico.

 REDIRECT: Remain | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 49:14

This week I'm joined by Aaron Reichlin-Melnick (@ReichlinMelnick), policy advisor at the American Immigration Council. Check out there great work over at Aaron and I discuss the Trump administration's "compromise" bills, and a new program that would force asylum seekers to adjudicate their cases from Mexico. It's confusing, and also terrible. If you like the show please become at patron over at We're working on upgrading some equipment so we can deliver new types of content, including live shows and more. Thanks for all your support!


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