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Conversations on immigration and refugees that go beyond the predictable soundbites. Join Alex Aleinikoff and guests for in-depth discussions on what's happening on the ground and how to understand current policy debates.

Jun 4, 2019

The Democratic and Republican parties used to work together on passing immigration legislation. No more.  While a significant majority of Americans believes that immigration is a net plus for the nation, both parties are now playing to their base which pulls them away from the middle where immigration legislation can...


May 21, 2019

How can refugees be helped to enter the US job market? And what's food got to do with it? We talk with Kerry Brodie about Emma's Torch, a Brooklyn restaurant that offers culinary training to refugees, asylum-seekers and victims of trafficking. We then visit with Thu Pham, an Emma's Torch graduate, at her new place of...


May 7, 2019

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador Manuel (known by his initials AMLO) took office in January of this year. A self-described "man of the left," López Obrador has chosen not to confront Donald Trump on US immigration policy. Who is AMLO, and what accounts for his--perhaps surprising--stance toward...


Apr 10, 2019

Walls--real and virtual--divide us by nation, by race, by religion, by the kind of information we seek and receive. Alex and Maya Wiley discuss the many walls of America--as well as the "non-walls" that permit freedom of movement and information for all throughout the nation. How do walls mark out who belongs,...


Mar 4, 2019

Trump's State of the Union address repeated his false claims that link crime with immigration. Tanvi Misra helps set the record straight, and Alex Aleinikoff discusses Trump's nativist assault on the moral fabric of the US.