This week we’re publishing the fourth episode of our new podcast, “A is for America”, with special guests Kennedy, an immigrant-American from Liberia, and Kevin Brooks, the president of the New American Consortium for Wellness and Empowerment. Both live in Fargo, North Dakota. Listen below or tune in via iTunes, Google Play, or your favorite podcast app.
This week, the Trump Administration announced that it would be adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census, which is a terrible idea because 1) it will dissuade immigrants and undocumented Americans from participating, and 2) it’s a political maneuver designed to take power away from immigrant-populous states. Apparently the idea was suggested to Trump by Kris Kobach, and of course, Kobach has poisoned pretty much everything he’s ever touched.
In other major news, Donald Trump declined to extend deferred enforced departure (DED) for Liberians, which means that thousands of Liberians — some of whom have lived in the U.S. for decades — will become undocumented and face deportation next year. Political Director Matt Hildreth traveled to Fargo, North Dakota to speak with Kennedy, a Liberian immigrant who has lived in the area since 2014, and Kevin, an advocate who reflected on the recent history of immigration in the area and how new Americans have enriched Fargo.
“A is for America” is a podcast which tells stories from the front lines of a changing America. Each week, we’ll be talking to immigrants, advocates, and experts working in immigration reform, immigrants’ rights, immigration politics, and the forefront of what it means to be a new American. Tune in next week for more.