On this week’s episode of “A is for America”, we spoke with Hassan Ahmad, Esq., a Virginia lawyer who sued the University of Michigan for the release of white supremacist John Tanton’s papers. John Tanton is the founder of anti-immigrant hate groups like the Center for Immigration Studies and Federation for American Immigration Reform, which have influence in Donald Trump’s White House and play a role in determining American immigration policy. That means Tanton’s papers are important — but they are sealed until 2035, a fact which Hassan hopes to change. (Interview begins at 13:30.)
This week, more than five hundred immigrant children remained separated from their families even as Trump Administration officials responsible for separating them were promoted. Jonathan Blitzer at the New Yorker and Francis Wilkinson at Bloomberg wondered if anyone will ever be held responsible. The caravan highlighting stories of immigrants with temporary protected status kicked off in Los Angeles, while a sick man with kidney cancer was likely deported back to Mauritania. Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO) was caught on audio supporting Trump’s zero-tolerance policy, and a White House speechwriter was fired after being too friendly with white nationalists. Which makes us ask: why are Larry Kudlow, Stephen Miller, and Donald Trump still around?
“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 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.