Homeland Insecurity


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Homeland Insecurity is a serialized documentary podcast from migrant justice defender RAICES that explores how immigrants and other marginalized groups have become a monolithic enemy in the United States. From the near-total ban on asylum-seekers to the culture of police violence against Black and Brown civilians and rise in mass shootings fueled by a new breed of white supremacy, we investigate why institutions of the State fail to protect humanity's most vulnerable populations and what that means for our future. We begin with the unwritten history of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)—a government agency that was created to guard against terrorism only to be weaponized against immigrants. To learn How Fear Changed America, subscribe to Homeland Insecurity now wherever you listen to podcasts.

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Episode 4: Si Se Puede

As power switches hands from Republican to Democratic leadership in 2009, the nation holds its breath, hoping President Barack Obama will fix an immigration system that has become both unfair and unwieldy. Instead, hope turns to dismay as the new administration champions the Secure Communities program, expanding the reach of ICE through local law enforcement and creating a chilling effect on immigrants’ abilities to report crimes. Hear about one such case involving a child predator working at an elementary school in Los Angeles –– and the undocumented families of the victims who were afraid to come forward. Host Erika Andiola also shares the deeply personal impact that these policies had on her family life. Discover how a program that promised “secure communities,” in fact accomplished the opposite, making everyone more unsafe in the process. 

May 27, 2020
Episode 3: Detention Expansion

In addition to staffing CBP, the federal government begins to expand immigration detention, with a mandate to add 34,000 beds in 4 years. Join us as we visit several of the Texas detention centers launched during this period. Learn how the Bush administration expanded the detention system, contracting with private companies and allowing profit motives to guide immigration policy. And hear from Cecyll Padilla, who turned himself in only to be detained.

May 27, 2020
Episode 2: Early Warning Signs

On the heels of 9/11, early warning signs indicate that the US is changing its approach to immigration. Congress approves a hiring spree at DHS’s newly-created Customs and Border Protection (CBP), doubling the size of Border Patrol forces by 2010. CBP quickly becomes the largest law enforcement agency in the country—and the most corrupt. The impact: dire consequences for immigrants. 

May 27, 2020
Episode 1: The Department

Nearly 20 years ago, Presidents George W. Bush and Vicente Fox stand side by side on the White House lawn, poised to broker a deal that would give undocumented Mexican immigrants in the US a path to becoming documented. That deal never came to pass. Days later, 9/11 forever changed the course of immigration in this country and the future for immigrants like our host Erika Andiola. Overtaken by a climate of fear, Congress and the White House created the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), a department with a vague mandate and almost unlimited resources. Join us as we trace the unwinding of US immigration policy and the dangerous consequences of increasingly unchecked powers of government.

May 27, 2020
Trailer: How did immigrants like me become the enemy?

I'm Erika Andiola: immigrant, activist, and host of the new podcast Homeland Insecurity, which asks, "How did immigrants like me become the enemy?" We answer that question by investigating the unwritten history of the Department of Homeland Security. The first 4 episodes are available beginning May 27th. 

May 13, 2020