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This Week in Immigration gives you a rundown in 30 minutes or less of key immigration issues. Experts from the Bipartisan Policy Center discuss and analyze all that is new and noteworthy on immigration policy.

This Week in Immigration gives you a rundown in 30 minutes or less of key immigration issues. Experts from the Bipartisan Policy Center discuss and analyze all that is new and noteworthy on immigration policy.


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This Week in Immigration gives you a rundown in 30 minutes or less of key immigration issues. Experts from the Bipartisan Policy Center discuss and analyze all that is new and noteworthy on immigration policy.






Episode 92: This Week in Immigration

On this week’s episode, a timely discussion of the large increase unaccompanied children arriving at the U.S.-Mexico Border. Then, we turn to pending legislation adjusting the status of the undocumented and have a conversation on recent DHS nominations. Finally, we’ll conclude with a Gavel segment to talk about the recent lawsuits the Biden administration is facing.


Episode 91: This Week in Immigration

On This Week’s episode, we start with an update on recent discussions between the White House and Mexico on the current situation at the southwest border. Then, we’ll introduce today’s special guest Aaron Reichlin-Melnick, Policy Counsel at the American Immigration Council, for a timely discussion of his research on asylum-seekers and how, despite common rhetoric, they do indeed appear for their immigration hearings.


Episode 90: This Week in Immigration

On this week's episode, BPC's Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, Michele Nellenbach, joins host Luci Manning to dive into President Biden's new infrastructure proposal. Two members of BPC’s health team, Marilyn Serafini, health project director, and Anita Burgos, senior policy analyst, also join to discuss the Behavioral Health Task Force’s new report on primary and mental health care integration.


Episode 89: This Week in Immigration

On this week’s episode, we present highlights from a March 1, 2021 Bipartisan Policy Center event, titled: “Go Big or Get Something Done: Bipartisan Wins for Immigration.” Led by BPC's Theresa Cardinal Brown, guests from the agriculture industry, tech and an immigration advocacy organization, as well as our own BPC Fellow, Casey Higgins, discussed the chances of immigration legislation moving this Congress, whether comprehensive legislation is the way to go, or whether smaller, targeted...


Episode 88: This Week in Immigration

In honor of Black History Month, today’s podcast will dive into racial equity in the immigration system and how the Biden administration may or may not be addressing specific issues for Black immigrants today. On this week’s episode, Theresa Cardinal Brown hosts special guest Allen Orr, President-Elect of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, for a timely discussion of Black immigrants and the immigration system.


Episode 87: This Week in Immigration

On this week's episode, the team tackles President Joe Biden’s immigration agenda: what he’s already done, and what he might yet do and whether Congress will go along with him. Host Rachel Iacono is joined by This Week regular Theresa Cardinal Brown, along with two special guests: Laura Hall, Managing Director of BPC Action, and Casey Higgins, a BPC fellow with the immigration project and former policy adviser to Speaker of the House Paul Ryan. The experts unpack the recent slew of...


Episode 86: This Week in Immigration

On this week's episode, Theresa Cardinal Brown hosted a deep-dive conversation to discuss the roundtables and respective report that looks into how local community leaders viewed the immigration issue being debated nationally. She's joined by Laura Goldberg, Vice President of Strategic Initiatives and Communications at the Center for Houston's Future, Julie Bunczak, Program Manager at the Wisconsin Institute for Public Policy and Service, and Mark Hugo Lopez, Director of Global Migration and...


Episode 85: This Week in Immigration

On this week’s program, we kick off 2021 with Theresa Cardinal Brown hosting a special conversation with BPC Fellow Ruth Wasem. The episode begins with a brief discussion of the violent efforts to disrupt the certification of the Electoral college vote last week. Later, the two immigration experts will provide a rundown of recent “midnight actions” that President Trump has taken in the final few weeks of his administration. They then turn to discussing administrative and legislative options...


Episode 84: This Week in Immigration

In light of the violent efforts to disrupt the certification of Electoral College vote last week, we have decided to delay the recording and release of our next podcast episode. We will be resuming our recording schedule this week, so please keep your eye out for our next episode in your podcast feed. You can find Jason Grumet’s full statement at


Episode 83: This Week in Immigration

On this week’s program, BPC regular Theresa Cardinal Brown sits down with special guest Charles Kamasaki, author of “Immigration Reform: The Corpse that Will Not Die,” to discuss the 2020 election results and its implications for comprehensive immigration reform. The team also has a super-sized edition of the Gavel where they cover recent rulings, rules and regulations on everything from DACA to the H-1B program to the public charge rule.


Episode 82: This Week in Immigration

On this Thanksgiving special, we welcome a new host, Rachel Iacono, to the show, and recap this week’s BPC Thanksgiving dinner. BPC regular Theresa Cardinal Brown also brings on Director of the Center for Inclusion and Belonging at the American Immigration Council Wendy Feliz to discuss ways to talk about divisive immigration issues around the dinner table, and BPC Immigration Fellow Sadikshya Nepal to hear an immigrant’s perspective on her first Thanksgiving in the United States.


Episode 81: This Week in Immigration

On this week’s episode, Theresa Cardinal Brown and Jordan LaPier welcome BPC Action Managing Director Laura Hall and BPC Immigration Fellow Casey Higgins to discuss what the election of Joe Biden means for immigration policy; the future of migration at the southern border; and what new immigration rules an outgoing Trump administration may still look to implement.


Episode 80: This Week in Immigration

On our final episode before Election Day, Host Jordan LaPier and BPC regulars Theresa Cardinal Brown and Cris Ramón discuss the legacy of family separations, immigration’s decreased role on the campaign trail, and the latest cases to be taken up by the Supreme Court , including the Trump administration’s Remain in Mexico policy.


Episode 79: This Week in Immigration

On this week’s program, Host Jordan LaPier and BPC regulars Theresa Cardinal Brown and Cris Ramón discuss the Trump Administration's stiff new rules for H1-B visas, ICE's recent campaign targeting sanctuary jurisdictions, and in this week's edition of the Gavel, the team also discusses the Trump administration's reimplementation of the public charge rule.


Episode 75: This Week in Immigration

On this week’s episode, Host Jordan LaPier, along with BPC regular Cris Ramón, discuss immigration in party platforms and changes to the administration’s limits on non-immigrant visas. BPC's Rachel Iacono and Sadikshya Nepal join us to break down each of these issues in detail, and BPC's David Lapan returns to discuss new questions on DHS leadership.


Episode 78: This Week in Immigration

On this week’s episode, BPC regulars Theresa Cardinal Brown and Cris Ramón bring on special guest Mack Eason of Cornell University as they discuss Mack's proposal for a new points-based immigration system, and BPC’s new report on how Canada and Australia transitioned to their points-based systems. The team also discusses how Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s passing could impact a number of pending immigration-related cases and future executive actions on immigration.


Episode 77: This Week in Immigration

On this week’s episode, we have a supersized edition of the Gavel with Host Jordan LaPier and BPC regulars Theresa Cardinal Brown and Cris Ramón. They discuss the latest legal happenings in the courts for immigration policy, including the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco’s ruling to end TPS for several countries; the New York Southern District Court’s blocking of the implementation of President Trump’s July 2020 memo that excludes unauthorized immigrants from the Census count;...


Episode 76: This Week in Immigration

On this week's episode, we take a look back from earlier this summer to our second panel event in partnership with the Heurich House Museum in Washington, DC. In our three part-panel series "Once Upon an American Dream," examining the immigrant experience, this discussion focused on the Black immigrant experience in America, with panelists Dr. Anthony Greene, Professor of African-American Studies at the University of Charleston, Mr. Manyang Kher, Founder of 734 Coffee,-The Face of Sudan, and...


Episode 74: This Week in Immigration

On this week’s episode, Host Jordan LaPier and BPC regulars Theresa Cardinal Brown and Cris Ramón take a look at the Trump administration’s latest DACA memo in response to the Supreme Court decision in June; responses to ICE holding unaccompanied children in hotels at the border before expelling them and the "binary choice" being placed upon families in ICE detention; and the immigration provisions in the latest proposed COVID-19 relief bills.


Episode 73: This Week in Immigration

On this week’s episode, Host Jordan LaPier and BPC regulars Theresa Cardinal Brown and Cris Ramón discuss the Trump administration’s new efforts to bar the Census Bureau from counting unauthorized immigrants for allotting Congressional seats among the states, and the Trump Administration rescinding its international student ban after significant backlash. And BPC's David Lapan joins us to discuss the DHS' presence in Portland, the authorities that allow them to be deployed and the concerns...