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In these divided times, a number of important challenges are facing our nation. One of the largest is immigration reform. Histrionics have ruled the day and started a firestorm of debate on the issue. Rational Middle is working to change that by providing a holistic view through conversations with thought leaders, legislators, business owners, and citizens which can help us find common ground in the larger debate surrounding comprehensive reform.

In these divided times, a number of important challenges are facing our nation. One of the largest is immigration reform. Histrionics have ruled the day and started a firestorm of debate on the issue. Rational Middle is working to change that by providing a holistic view through conversations with thought leaders, legislators, business owners, and citizens which can help us find common ground in the larger debate surrounding comprehensive reform.

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In these divided times, a number of important challenges are facing our nation. One of the largest is immigration reform. Histrionics have ruled the day and started a firestorm of debate on the issue. Rational Middle is working to change that by providing a holistic view through conversations with thought leaders, legislators, business owners, and citizens which can help us find common ground in the larger debate surrounding comprehensive reform.

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Episodes

Doing the Numbers on the Texas Border with Perla Trevizo

5/18/2022
Perla Trevizo, an award-wining journalist with the ProPublica/Texas Tribune Investigative Unit, takes us inside her reporting on the long history of Texas's border spending; outputs vs. outcomes when it comes to judging efficacy; and the architecture of Texas's relation to its Southern border.

Duration:00:24:39

Reporting the Migrant Protection Protocols with Sandra Sanchez

5/11/2022
Sandra Sanchez, an award-winning journalist covering the Southern border at Border Report, speaks with Loren Steffy about her two-part deep dive into the ramifying effects of the Migrant Protection Protocols—also known as Remain in Mexico—on the lives of countless asylum-seekers.

Duration:00:27:41

Border Troubles with Chief Andy Harvey

5/4/2022
Chief Andy Harvey, Chief of Police in Pharr, Texas, as well as its newly-appointed City Manager, joins Melissa Brannan to discuss some of the components of life in a border town: the blockade at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge, Operation Lone Star, what it's like being on the Law Enforcement Immigration Task Force, and more.

Duration:00:22:01

Dreaming While Documented with Athulya Rajakumar

4/27/2022
Athulya Rajakumar, a Documented Dreamer who recently testified before the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship and Border Safety, takes us through the unique struggle of Documented Dreamers and the legislation that can make it better.

Duration:00:26:16

Watching the Watchers: The Surveillance of Immigrants with Asad L. Asad (Part Two)

4/20/2022
In Part Two of his exploration of immigration surveillance in the U.S., Asad L. Asad (Assistant Professor of Sociology at Stanford University), reflects on the unique effects of "everyday surveillance" on immigrants specifically, and how we might go about changing the system of immigrant detention.

Duration:00:19:34

Watching the Watchers: The Surveillance of Immigrants with Asad L. Asad (Part One)

4/13/2022
Asad L. Asad, Assistant Professor of Sociology at Stanford University, takes us on a two-part exploration of immigration surveillance in the U.S.

Duration:00:20:55

The Story Behind the Story: Covering the Haitian Odyssey with Elizabeth Trovall

4/6/2022
Elizabeth Trovall, immigration reporter at the Houston Chronicle, takes us behind the scenes of her story on the Haitian migrant camp at Del Rio, and all the other stories that lay just out of sight.

Duration:00:18:07

Building Bridges (using Bibles, and Badges, and Business) with Adam Estle

3/30/2022
Adam Estle, Vice President of Field & Constituencies at the National Immigration Forum, discusses his work with the Bibles, Badges and Business for Immigration Reform network, grasstops vs. grassroots advocacy, and the key to more robust conversations on immigration.

Duration:00:26:05

"We Are Where All of America Will Be": Inside the 40th Kinder Houston Area Survey with Stephen Klineberg

3/23/2022
Stephen Klineberg, Founding Director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research at Rice University, takes us inside the Houston Area Survey—now in it's 40th year—and Houstonians evolving attitudes towards immigration.

Duration:00:22:11

What's Age Got to Do With It: Immigration and an Aging America with Pamela Lizette Cruz

3/16/2022
Pamela Lizette Cruz, Research Analyst at the Baker Institute's Center for the United States and Mexico, gives us a deeper look into the Center's research on America's radical demographic shifts—and where immigration enters the picture.

Duration:00:20:23

The Glass is Half Full: Assessing Biden's First Year with Muzaffar Chishti

3/9/2022
Muzaffar Chishti, Senior Fellow at the Migration Policy Institute and Director of the MPI office at the NYU School of Law, looks back at Biden's first year in office and sees the glass half full—and unpacks why public perception of the administration's response on immigration says otherwise.

Duration:00:21:15

"Capital, labor, and skills:" America Competes with Douglas Holtz-Eakin

3/2/2022
Douglas Holtz-Eakin, President of the American Action Forum, takes us through the ambition of the America Competes Act, how it hopes to sharpen America's competitiveness, and its implications for immigration.

Duration:00:27:21

The Case for Undocumented Students in Higher Education with Miriam Feldblum

2/23/2022
Miriam Feldblum, Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration, joins host Loren Steffy to discuss the burden of a broken immigration system on our schools and colleges, why access to higher education is a must, and some possible state-level solutions in the face of a federal impasse.

Duration:00:21:36

Narrativizing the border with Adam Isacson

2/16/2022
Adam Isacson, Director for Defense Oversight at the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA), discusses the U.S's competing narratives of the Southern border, their real effects on how Americans perceive migrants, and how the ideal of asylum is atrophying in the process.

Duration:00:24:40

Health Care Beyond the Break/Fix with Elena Marks

2/9/2022
Elena Marks, President and CEO of the Episcopal Health Foundation, returns to the Rational Middle for a close look at America's public health care system, how it fails the undocumented, and why this hurts all of us—with an eye-opening example of "the story of dialysis" among the undocumented.

Duration:00:25:47

"Who are we? Why are we together?" Inside a Non-Profit Merger with Jeremy Robbins

2/2/2022
Jeremy Robbins, Executive Director of the American Immigration Council, joins host Gregory Kallenberg to discuss the organization's recent merger with the New American Economy—and how such synergies allow advocates to better pursue immigration's deepest questions: "Who are we? What are we doing together?"

Duration:00:26:44

Inside Operation Lone Star with Denise Gilman

1/26/2022
Denise Gilman, Director of the Immigration Clinic at UT Austin, discusses Texas's unique position in the immigration landscape and how persistent rhetorics of "immigrants as threat, fraud, danger" lead to policies such as Gov. Abbott's Operation Lone Star — a joint mission between the Texas Department of Public Safety and National Guard that arrests migrants on criminal trespassing charges.

Duration:00:27:41

What's an MLP? with Keegan Warren-Clem

1/19/2022
Keegan Warren-Clem, Director of Medical-Legal Partnerships at the People's Community Clinic in Austin TX, walks us through the human costs of America's denial of healthcare to the undocumented, what we can be doing better, and why it's a good idea to have lawyers in healthcare settings.

Duration:00:20:57

The Real Economics of Immigration with David Card

1/12/2022
Nobel prize-winning economist David Card joins host Melissa Brannan to talk labor, immigration, and how it is that outmoded economic ideas that have fallen out of favor in other areas of social life continue to find traction when it comes to immigration.

Duration:00:21:52

Looking Forward by Looking Back—Team Rational Middle Roundup

12/15/2021
Ring out the old! Ring in the new! In our last episode of 2021, Rational Middle Podcast hosts Gregory Kallenberg, Loren Steffy, Chris Lyon, and Melissa Brannan reflect on the year (almost) behind us, the year (nearly) upon us, and what it will take to remain optimistic about immigration reform.

Duration:00:26:34