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Safe for Whom?: NoMuslimBanEver Series - Nisrin
Nisrin Elamin was one of the first people detained at JFK airport on Jan. 27, 2017, after President Trump signed an executive order banning citizens of seven countries from entering the United States. Now a naturalized US citizen, educator and PhD student Nisrin shares her story, including her experience from that night of interrogations, body searches, confused immigration agents, and utter uncertainty as to what was going to happen to her.
Standing with Bamba...in Love, Hope and Faith
Actor Bambadjan Bamba, from the upcoming Marvel film Black Panther and NBC's The Good Place, shares his story of arriving from the Ivory Coast as a child, learning to "be American" by watching television, discovering that he was an undocumented immigrant, the positive impact on his life of having DACA, his love of hip hop, how becoming a father taught him to be selfless, what Hollywood can do to stand with immigrants, and the need for a real and permanent solution for Dreamers.
Where My Life is at Right Now
DACA recipients and UC Davis students Deniss, Divine, Roy and Oswaldo chat with Andrea Gaytan, director of the AB540 and Undocumented Student Center about the complexity of the immigration system, the problematics of the term "Dreamer," what having DACA and what the end of DACA means for each of them, and what they hope for in a solution for hundreds of thousands of people like them and for families like theirs.
My Voice Will Not Be Silenced
Oswaldo is a poet, a student and a DACA recipient who worked in the corn fields to pay his way through community college, and who found his voice as as a scholar and as an activist through his art and through reflection on his own experience as a queer and undocumented young man in the United States.
Divine shares her journey of arriving from the Philippines at 11 years old, her struggles to further her studies, being the only undocumented person in her family, having a brother who voted for Trump, and the potential of sharing stories to change people’s minds.
My Family Made it Possible
Roy, a DACA recipient and UC Davis graduate student, talks about the silence in his family surrounding their migratory status, overcoming the challenges of being undocumented in his pursuit of higher education, and the importance of good mentors.
Undocumented People are Strong
Deniss, a graduate student at University of California at Davis joins Andrea Gaytan of the AB540 & Undocumented Student Center to share her experience of growing up in a conservative part of California as undocumented, of reconnecting to her indigenous identity in college, and of finding strength in the joy and laughter of her community.
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This podcast is a production of the Butterfly Story Collective, a network of local storytelling projects and events produced by immigrants and about the immigrant experience in the United States. Each week we will share new stories from storytellers across the country.