REDIRECT: Mind Your Ds and Rs

imrs.phpSo all Democrats are awesome on immigration and the Republicans are awful, right? I think that’s the feeling that most people on the left get when it comes to this particular issue. When you look at the lat 30 years, however, most of our clients have been blessed in some way by Reagan’s amnesty and cursed in other ways by Clinton’s 1996 immigration reform. Weird.

hillaryclinton21It turns out that on the Democratic side there’s some real distinctions between candidates Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton. Those differences were on display during yesterday’s debate. In this week’s episode Matthew and I break down the talking points.

REDIRECT: Festivus

ae590f9713fd57b91afa8c2c0e61b7beHappy Festivus everyone! We’ve got a lot of problems with you people, and now you’re going to hear about it. In this episode of REDIRECT, Matthew and I put it all out there. Donald Trump, USCIS, The Nebraska Service Center, and more.

Do you have any grievances to air? Who would you add to the list? Comment below, or follow the conversation on Facebook. Do it.

Syrian Refugees and Resettlement

19955This week immigration attorney extraordinaire Hassan Ahmad joins us to talk about the Syrian Refugee crisis and a growing sense of xenophobia in this country. We discuss congress’s recent efforts to “slow” the refugee resettlement process, proposals to screen Syrian refugees for Christian bona fides, and more.

Ted Cruz forgets he’s running for President and accidentally films a WWF promo video.

Dr. Ben Carson got his PhD despite failing his freshman undergrad class Analogies 101. I’d tell him to say it to my face, except there’s a chance he might actually try to stab me.

Texas Congressman Brian Babin points out that baby Jesus wasn’t wearing a suicide vest. Touche, Congressman, touche.

Walls v. Barriers

We’re back with another mediocre podcast (You’re welcome, world)! This week, Ben Carson swears he tried a kill a guy, and the “lame stream” media is out to smear him by saying he’s actually always been a pretty nice guy. Typical liberals!

IMG_4815Ben Carson also comes out strong against those “scientists” who suggest that aliens built the pyramids. Not so fast, science! Ben Carson has his own ideas.

Look, at the end of the day these kinds of “gotcha” questions should not get in the way of our decision making. We should take a long hard look at Dr. Carson’s actual policies and–oh my god his policies are just as bad.

The Republican candidates squared off earlier this week at the Fox Business News “Debate” (a.k.a. “Republican Talking Point Trade Show”). Donald Trump invoked “Operation Wetback,” a program that resulted in mass civil and human rights abuses and the deportation of hundreds of U.S. Citizens. So naturally he got a big applause.

But don’t worry folks! For all of you who are sick and tired of hearing about Trump’s beautiful border wall, Hillary Clinton is here with an alternative! Border barriers!

CantaloupeButtonThis week’s Golden Cantaloupe is a gaping you-know-what (keeping this PG). His name is Kevin Swanson and (spoiler alert) you do not want to invite him to your gay wedding.

It doesn’t take a brain surgeon

Renowned brain surgeon and presidential hopeful Ben Carson has recently seen a serious surge in his poll numbers, challenging the GOP front runner Donald Trump in key primary states. With the increase in popularity has come growing scrutiny over claims Carson has made about his past, and criticism of his interior decorating skills:


Carson has not taken the scrutiny well, claiming that questions about his past are a byproduct of the “liberal media,” and insisting that President Obama did not face such scrutiny when he was running for office (You know, except for this, this, that, this one, and this other time). But Carson isn’t trying to defend himself against claims that he wasn’t born in the United States, that he’s a secret muslim, or some kind of Al Qaeda Manchurian candidate, rather, the story he is desperate to defend goes something like this:

For Carson, this is a story of redemption and change. For others, it’s a story of attempted murder. Either way, it turns out journalists have had a hard time finding anyone from Carson’s past who ever witnessed this kind of rage. This would normally seem like the perfect out. After all, attempted murder is generally frowned upon in our society. But calling this narrative into question undermines Carson’s entire redemption story, and to a greater degree, his honesty. So, as a result, he’s doubled down. He absolutely was, without a doubt, one belt buckle away from murder (and don’t let the liberal media tell you otherwise).

But you hardly need to look into things Carson said 20 years ago, or his behavior as a youth to find perfectly good reasons why he should not be president. Here’s Carson in August, suggesting we should use militarized drones to blow up smugglers on the border:

Now, Carson does not have an official immigration platform on his website, so he apparently hasn’t had time to flesh out these ideas, but suffice to say this is probably one of the cruelest positions on immigration that has been articulated so far. So while it’s true that a little bit of digging will sometimes turn up lies, misrepresentations, and bad taste in art, with most of these candidates you don’t need to look any further than their actual policy ideas to realize just how unqualified they really are.

Redirect: What’s Your Story?

christianWhat is it actually like to be an immigrant? How does it feel to arrive in a new country with nothing in your pockets and a strange new language being spoken all around you? Christian Mendoza is an immigration attorney in Indianapolis, Indiana who lived this experience as a 15 year-old immigrant from Honduras. He’s an impressive person, a fact that is slightly undermined by the fact that he calls himself a “fan” of this show. Strange.

REDIRECT: GOP Debate Recap

When Matthew and I heard there was going to be another Republican debate we were all like:

So who is going to be the best at sealing the border? Because the border is just like a giant ziplock bag, you just need to seal it real good, and only then can you start to think about immigration reform.

Anyhow, listen to our recap but make sure your Prozac is within reach. It’s depressing.

REDIRECT: Donald Trump’s Immigration Dystopia

Donald Trump has some “big” ideas when it comes to immigration. Those “ideas” face some nearly-impossible obstacles when it comes to implementation, but what would the result look like if we assumed he could accomplish what he wants? Big, expensive government, and gross, ugly xenophobia. IMG_4304

Yes, listening to Trump and his supporters is enough to make one yearn for less-racist days of yesterday past, when Rick Perry and Sean Hannity rode along the Rio Grande with their frat-boy backwards hats and totally rad sunglasses. 5yh2Qeg-1

Indeed, Donald Trump is ultimately the benefactor of the racist foundation laid by the Republicans who came before him. People who wonder where this is coming from, or what it is he has managed to “tap in to” have not been paying attention.