Voices of Immigration

Voices of Immigration is an interdisciplinary research podcast through DiSC at Rutgers University-Camden. Our podcast contextualized immigrant stories and touches on issues such as contemporary issues such as the Muslim Ban, DACA, and stereotypes. The goal is to investigate these broader topics and tell the stories of these issues. We are starting off by telling the stories of students throughout our campus and what their experience has been for the country they call home. It will be doing things such as bringing in guests for interviews so they can tell their stories as immigrants.

Episode 1: Our Immigrant Stories

Welcome to our podcast! In this first episode, you’ll hear from Rutgers University-Camden students, Tania Martinez and Sandra Benjamin, about their own immigrant experiences and the impact it has had on their lives, in what ways they help advocate for the immigrant community, and what this podcast series seeks to achieve for its viewers and participants. Thanks for listening and we hope you enjoy!

Resources:

Adams, Derek, et al. “Third of International Students in US ‘Discriminated against’.” Times Higher Education (THE), 20 Nov. 2019,
www.timeshighereducation.com/news/third-international-students-us-discriminated-against

“Why People of Color Are Suffering More from COVID-19.” Tufts Now, 13 July 2020,
now.tufts.edu/articles/why-people-color-are-suffering-more-covid-19.

“Coronavirus: Why Some Racial Groups Are More Vulnerable.” BBC Future, BBC,
www.bbc.com/future/article/20200420-coronavirus-why-some-racial-groups-are-more-vulnerable.

Stephanie Soucheray | News Reporter | CIDRAP News | Aug 14, 2020. “US Blacks 3 Times More Likely than Whites to Get COVID-19.” CIDRAP, 14 Aug. 2020,
www.cidrap.umn.edu/news-perspective/2020/08/us-blacks-3-times-more-likely-whites-get-covid-19.

Survey: International Students’ Main Concerns Center on Issues of Health, Safety and Immigration, www.insidehighered.com/news/2020/07/01/survey-international-students-main-concerns-center-issues-health-safety-and.

Episode 2: COVID-19 Failures

In this episode, we explore how the start of the pandemic negatively affected the immigrant community. First, we talk about the hardships faced by international students when a number of institutions failed to act. Next, we talk to a student advocate about how they stepped in to provide COVID-19 aid for those excluded. Finally, we explore the broader impact of the pandemic, addressing the failures of government institutions and employers.

Resources:

Himali Bhatt, MD. “Impacts of COVID-19 on Relief-Seeking Immigrant Children.” Primary Care Blog, info.primarycare.hms.harvard.edu/blog/covid-immigrant-children.

Tomassi, Alexa. “Children Are at High Risk for COVID-19 Infection in Border Detention Facilities.” Yale School of Medicine, Yale School of Medicine, 16 Apr. 2020,
medicine.yale.edu/news-article/24019/.

Midwest New Media, LLC – www.midwestnewmedia.com – (513) 742-9150. “Workplace Fairness.” Undocumented Workers,  www.workplacefairness.org/undocumented-workers#:~:text=Undocumented%20workers%20in%20the%20United,discrimination%20based%20on%20citizenship%20status.

Birkeland, Bente, and Jenny Brundin. “Colorado’s Undocumented Immigrants Have Been Shut Out Of Benefits And Licensed Jobs For 15 Years. A New Bill Would Change That.” Colorado Public Radio, Colorado Public Radio, 23 Feb. 2021, www.cpr.org/2021/02/22/colorados-undocumented-immigrants-have-been-shut-out-of-benefits-and-licensed-jobs-for-15-years-a-new-bill-would-change-that/

“COVID-19 Impacts on Immigration Detention Global Responses 2020.” International Detention Coalition,
idcoalition.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/COVID-19-Impacts-on-Immigration-Detention-Global-Responses-2020.pdf.

Episode 3: DACA: A Dream Delayed

In this episode, we are talking about Dreamers and what their experiences have been like since Biden was elected into office.  We bring on Erika Martinez, a student that advocates for immigrant rights, and she speaks about her experiences as an undocumented person.  We also bring on Jason Hernandez to speak about the technical updates regarding DACA.

Resources:

“Kamala Harris Tells Guatemala Migrants: ‘Do Not Come to US’.”BBC News, BBC, 8 June 2021,
www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-57387350.

Hackman, Michelle. “Biden Administration Threatens to Sue Texas Over Shelters Housing Immigrant Children.” The Wall Street Journal, Dow Jones & Company, 8 June 2021,
www.wsj.com/articles/biden-administration-threatens-to-sue-texas-over-shelters-housing-immigrant-children-11623154103

Sangani, Priyanka. “Immigration Lawsuits Continue Well into Joe Biden Term.” TheEconomic Times,
economictimes.indiatimes.com/nri/migrate/immigration-lawsuits-continue-well-into-joe-biden-term/articleshow/83307496.cms

 

Episode 4: Traveling Anxieties

In this episode, we are discussing the traveling anxieties that existed for many Middle Eastern individuals in living in the world post 9/11. We bring onto the show Shaheera Hussein, a student that discusses her personal experiences with her and her family in traveling and discrimination. We also go through the history and policies of what has happened post 9/11 and contextualizing what it was like for Middle Eastern Americans.

Resources:

“Complex US Refugee Policies Likely to Limit Number of Afghan Admissions.” Voice of America,
https://www.voanews.com/a/us-afghanistan-troop-withdrawal_complex-us-refugee-policies-likely-limit-number-afghan-admissions/6209764.html

Holly Bailey, Annie Gowen. “Americans Prepare to Welcome Thousands of Afghan Refugees, Even as Political RHETORIC Heats Up.” The Washington Post, WP Company, 21 Aug. 2021,
https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/americans-prepare-to-welcome-thousands-of-afghan-refugees-even-as-political-rhetoric-heats-up/2021/08/20/55cbc638-012d-11ec-85f2-b871803f65e4_story.html

Gregorian, Dareh. “Refugees Welcome: Several States Open Arms to FLEEING AFGHANS.” NBCNews.com, NBCUniversal News Group, 18 Aug. 2021,
https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/immigration/refugees-welcome-several-states-open-arms-fleeing-afg%20hans-n1277079

“Biden Has Overturned Trump’s ‘MUSLIM Travel Ban.’ Activists Say That’s Not Enough.” NPR, NPR, 6 Mar. 2021, www.npr.org/2021/03/06/974339586/biden-has-overturned-trumps-muslim-travel-ban-act ivists-say-thats-not-enough.

Koenig, Kailani, and Yasmin Vossoughian. “Biden Rescinded the
‘Muslim Ban.’ but Many Families Remain Stuck in the Backlog.”
NBCNews.com, NBCUniversal News Group, 20 Mar. 2021,
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/biden-rescinded-muslim-ban-many-families-remain-stuck-backlog-n1261631

“Proclamation on Ending Discriminatory Bans on Entry to The United States.” The White House, The United States Government, 21 Jan. 2021,
www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/presidential-actions/2021/01/20/proclamation-ending-discriminatory-bans-on-entry-to-the-united-states/.

Vohra, Anchal. “Biden Rescinds Trump’s Muslim Ban, Pledges to Accept More Refugees.” ORF,
https://www.orfonline.org/expert-speak/biden-rescinds-trumps-muslim-ban-pledges-to-accept-more-refugees/

“Migrant encounters at U.S.-Mexico border are at a 21-year high”
https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2021/08/13/migrant-encounters-at-u-s-mexico-border-are-at-a-21-year-high/

“What Is the Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Immigrants and Their Children?” OECD, 19 Oct. 2020,
https://www.oecd.org/coronavirus/policy-responses/what-is-the-impact-of-the-covid-19-pandemic-on-immigrants-and-their-children-e7cbb7de/#:~:text=Due%20to%20a%20range%20of,infection%20than%20the%20native%2Dborn.

“The Impact of Covid-19 on Noncitizens and across the U.s. Immigration System.” American Immigration Council, 28 Apr. 2021,
www.americanimmigrationcouncil.org/research/impact-covid-19-us-immigration-system?__cf_chl_jschl_tk__=pmd__J3ZD3HbyXl5fpF9CsfU1wouSMLN9F0qYlWBo2OPEBI-1629481621-0-qNtZGzNAlCjcnBszQi9.

 

Episode 5: Karanveer Pannu: An Activist for the Sikh Community

Karanveer Pannu is a current 1L at Rutgers Law Camden who recently completed his Masters in Public Administration from Rutgers Camden as well. While in his senior year of undergrad, the Mayor of his home town of Voorhees appointed Karanveer to the Zoning Board. Karanveer is passionate about public service & government and hopes to use his law degree to further his dedication to serving others.
In this episode, we talk about how Karanveer, who self-published a book as a young boy, decided to write about some of the sensitive and significant time periods of his life. We will also walk you through his experience as an immigrant and his vision as the youth of this nation. In order to help you gain a better understanding of the episode we have also created an outline.
In this episode we discuss:
• Sikhism as a religion and its philosophies.
• The experience of being a part Sikh community in the USA.
• Language being a barrier for immigrants.
• Youth’s optimism towards a better future of the nation.

Resources:

“Complex US Refugee Policies Likely to Limit Number of Afghan Admissions.” Voice of America,
https://www.voanews.com/a/us-afghanistan-troop-withdrawal_complex-us-refugee-policies-likely-limit-number-afghan-admissions/6209764.html
Holly Bailey, Annie Gowen. “Americans Prepare to Welcome Thousands of Afghan Refugees, Even as Political RHETORIC Heats Up.” The Washington Post, WP Company, 21 Aug. 2021,
https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/americans-prepare-to-welcome-thousands-of-afghan-refugees-even-as-political-rhetoric-heats-up/2021/08/20/55cbc638-012d-11ec-85f2-b871803f65e4_story.html

Gregorian, Dareh. “Refugees Welcome: Several States Open Arms to FLEEING AFGHANS.” NBCNews.com, NBCUniversal News Group, 18 Aug. 2021,
https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/immigration/refugees-welcome-several-states-open-arms-fleeing-afg%20hans-n1277079
“Biden Has Overturned Trump’s ‘MUSLIM Travel Ban.’ Activists Say That’s Not Enough.” NPR, NPR, 6 Mar. 2021, www.npr.org/2021/03/06/974339586/biden-has-overturned-trumps-muslim-travel-ban-act ivists-say-thats-not-enough.
Koenig, Kailani, and Yasmin Vossoughian. “Biden Rescinded the
‘Muslim Ban.’ but Many Families Remain Stuck in the Backlog.”
NBCNews.com, NBCUniversal News Group, 20 Mar. 2021,
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/biden-rescinded-muslim-ban-many-families-remain-stuck-backlog-n1261631
“Proclamation on Ending Discriminatory Bans on Entry to The United States.” The White House, The United States Government, 21 Jan. 2021,
www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/presidential-actions/2021/01/20/proclamation-ending-discriminatory-bans-on-entry-to-the-united-states/.
Vohra, Anchal. “Biden Rescinds Trump’s Muslim Ban, Pledges to Accept More Refugees.” ORF,
https://www.orfonline.org/expert-speak/biden-rescinds-trumps-muslim-ban-pledges-to-accept-more-refugees/

“Migrant encounters at U.S.-Mexico border are at a 21-year high”
https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2021/08/13/migrant-encounters-at-u-s-mexico-border-are-at-a-21-year-high/
“What Is the Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Immigrants and Their Children?” OECD, 19 Oct. 2020,
https://www.oecd.org/coronavirus/policy-responses/what-is-the-impact-of-the-covid-19-pandemic-on-immigrants-and-their-children-e7cbb7de/#:~:text=Due%20to%20a%20range%20of,infection%20than%20the%20native%2Dborn.

“The Impact of Covid-19 on Noncitizens and across the U.s. Immigration System.” American Immigration Council, 28 Apr. 2021,
www.americanimmigrationcouncil.org/research/impact-covid-19-us-immigration-system?__cf_chl_jschl_tk__=pmd__J3ZD3HbyXl5fpF9CsfU1wouSMLN9F0qYlWBo2OPEBI-1629481621-0-qNtZGzNAlCjcnBszQi9.