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Immigration Live Episode 001: Chasity Alvarez
Family Unity


There is little doubt that keeping mixed status families together is one of the most pressing issues facing immigration reform advocates today.

This is why we invited Chasity Brewster Alvarez, founder of Fair Unity, to be our first guest on Batara Immigration Live.

Over the course of a few months, Chasity went from being a spouse of an undocumented immigrant with no knowledge about immigration issues to the leader of one of the internet’s largest immigrant family support groups.

In this hangout, Chasity shares her experiences, in the hopes spouses of immigrants, like her, gain valuable tips, strategies, and insights for their personal journey to permanent residency and U.S. citizenship.

Read The Full Article And Watch The Live Interview: Chasity Alvarez On Family Unity


Immigration Live Episode 002: Deborah Santos De Sherman
Victims Of Immigration Policy


When President Obama was elected to his first term, immigrant communities felt reform was just around the corner. Instead, his administration has deported nearly 200,000 individuals per year.

The more immigration law enforcement agencies have pushed to remove immigrants from their families, the more they have created a new wave of immigration reform activists – citizen activists who refuse to sit idly while the rights of their friends and neighbors are trampled upon by agents claiming to be acting under authority of law.

It was this type of government abuse which prompted Deborah Sherman De Santos to start questioning immigration officials. That was several years ago. She is still seeking answers today.

This is why we invited her to be our guest on Batara Immigration Live.

Read The Full Article And Watch The Live Interview: Deborah Santos On Victims Of Immigration Policy


Immigration Live Episode 003: Bob Drews
U.S. Border Policy


Open any newspaper, listen to any talk show, or watch any television show on immigration, and you’ll hear about immigrants crossing the border from Mexico to enter the United States.

The American public rarely, if ever, hears about U.S. citizens crossing the border to live in Mexico. However, our immigration live hangout special guest today provides that perspective for you.

This is why we would like to introduce Bob Drews, one of the most prolific immigration commentators on the internet, on this session of Immigration Live.

Read The Full Article And Watch The Live Interview: Bob Drews On U.S. Border Policies


Immigration Live Episode 004: Ellin Jimmerson
The Immigration Impact Of NAFTA


Why do millions of Latin Americans leave their homes families to make an illegal, expensive, dangerous and sometimes deadly journey to the United States?

This is one of the toughest immigration issues to understand. Much of the public discussion fails to explore the deep causes or consequences of such migration.

That’s the reason we invited Ellin Jimmerson, Ph.D, Minister, and Director of “The Second Cooler”, a highly-acclaimed and award-winning documentary on the subject of Central American and Mexican migration, to share her insights.

In this live chat, you’ll learn why Ellin lays much of the blame on the North American Free Trade Act (NAFTA) on current U.S, immigration and border affairs policies.

Read The Full Article And Watch The Live Interview: Elin Jimmerson On The Immigration Impact Of NAFTA


Immigration Live Episode 005: Joel Smith
The Dangerous Journey Of Migrants In The Desert


The trip from Central and South America, through the desert, is a dangerous journey.

Yet, thousands make this trip every year, often with limited, if any food, clothes, money, or water. Few really understand the ordeals they face.

This is why we invited Joel Smith, Director of Operations at Human Borders, a non-profit organization dedicated to taking death out of the immigration border equation.

In this hangout, you’ll discover what Joel has learned from his work in the desert maintaining emergency water stations, tracking travel patterns, monitoring vigilante groups, and trying to identify migrants who have died in the desert.

Read The Full Article And Watch The Live Interview: Joel Smith On Migrants In The Desert



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