FAIR Immigration | Understanding Immigration

The Federation for American Immigration Reform's podcast bringing you the most important updates about U.S. immigration. Featuring special guests including members of Congress, journalists, and experts in the field.


12/04/2023 08:48 AM
Congressman Chip Roy on How to Stop the Biden Administration's Border Crisis

Congressman Chip Roy (R-Texas) discusses the Biden Administration's border crisis and negotiations in Congress to secure our borders as part of a foreign aid package with FAIR's Executive Director, Julie Kirchner.

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10/31/2023 03:12 PM
Congressman Brian Babin on the Biden Administration's Border Crisis

Congressman Brian Babin (R-Texas) discusses the Biden Administration's border crisis and ongoing discussions in Congress to secure our borders as part of a funding package with FAIR's Executive Director, Julie Kirchner. 

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10/31/2023 03:08 PM
Tucson Sector Slammed with Skyrocketing Border Crossings

Sheriff Mark Lamb of Pinal County, AZ shares with FAIR how the cartels are using Biden's border crisis to their advantage to traffic people and drugs through his county to everywhere, USA

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08/22/2023 01:48 PM
What has changed about southern border crossers in the past decade?

Idaho state Senator Phil Hart discusses his recent trips to the southwest border and how things are different from trips he made years ago.

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07/08/2023 04:30 PM
Biden's Border Crisis and Impeaching DHS Secretary Mayorkas

Congressman Pat Fallon (TX-04) discusses how the Biden Administration's border crisis is impacting his home state of Texas and his resolution to impeach Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.

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06/09/2023 05:11 PM
Unsustainable Methods of Staffing at DHS

Congressman Glenn Grothman (WI-06), Chairman of the Subcommittee on National Security, the Border, and Foreign Affairs on the House Oversight Committee discusses a hearing his subcommittee held on the Department of Homeland Security Inspector General Report, which raises red flags about the “unsustainable” methods of staffing at Customs and Border Protection and Immigration and Customs Enforcement and their impact on morale.

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04/25/2023 11:09 AM
A Bi-partisan Bill to Protect American Workers

Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) discusses the bipartisan H-1B, L-1 visa reform legislation that he and Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) have been pushing to "reduce fraud and abuse, provide protections for American workers and visa holders and require more transparency in the recruitment of foreign workers" with FAIR's Executive Director, Julie Kirchner.

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03/28/2023 03:32 PM
Biden's Disastrous Border Policies' Role in Increasing Child Abuse

FAIR's Senior Fellow and Former Acting Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Mark Morgan joins FAIR President Dan Stein to discuss factors leading to the surge in unaccompanied alien children under Biden, including the 1997 Flores Settlement and 2008 Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA).

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03/19/2023 10:06 AM
The True Fiscal Cost of Illegal Immigration

FAIR's director of research Spencer Raley talks about our latest study finding illegal immigration costs American taxpayers at least $151 BILLION annually!

Read the report here:
https://www.fairus.org/issue/publications-resources/fiscal-burden-illegal-immigration-united-states-taxpayers-2023

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03/02/2023 08:15 PM
The Nautical Border Crisis

@DelphFishing joined Understanding Immigration this week to talk about the Floridian Border Crisis. See Delph fishings social channels here:
https://ovou.me/yopefazayifusaqo

Visit their website:
https://www.delphfishing.com/

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02/15/2023 02:03 PM
Deputy Killed by Illegal Alien in Colorado

FAIR State and Local Director Shari Rendall and Law Enforcement Relations Manager Susan Tully speak with Weld County, Colorado Sheriff Steve Reams about an off-duty deputy who was killed by an illegal alien in a hit-and-run accident.

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01/13/2023 03:07 PM
Biden's Bogus Border Visit

Mark Morgan, former acting commissioner of Customs and Border Protection discusses Biden's recent border visit where the president spent 3 hours in El Paso. We also discuss Mark's firsthand experience on his own recent (of very many) trips to the southwest border to keep tabs on how bad this crisis is.

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12/19/2022 02:14 PM
Protecting Children from the Border Crisis

⚠️LISTENER DISCRETION ADVISED⚠️

Today's Understanding Immigration gives a look into how every town in America is a border town as Sheriff Grossnickle and County Attorney Erramouspe go in depth about a case involving an illegal alien in their town in Sweetwater County, Wyoming.

https://k2radio.com/rock-springs-man-sentenced-to-125-years-for-kidnapping-and-sexual-assault/
https://www.facebook.com/swcountysheriff

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12/15/2022 01:14 PM
Breaking Down the Border Crisis with Rob Law

America First Policy Institute's Rob Law discussing fentanyl poisonings, Afghan evacuees, and the border crisis

https://americafirstpolicy.com/latest/20221025-fy-2022-by-the-numbers

https://americafirstpolicy.com/latest/20221101-fentanyl-fatalities-in-perspective

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11/18/2022 11:31 AM
Borderline Insanity with Jennie Taer

The Daily Caller's Jennie Taer joins us to discuss her recent reporting from Guatemala. She told us about her conversation with Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei, Afghan migrants making the journey north, and showed us conditions inside of a Guatemalan facility for those who were deported from the US.
https://dailycaller.com/2022/11/03/border-immigration-amazon-microsoft/

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11/05/2022 11:19 AM
Judicial Current Events

Matt O'Brien, Director of Investigations for Immigration Reform Law Institute and FAIR's Press Secretary Ron Kovach discuss the latest judicial current events in immigration law and news.

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10/21/2022 10:39 AM
American Schools Going Bankrupt - the Elephant in the Classroom

FAIR's recent report which can be found here:
https://www.fairus.org/issue/illegal-immigration/elephant-classroom-mass-immigration-imposing-colossal-cost-and-challenges
outlines the fiscal burden of the massive unfunded mandate imposed by the federal government: the requirement to educate millions of illegal aliens, the school-age children of illegal aliens, and unassimilated/unvetted refugees. The struggle to fund programs for students with limited English proficiency (LEP) represents a major drain on school budgets as they redirect resources away from American citizens to support English learner programs for this cohort.

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10/01/2022 01:09 PM
Hold Their Feet to the Fire Radio Row 2022
Interviews with Rep. Brian Babin (TX-36), former Acting ICE Director Tony Pham, spokesperson for National Border Patrol Council Art Del Cueto, and Angel Mom from Advocates for Victims of Illegal Alien Crime Sabine Durden-Coulter from the nation's capital at our annual radio row event.
08/15/2022 09:52 AM
The IRS, the American People and Biden's Crumbling Narrative
FAIR's Preston Huennekens and Ron Kovach discuss the latest trending immigration stories from legislation, to polling, to the Biden administration's remarks about the situation at the border.
07/30/2022 03:59 PM
The Purge at The Executive Office for Immigration Review
The Biden administration removes several immigration judges for purely political reasons. We sit down with one of these jurists, Matt O'Brien who previously worked at USCIS and FAIR and now holds the position of director of investigation at the Immigration Reform Law Institute.
07/15/2022 06:30 AM
SCOTUS Decisions and Texas' Response
In this episode, we discuss the Supreme Court's decision to give the Biden Administration the greenlight to end the Trump-era "Remain In Mexico" policy and Governor Abbott's executive order which authorizes the Texas National Guard and Department of Public Safety to bring illegal aliens to the ports of entry at the southern border.
05/27/2022 02:54 PM
The Most Apprehensions in American History
April shattered border apprehension numbers - they were the most in U.S. history. What is the state of the southern border, and will President Biden do anything to address the crisis?
05/12/2022 04:47 PM
Border Security Blueprint for Congress
Dozens of groups, including FAIR, mobilize to provide an immigration blueprint for the 118th Congress
04/27/2022 09:50 AM
The 2021 Illegal Alien Population
In this episode FAIR's Research team breaks down our latest report which pegs the illegal alien population at 15.5 million as of the end of 2021, and discusses how much this cohort costs American taxpayers. Here's the report: https://www.fairus.org/issue/illegal-immigration/2021-update-how-many-illegal-aliens-live-united-states
04/01/2022 12:15 PM
DHS's New Budget and Priorities
On how Biden's proposed budget for the Department of Homeland Security streamlines mass migration
03/18/2022 02:07 PM
The ICE Fiscal Year 2021 Report
The ICE Fiscal Year 2021 Report is available and the information in it is stunning. Under Biden’s watch, ICE is effectively abolished.
03/04/2022 02:21 PM
The Ukraine Crisis
In this episode we discuss the crisis in Ukraine from Russia's invasion and what to expect from the Biden administration's use of Temporary Protected Status.
02/24/2022 03:56 PM
Congressman Pat Fallon (TX-04) and the ALIEN Act
Congressman Pat Fallon (TX-04) discusses his new bill, the ALIEN Act, and the impact it would have on the ongoing border crisis.
02/18/2022 10:59 AM
Did Biden Abolish ICE?
In FAIR's 50th episode of the Understanding Immigration podcast, we review recently obtained ICE removal data from FY 2021 which shows that the Biden administration is clearly refusing to enforce our immigration laws.
02/04/2022 01:53 PM
Former Border Patrol Chief Rodney Scott
We speak with former Border Patrol Chief Rodney Scott, who is now a distinguished senior fellow for border security at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, about the declining morale of his former agency and the continuing border crisis.
01/21/2022 04:30 PM
The Texas Synagogue Attack and Alien Voting
Preston Huennekens, FAIR's government relations manager and Jason Peña from our research department discuss illegal alien voting in New York, benefits for illegal aliens in California, and how the Texas synagogue terrorist entered the United States.
01/07/2022 04:05 PM
Predictions for 2022
In the first episode of 2022, we discuss our predictions for migrant apprehension numbers and what the Biden administration and Congress might do (or not do) to address the growing immigration issues in the United States.
12/03/2021 02:30 PM
Omicron Shutdown and 2021 in Review
In this episode, we discuss the new Covid variant, Omicron, and the Biden administration's hypocritical travel bans. We reflect on the most significant immigration policies and news from 2021 as well.
11/12/2021 03:00 PM
Illegal Alien Payouts and Ongoing Amnesty Efforts
FAIR's Spencer Raley and Preston Huennekens discuss the Biden administration's proposal to pay hundreds of millions to illegal alien families, and Democrats' third attempt to pass the largest amnesty in U.S. history via the "Build Back Better" plan.
10/29/2021 12:30 PM
Record-Breaking Apprehensions and the Chris Magnus Hearing
In this episode we talk about the all-time high number of illegal aliens crossing the border and President Biden's nomination of an open borders, sanctuary city advocate to lead Customs and Border Protection. https://www.immigrationreform.com/2021/10/20/bidens-customs-and-border-protection-pick-admits-that-the-administrations-policies-need-to-change/
10/15/2021 12:30 PM
Changes in ICE Policy and Current Events
In this episode we discuss why thousands of Haitians are arriving in Del Rio, Texas, and how the Biden administration's new policies protect illegal aliens from deportation and end all worksite enforcement.
10/04/2021 11:02 AM
FAIR's 14th Annual Hold Their Feet to the Fire Radio Row
A special episode from FAIR's 14th annual radio row event, Hold Their Feet to the Fire, where more than 60 radio hosts broadcasted from DC to hold politicians accountable for the crisis at the border and poor U.S. immigration policies. Interview guests included lawmakers, sheriffs, immigration experts, angel families, and many others. In this episode we interview FAIR President Dan Stein, Sheriff Sam Page of Rockingham NC, Rob Law - Director of Regulatory Affairs and Policy for the Center for Immigration Studies, and Mark Morgan - Former Acting Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Check out FAIR's Facebook and Twitter accounts for more interviews with other distinguished guests from this special event which will continue to be posted throughout the week!
09/18/2021 05:00 PM
9/11 and Immigration
In this episode, we discuss how President Biden and his administration have outright ignored the 9/11 Commission's national security recommendations.
08/27/2021 04:30 PM
The Afghan Refugee Crisis
FAIR’s Spencer Raley, Preston Huennekens, and Matthew Tragesser discuss the poorly executed withdrawal from Afghanistan and how the U.S. can best address Afghan refugees, especially those who have helped the U.S. military.
08/13/2021 12:00 PM
Covid-19 Update at the Border with Rep. Ronny Jackson
Congressman Ronny Jackson (TX-13), former physician to President Obama and President Trump, joins FAIR's Matthew Tragesser and Preston Huennekens to discuss the out-of-control border crisis and the health and security implications it holds for border states and for the country.
07/30/2021 05:30 PM
Title 42
FAIR’s Spencer Raley, Preston Huennekens, and Matthew Tragesser discuss how a little-known emergency health order called Title 42 is helping mitigate the spread of COVID-19 at the southern border and why the Biden administration's plan to to lift the order is completely contrary to how seriously they claim to be taking the global health pandemic.
07/16/2021 03:00 PM
Is Amnesty Infrastructure?
FAIR’s Preston Huennekens, Spencer Raley, and Matthew Tragesser discuss the plan by Senate Democrats to try to amnesty MILLIONS of illegal aliens as part of an infrastructure bill through the budget reconciliation process. How likely are they to succeed and what will be the consequences if they do?
07/02/2021 02:10 PM
Harris Visits the Border
FAIR's Preston Huennekens and Matthew Tragesser discuss Vice President Kamala Harris's recent visit to El Paso, Texas while FAIR hosted a rally at the border wall in Arizona where hundreds of citizen activists, sheriffs and lawmakers attended to send a message to the current administration to end the Biden Border Crisis.
06/18/2021 10:00 AM
Kamala Harris and Guatemala
FAIR's Matthew Tragesser and Spencer Raley are joined by Townhall.com's senior writer Julio Rosas to discuss Vice President Harris's recent trip, not to the border of course, to Guatemala.
06/04/2021 02:55 PM
Extra-continental Illegal Immigration
FAIR's Preston Huennekens, Spencer Raley, and Matthew Tragesser discuss how more and more migrants entering through the open Southwest border are coming from all over the world, including from countries that the U.S. considers state sponsors of terrorism.
05/21/2021 04:00 PM
The American Refugee Program
FAIR's Spencer Raley, Preston Huennekens, and Madison McQueen discuss the United States Refugee Program.
05/07/2021 04:43 PM
Former Acting ICE Director Tom Homan
FAIR's Preston Huennekens, Matthew Tragesser, and Immigration Reform Law Institute senior fellow Tom Homan, former acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), discuss immigration policy in the Joe Biden era.
04/23/2021 03:21 PM
President Biden's First 100 Days
FAIR's Preston Huennekens, Spencer Raley, and Matthew Tragesser discuss the first 100 days of the Biden administration and how American immigration policy has been impacted by the president's administration's actions.
04/09/2021 04:08 PM
FAIR's Border Trip with Mark Morgan
FAIR's Spencer Raley, Matthew Tragesser, and Senior Fellow Mark Morgan, former acting commissioner of Customs and Border Protection, discuss a recent trip to the border in McAllen, Texas that FAIR took where we saw the border crisis firsthand.
03/26/2021 04:46 PM
Border Crises - Past and Present
FAIR's Spencer Raley, Matthew Tragesser, and Preston Huennekens discuss the border surges under the Trump and Biden administrations. How has President Biden handled the surges at the border and why have members of the media been restricted from accessing detention facilities? What is President Biden hiding?
03/12/2021 03:42 PM
The Biden Border Crisis
FAIR's Preston Huennekens, Madison McQueen, and Matthew Tragesser discuss the ongoing crisis at the southern border which the Biden administration refers to as a mere challenge.
02/26/2021 04:26 PM
Biden's Mass Amnesty
FAIR's Matthew Tragesser, Spencer Raley, and Preston Huennekens discuss President Biden's bill proposal which would be the largest amnesty proposal in U.S. history.
02/12/2021 05:30 PM
More Immigration Executive Actions
FAIR's Spencer Raley, Matthew Tragesser, and Preston Huennekens give another update on more executive actions that President Biden is using to undo even the most practical immigration policies of the previous administration.
01/29/2021 03:57 PM
President Biden's First Week
FAIR's Preston Huennekens, Matthew Tragesser, and Spencer Raley talk about President Biden's first week in office when he issued more immigration executive orders than those addressing COVID-19 and our weakened economy.
01/15/2021 02:59 PM
Border Apprehensions
FAIR's Matthew Tragesser, Spencer Raley, and Preston Huennekens talk about how apprehensions at U.S. borders have tripled since April despite COVID-19 travel restrictions. Will Joe Biden face another border crisis like we saw in 2019?
01/01/2021 08:00 AM
The Illegal Alien Population
FAIR's Spencer Raley, Madison McQueen, and Jason Pena of the research department talk about their updated report on the population of illegal aliens residing in the U.S., how they reach this estimate, and how this number affects jobs, spending, education, and public safety.
12/18/2020 02:00 PM
Criminal Alien Gangs
FAIR's Preston Huennekens, Matthew Tragesser, and Spencer Raley discuss the issue of criminal alien gangs in the U.S. and how enforcing laws at the border and in the interior can make communities safer.
12/04/2020 01:00 PM
Immigration and the Biden Cabinet
FAIR's Spencer Raley, Matthew Tragesser and Preston Huennekens discuss Biden's cabinet picks Alejandro Mayorkas (for Department of Homeland Security), Xavier Becerra and others and what these hires would mean for United States immigration going forward. At the time of recording this episode it was highly speculated that Becerra would be slated to become Biden's Attorney General, but recent news points to him being selected as secretary of health and human services.
11/13/2020 04:00 PM
President Trump and Immigration
FAIR's Matthew Tragesser and Preston Huennekens discuss the accomplishments and failures of the Trump administration regarding immigration.
10/30/2020 03:00 PM
Understanding Merit-Based Immigration
FAIR's Preston Huennekens, Matthew Tragesser, and Spencer Raley argue why a merit-based immigration system is more beneficial than a chain migration system in the United States.
10/16/2020 04:00 PM
Understanding the 2020 Presidential Election
FAIR's Spencer Raley, Preston Huennekens, and Matthew Tragesser examine both candidates' immigration policies and actions in an educational discussion about the 2020 presidential election.
10/02/2020 04:00 PM
Understanding Student Visa Programs
FAIR’s Matthew Tragesser, Spencer Raley, and Preston Huennekens discuss student visa programs and the impact they have on national security and workforce economy.
09/18/2020 04:30 PM
Understanding the Northern Border
FAIR’s Preston Huennekens, Spencer Raley, and Matthew Tragesser discuss the increasing number of apprehensions of illegal aliens at the northern border with Canada and why this may be a growing problem.
09/04/2020 06:00 AM
Understanding Voter Fraud
FAIR’s Spencer Raley, Preston Huennekens, and Matthew Tragesser discuss the issue of non-citizen voter fraud.
08/21/2020 04:00 PM
Understanding the Department of Homeland Security
FAIR’s Preston Huennekens, Spencer Raley, and Matthew Tragesser discuss the Department of Homeland Security which was established in 2003. The episode covers the different parts of DHS (USCIS, ICE, and CBP) explaining what they are each responsible for and breaks down how these departments are different.
08/07/2020 05:00 PM
Understanding the 287(g) Program
FAIR’s Matthew Tragesser, Preston Huennekens, and Spencer Raley explain the 287(g) program which grants federal immigration powers to local law enforcement, enhances public safety, and is cost effective.
07/24/2020 04:45 PM
Understanding the Census and Immigration
FAIR’s Spencer Raley, Matthew Tragesser, and Preston Huennekens, discuss how illegal aliens residing in the U.S. could be included in the Census and how the Trump administration has recently issued a memorandum trying to make sure only the population of U.S. citizens counts towards representative apportionment.
07/13/2020 05:38 AM
Understanding Asylum Abuse
FAIR’s Preston Huennekens, Spencer Raley, and Matthew Tragesser explain the asylum process and how it's severely abused in the United States.
06/26/2020 04:30 PM
Understanding the Fiscal Cost of Illegal Immigration
FAIR’s Spencer Raley, Matthew Tragesser, and Preston Huennekens talk about the fiscal cost of illegal immigration and how that amount can be reduced.
06/12/2020 05:00 PM
Understanding National Security
FAIR’s Matthew Tragesser and Preston Huennekens talk about how immigration affects national security. Learn how our broken immigration system and porous border can lead to terrorism, gang violence, and other crime.
05/29/2020 04:30 PM
Understanding Immigration and the Environment
FAIR’s Preston Huennekens, Spencer Raley, and Matthew Tragesser talk about the negative impacts that unchecked immigration has on the environment in the United States and question the reasoning of why some of the biggest environmental groups in America have been neglecting to address this issue.
05/15/2020 04:00 PM
Understanding DACA
FAIR’s Matthew Tragesser, Preston Huennekens, and Spencer Raley talk about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy (DACA). The Supreme Court is set to make a ruling regarding the continuation of DACA very soon and here you can find out about the policy.
05/01/2020 04:00 PM
Understanding Remittances
FAIR’s Spencer Raley, Matthew Tragesser, and Preston Huennekens talk about how remittances impact the US economy.
04/17/2020 06:30 PM
Understanding Guestworker Programs
FAIR’s Matthew Tragesser, Preston Huennekens, and Spencer Raley discuss how guestworker programs depress wages and displace Americans from jobs and why, at a time when millions of Americans file for unemployment, the administration seeks to import more foreign cheap labor.
04/06/2020 07:00 AM
Understanding the Southern Border Wall

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03/23/2020 07:00 AM
Understanding Coronavirus and Immigration
FAIR’s Matthew Tragesser, Preston Huennekens, and Spencer Raley discuss the relationships between Coronavirus and immigration and the immigration measures countries are taking to curb the disease.
03/09/2020 07:00 AM
Understanding Sanctuary Cities
FAIR’s Matthew Tragesser, Preston Huennekens, and Spencer Raley discuss sanctuary cities: what they are and what you need to know about them.
02/24/2020 08:00 AM
Understanding E-Verify
In this inaugural episode, FAIR's Matthew Tragesser, Preston Huennekens, and Spencer Raley discuss the E-Verify program: what it is, why it's important, and what you need to know about it.