Podcast | Separating fact from fiction in Trump’s immigration policy

Journalists and advocates with the task of deciphering and sometimes challenging the official narrative talk about how they do it.

Immigration panel at Crosscut Festival

Maru Mora Villalpando talks about her work as the leader of Northwest Detention Center Resistance. (Photo by Dorothy Edwards/Crosscut)

President Donald Trump has made immigration a cornerstone of his political agenda. And his rhetoric, while inflaming his critics and galvanizing his base, is not always based in fact. That makes it difficult for journalists, who attempt to report accurately on everything from migrant caravans to family separation. And for advocates and activists, there's new urgency to counter the administration's narrative. Crosscut brought a few of those perspectives together to talk about the president's rhetoric and his administration's approach to immigration policy. Sarah Stillman of The New Yorker and Aura Bogado of Reveal discussed their groundbreaking reporting, while Jorge Baron of the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project and Maru Mora Villalpando of Northwest Detention Center Resistance shared perspectives from the realm of immigrant advocacy. This conversation was recorded May 4, 2019, at Seattle University as part of the Crosscut Festival.


Aura Bogato
Aura Bogado shares details of her work reporting on family separation alongside Sarah Stillman, left, and Villalpando.


Jorge Baron
Jorge Baron discusses his work with the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project. 



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