Episode 4: Si Se Puede
As power switches hands from Republican to Democratic leadership in 2009, the nation holds its breath, hoping President Barack Obama will fix an immigration system that has become both unfair and unwieldy. Instead, hope turns to dismay as the new administration champions the Secure Communities program, expanding the reach of ICE through local law enforcement and creating a chilling effect on immigrants’ abilities to report crimes. Hear about one such case involving a child predator working at an elementary school in Los Angeles –– and the undocumented families of the victims who were afraid to come forward. Host Erika Andiola also shares the deeply personal impact that these policies had on her family life. Discover how a program that promised “secure communities,” in fact accomplished the opposite, making everyone more unsafe in the process.