How Fear Changed America. Homeland Insecurity is a new documentary podcast from RAICES that chronicles the untold story of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). We go back to the beginning, when our government built a powerful new agency in the wake of 9/11 to protect America from terrorists—only to use that agency to terrorize immigrants. From family separation to federal agents deployed in Portland, the scope and cruelty of DHS continues to expand, begging the question: Is anyone safe? Season 1 is hosted by civil rights leader Erika Andiola, a galvanizing voice in the fight for migrant justice.
In June 2020, DHS descends on nationwide protests for racial justice and throws Portland demonstrators into unmarked vans. DHS was supposed to protect us from terrorist attacks, only to be weaponized against immigrants. Now it is being deployed against U.S. citizens exercising their right to protest. Just how far will this go?