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.
When the Trump administration gets ahold of DHS, they implement a new, horrific policy: Family Separation. Parents and children who present themselves at the border to request asylum are torn apart. In this episode, we follow the story of Luz, a mother who comes to the U.S. with her two daughters Clarita and Isabel. They flee violence in Guatemala only to endure the agony of months-long separation.