Immigration Podcast

A Podcast About the Circuit Courts and Immigration Law for Immigration Lawyers

by Paige Britton & Jonathan Madara


(Recorded April 20 & 27, 2022)

In which Jonathan and Paige consider the effects of trauma on the memory of asylum applicants, what constitutes “confinement” as criminal punishment in Georgia, and what it means for the immigration courts to use “reasoned consideration” when deciding a respondent’s claims.

Munyuh v. Garland, No. 19-72890 (9th Cir. August 25, 2021)

Talamantes v. Garland, No. 19-15080 (11th Cir. 2021)

Jathursan v. Attorney General, 14 F.4th 1365 (2021)

Sharon Bala, The Boat People



(Recorded April 2, 2022)

In which Jonathan and Paige explore the complicated world of EADs, or Employment Authorization Documents, and the impact of an overloaded immigration system on processing work permits for asylum seekers. 

Tony N. v. USCIS (ND CA 2021)

Asylumworks v. Mayorkas (DC DC 2022)

Check out the American Immigration Council and  TracImmigration for more resources!


TAKE TWO: Playing By the Rules

(Recorded March 5, 2022)

In which Paige and Jonathan discuss a Ninth Circuit Case involving the rules for reopening a case when there’s been a change in the law, and a Seventh Circuit Case that made the government play by the same rules as the noncitizen when appealing an Immigration Judge’s decision. 

Goulart v. Garland, 18 F.4th 653 (9th Cir. 2021)

Osmani v. Garland, No. 20-3318 (7th Cir. 2022)


TAKE ONE: Bench Slapping the BIA 

(Recorded February 2022)

In this very satisfying first episode, Paige and Jonathan discuss a Ninth Circuit case in which the BIA got PSGs wrong . . . a Third Circuit case in which the BIA got procedural due process wrong . . . and another Third Circuit case in which the BIA didn’t actually read the Third Circuit opinions it relied on. 

Plancarte-Sauceda v. Garland, No. 19-73312 (9th Cir. Aug. 20, 2021) (amended Jan. 2022)

B.C. v. Attorney General of the United States, No. 19-1408 (3d. Cir. Sept. 1, 2021)

Nsimba v. Attorney General of the United States, No. 20-3565 (3d. Cir. Dec. 22, 2021)


Special thanks to Caleb Britton for the music (“Swing Dancing in the Glass Elevator”) and to the amazing hosts of the Strict Scrutiny Podcast and the inimitable Sabrina Damast for inspiration.

Jonathan and Paige are 3Ls at Drexel University’s Kline School of Law. They participate in the school’s Federal Litigation and Appeals Clinic, which focuses exclusively on immigration law. The opinions expressed in this podcast are not the views of their law school, their clinic, or any of their professors. Also, none of this is legal advice, because they’re not lawyers yet. If you need help with an immigration matter, please consult a professional immigration attorney.