Immigration lawyer Stephen Robbins dials in for a wide ranging chat about life in Yakima — currently the unexpected epicenter (or in Governor Inslee’s words, “Eh-pee-center”) of Coronavirus in Washington State.
We cover the demographic and political environment in the county and how pre-existing sanitation and other abysmal conditions in the agricultural industry might be contributing to a public health crisis in a place where half the population sees not wearing masks as a patriotic statement and the other half works in an industry that is 50%-70% undocumented and lives very close to the edge in the best of times.
So yeah, it gets a little dark in this ep, but there’s a labor fight that’s actually going kinda well, so it ends on a hopeful note!
- “DACA Survives” latest episode of Stephen’s great immigration law podcast
- Robbins on Twitter
- Spokesman story about Luis Cortes Romero, the U of Idaho Law grad who just saved DACA
- Episode image of backbreaking Yakima farm labor courtesy of the Library of Congress
- None because I’m perfect.