Out of the Shadows

Out of the Shadows

Out of the Shadows is a podcast about America's tangled history of immigration hosted by award-winning New York Times writer Erick Galindo and entrepreneur and best-selling author Patty Rodriguez. Season 2: Dreamers Last season, we tackled Ronald Regan’s 1986 amnesty act, Season 2 will trace the origins of DACA or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, a contentious executive order to protect undocumented young people from being deported. Issued by former President Barack Obama in 2012, DACA was meant to be a temporary stop gap on a broken immigration system. Welcome to Season 2 of Out of the Shadows - Dreamers. Season 1: Children of 86 Immigrants and their children have long lived in the shadows of America, their destinies aren't just shaped by where they come from but by their particular place in history. In 1986, the lives of millions of immigrants and their children were changed by one lucky stroke of a pen by an unlikely ally, President Ronald Reagan. This podcast will examine the ripple effects the bill had on first-generation kids of immigrants who are navigating intergenerational mobility and transforming the cultural landscape. This is an untold story of luck, timing, triumph, opportunity, survival, and of course, hope.

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April 12, 2022 2 mins

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Hosts Patty Rodriguez and Erick Galindo reflect on their lives as children of immigrants. They realize that a pivotal moment in their parents and their lives was in fact the signing of IRCA in 1986. That moment defined our generation.

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April 28, 2022 30 mins

Hosts Patty Rodriguez and Erick Galindo's families were just some of the millions who migrated to the United States during the great migration, a period of circular movement across the border fueled by the Bracero program and shaped by America's wars.

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The bill that would be IRCA is proposed by a priest but the bill dies almost immediately setting up a battle between a no-nonsense senator named Alan Simpson and most of Congress. Meanwhile, ICE-style raids haunt immigrant communities. 

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May 12, 2022 38 mins

On the eve of IRCA's historic signing, "President Ronald Reagan" reflects on his legacy.

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May 19, 2022 32 mins

A 10-year-old girl pens a letter to the president pleading for amnesty.

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May 26, 2022 32 mins

Now that IRCA is the law of the land, immigrants scramble to prove they qualify for amnesty.

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June 2, 2022 40 mins

Central American refugees paid the price for Reagan's Latin American proxy wars.

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June 9, 2022 31 mins

Three million immigrants and their children come out of the shadows and start to build their own America.

ADVISORY - This episode contains stories and language about assault that can be traumatic or uncomfortable for some people. 

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The children of 86 face new challenges in a post-IRCA world. A look at how immigration status and assimilation impact our mental health. 

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June 23, 2022 50 mins

The legacy of IRCA is complex but is it worth trying to do it again? Hosts Patty Rodriguez and Erick Galindo search for answers with special guest US Senator Alex Padilla. 

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Out of the Shadows is a podcast about America’s tangled history of immigration. Last season, we tackled Ronald Regan’s 1986 amnesty act, season 2 will trace the origins of DACA or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, a contentious executive order to protect undocumented young people from being deported. Issued by former President Barack Obama in 2012, DACA was meant to be a temporary stop gap on a broken immigration system. Host...

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August 31, 2023 27 mins

Hosts Patty Rodriguez and Erick Galindo return for an all-new season of the iHeart podcast, Out of the Shadows, this time to tell the story of the Dreamer Movement and the origins of DACA or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.

On the first episode of the season, they explore the many influences that led to former President Barack Obama's executive order. One theory dates back to the 70s and a guy named John Lennon.
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September 7, 2023 26 mins

Between 2006 and 2007, millions of people took to the streets to fight for immigration reform. The protests reached a climax on May 1st, 2006. The day would later be nicknamed, A Day Without An Immigrant. Did La Gran Marcha influence the Dreamer Movement?

On this episode, Patty and Erick tackle whether the marches of '06 and '07 impacted how a group of undocumented students took on the government and won. 

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September 14, 2023 24 mins

On June 15th, 2012 former President Barack Obama shocked the country when he walked onto the White House lawn and announced the executive order DACA or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. But who made it happen?

On this episode of Out of the Shadows: Dreamers, Patty and Erick explore how behind the scenes a group of undocumented students turned activists pushed President Obama and his administration to pass DACA.

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September 21, 2023 27 mins

With a quick stroke of a pen President Barack Obama created DACA - but the application process wasn't easy. And it didn’t include everyone. That created a lot of issues for the Dreamers. Like what happens to families who had members that met the criteria but others who didn’t? And were some Dreamers' parents targeted by ICE for their activism?

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September 28, 2023 28 mins

After months of planning and years of organizing, a daring group of undocumented organizers embark on their biggest and most dangerous demonstration yet. The mission: bring home six Dreamers who were now living in Mexico and could not benefit from DACA.

This is the story of the Dream Nine... told by them. 

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October 5, 2023 23 mins

DACA only extended protection to a little under a million people, leaving out millions for reasons of age, felony status or just plain bad luck. After the Obama administration kept hearing concerns about all those people that were left out of the program, President Barack Obama is being pressured to do something especially for the parents of the Dreamers.

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October 12, 2023 26 mins

Luis Cortes Romero became a lawyer thanks to DACA but can he save the very program that granted him his work permit from President Donald Trump? A Supreme Court battle wages on to save Dreamers from deportation. 

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October 19, 2023 25 mins

DACA’s survival is a big deal for people who make your street food like tacos, but it's also good for the American economy. Whether it’s taqueros or nurses, teachers, first responders, lawyers and so many others, DACA recipients contribute hundreds of billions of dollars to our economy. So yeah, this episode isn’t just about tacos. It’s about the money, baby. 

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