Good Law | Bad Law #50 - Extreme Vetting and the US Immigration Policy W/ Ilan Rosenberg

Aaron Freiwald, Managing Partner of Freiwald Law and host of the weekly podcast series Good Law | Bad Law, is joined by Ilan Rosenberg.


Ilan is an Attorney in Philadelphia and was the President of HIAS Pennsylvania for the past three years. HIAS or the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society has been around for over 135 years and was founded to help Jewish immigrants adapt to their new country. Ilan and Aaron discuss the Muslim travel bans proposed by President Trump as well as the process of extreme vetting the President proposed for immigrants and refugees coming into our country.


As Ilan explains, the new “extreme vetting” process is actually no different than the process that has been in place since the 1980s. Ilan explains all of the steps and the typical timeline for a person who is trying to seek refuge in the United States.


Aaron and Ilan also discuss some of the history of immigration in the United States from the Irish coming during the Irish famine, Italians migrating here, and Jews who came before and during WWII. This leads us to the current travel ban that restricts entry from certain, mainly war-torn Muslim countries like Syria. What Ilan explains is, by not allowing these people into our country we are condemning them to certain death. It is no different than not allowing Jews into our country during WWII.


Finally, Ilan tells us how immigration and taking in refugees is not and should not be an economics discussion. It is a human rights and morality discussion. We take people in because that’s how we built this country, that’s why America is what it is.


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Host: Aaron Freiwald

Guest: Ilan Rosenberg


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