Tune in today at 5:00pm EDT to Honesty Without Fear on Progressive Radio Network.
In the first half hour, Richard Renner interviews Arizona attorney Vikram Badrinath about his recent amicus brief to the Board of Immigration Appeals. Writing on behalf of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), Badrinath argues that whistleblowers should be eligible for political asylum on the basis of their membership in a particular "social group," even though their membership might not be visible to strangers. He also argues that the same "social group" basis for asylum should apply to people of minority sexual orientations, to women who oppose female genital mutilation, and to those who have testified against gangs. The case arises from an asylum application by Mauricio Valdiviezo-Galdamez, a Honduran who fled after testifying against the MS-13 gang.
In the second half hour, Jane Turner interviews a retired New Jersey State Police trooper, Detective Sgt. 1st Class Brian Royster, who was retaliated against after complaining the division failed to appropriately investigate claims such as racial discrimination and sexual harassment. Royster was recently awarded $1.06 million for emotional distress, lost pension and back pay.
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