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Tahmina Talks Immigration is a talk show all about US immigration laws. Hosted by Tahmina Watson, founder of Watson Immigration Law, a Seattle-based law firm with immigration attorneys practicing exclusively in the area of United States Immigration and Naturalization law. Tahmira, a passionate immigration lawyer and immigration reform advocate, interviews ‘notable immigrants’ and ‘key professionals making an impact on immigration. Guests to date include Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson, FWD.us President Todd Schulte and various state and local politicians as well.

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Tahmina Talks Immigration is a talk show all about US immigration laws. Hosted by Tahmina Watson, founder of Watson Immigration Law, a Seattle-based law firm with immigration attorneys practicing exclusively in the area of United States Immigration and Naturalization law. Tahmira, a passionate immigration lawyer and immigration reform advocate, interviews ‘notable immigrants’ and ‘key professionals making an impact on immigration. Guests to date include Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson, FWD.us President Todd Schulte and various state and local politicians as well.

    Show #97: Martine Kalaw, A Survivor of the Immigration Court System

    Show #97: Martine Kalaw, A Survivor of the Immigration Court System

    In this episode, Tahmina Talks immigration with Martine Kalaw- a survivor of our immigration system. We discuss her first hand experience of going through the immigration court process that lasted for years. She is a beautiful, smart and articulate advocate for the injustice that is the convoluted system in which today's crisis is seeing children in court without representation.

    Martine is an author, speaker and survivor of current immigration laws and reform. Her debut memoir, “Illegal Among Us" recounts her journey through a 7- year deportation battle with no family or country, to success as a senior level executive with an advanced degree, a father she thought dead, and finally her long-sought U.S. citizenship. Martine has written for publications like the Huffington Post, is a Tedx speaker and has appeared on syndicated networks like C-span.

    You can learn more about her and buy her book at https://www.martinekalaw.com/biography.

    Here is a link to the chart we discussed on the show: https://www.martinekalaw.com/?lightbox=dataItem-jwtm715q

    And here is a link to the King County Bar Association article in which WIDEN, the non-profit Tahmina helped found, is mentioned. https://www.kcba.org/For-Lawyers/Bar-Bulletin/PostId/916/how-can-we-help-with-the-immigration-detention-crisis

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    Episode 96: Noah Purcell, WA Solicitor General, travel ban and more

    Episode 96: Noah Purcell, WA Solicitor General, travel ban and more

    On our latest episode, we chat with Noah Purcell, Washington state Solicitor General. He argued the very first travel ban case and won a stay against the executive order. We chat about the travel ban and some of the other immigration cases Noah and the WA Attorney General's office has been fighting in the last couple of years. The impact of his work is truly profound!

    Noah is exploring the option to run for WA Attorney General in the future. You can learn more here- https://purcellforthepeople.com/.

    Here is a link to his bio: https://purcellforthepeople.com/about.html
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    #92- Sincerely America, a play telling immigrant stories

    #92- Sincerely America, a play telling immigrant stories

    In this episode, Tahmina Talks Immigration with the Producer Chevi Chung and Director Ellen peters as well as one of the actors Nicole Lockett (who is also Senior Paralegal and Office Manager at Watson Immigration Law) of a play called Sincerely America. If in Washington State, we hope you will watch the play! Tickets can be purchased at www.sincerelyamerica.bpt.me. Listen to this podcast to learn more!

    Sincerely, America is inspired by the immigrant experience in an effort to create empathy and understanding for each other by reaching into the past to see the history of our community. The first play of the production, American Dreams, a play by Linda Britt and directed by Ellen Peters, focuses on the immigrant experience in the U.S., an experience which varies widely depending on country of origin, race, religion, age, and location allowing the characters to focus on the aspect of their story that is most meaningful to them. The second play of the production, The Art of Remembering, a play by Adina L. Ruskin and directed by Chevi Chung, shows three actors embodying different facets of a young woman who returns home to bury her father. While there, she cleans out her closet and with each object she discovers, she touches on the stories of her ancestors that are as diverse as a feisty Polish-Jewish émigré taking America by storm, an Argentine who stands against his country's repression, and a woman who witnesses the fall of the Berlin Wall. Together, Sincerely, America reminds us of the beauty of life and the importance of our past.

    Director Ellen Peters has earned a B.A. in theatre and psychology from Bates College in Maine and an Ed.M. in Administration, Planning and Social Policy from Harvard University. She has also studied improvisational comedy. Ellen has performed on stage and screen with professional and community productions and has directed and taught at community theatres in Maine and in Washington, D.C., all prior to her move to Tacoma in 2011. While in Maine, she served on the LA Arts Board and the Lewiston Auburn Public Theatre (AEA) Board. As Chair of the Education Committee, Ellen spearheaded a school liaison program, which engaged a more diverse audience. Since moving to Washington state, Ellen has served on the Board of Tacoma Little Theatre and acted and/or directed with Tacoma Little Theatre, Dukesbay Productions, Toy Boat Theatre, and Found Space Productions. She has become increasingly interested in the impact of theatre on the audience and the larger community and focuses her interests on scripts which prompt discussion and educate and challenge. Ellen is delighted to be a part of the Tacoma arts community and is an administrator at the University of Puget Sound.

    Producer Chevy Chung: Chevi Chung is the visionary behind Empathos Company and a theatre artist currently based in Tacoma. She has worked in London, Los Angeles, and Seattle. She holds an MA in Acting from the Guildford School of Acting, pursued her undergraduate theatre studies at the University of La Verne, and earned a BA in Organizational Leadership from Brandman University. Chevi is energized by stories about People of Color, women, and history.

    Actor Nicole Lockett: Nicole is the Senior Paralegal and Office Manager of Watson Immigration Law. She received her Associate of Applied Sciences in Paralegal Studies from Highline Community College in 2010. She holds an Associate of Arts degree with an emphasis on Performance Arts, English, and Anthropology from Green River Community College, where she graduated with honors and as a member of Phi Theta Kappa. Among her many talents, she has a passion for the arts and animals! She is an enthusiastic and avid actor who performs regularly at local community theatres. Multi-talented Nicole is additionally a semi-professional choreographer in the Puget Sound Area

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    Post-Graduation Visa Advice for International Students

    Post-Graduation Visa Advice for International Students

    Are you an international student hoping to take your next career steps here in the US after graduation? Tahmina answers live questions about OPT, H-1Bs and the latest changes to US immigration and visa policy.

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    Cohosted by Alex Stonehill from the Seattle Globalist- No RFE Memo

    Cohosted by Alex Stonehill from the Seattle Globalist- No RFE Memo

    In this episode of our new series co-hosted by Seattle Globalist co-founder Alex Stonehill, Alex and Tahmina discuss a new USCIS memo which creates a policy to deny cases without requesting new evidence. This drastic new policy will have a severe effect on individuals and businesses alike. The new memo took effect on 9/11/18. Below is a link to the memo and watch out for our column in The Seattle Globalist following this podcast!

    Here is a link to the memo: https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/uscis-updates-policy-guidance-certain-requests-evidence-and-notices-intent-deny

    • 22 min
    Alex Stonehill and Tahmina Join Forces for News Updates!

    Alex Stonehill and Tahmina Join Forces for News Updates!

    We're reversing roles for a new series of podcasts! Alex Stonehill, co-founder of The Seattle Globalist, a guest on our show before, will be hosting the series! Alex will interview Tahmina to talk immigration news updates! Immigration policies are changing fast and furiously with devastating consequences.

    In this first of the series, published on August 21, 2018, Alex and Tahmina discuss new drastic policy changes regarding student visas in the US. If you or anyone you know is an international student in the US, this is an unmissable show. New changes go into effect on August 9th, 2018. Please listen and share! Thanks for listening!

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