Love Beyond Borders is a podcast dedicated to sharing the real life stories of families affected by the complex US immigration system. Each week I'll bring you a guest or a thought to help you reflect on this highly politicized topic. We'll also discuss related topics such as multicultural marriage, language barriers, culture shock, adjusting to life in a new country and more! I don't have all of the answers, but I hope this podcast will serve to inform and inspire you and me both. Whether you're going through a complex immigration process yourself (K1 visa, I130, I601 waiver, I601a waiver, etc.) or you're simply here out of curiosity - welcome! I'm so glad you're here!
We made it to episode 25! In this episode, we reflect on the past 6 months of the Love Beyond Borders Podcast. Normally this would call for a celebration, but we are in uncertain times with COVID-19 turning our world upside down. Tune in to hear how the Coronavirus is affecting immigration in the US and to find out what's in store for the Love Beyond Borders Podcast.
Queren - Growing Up Undocumented in the US
Queren left her home in Mexico and moved with her mom, dad and brother to the United States at a young age. She didn't realize the full gravity of her status in the US until she was a bit older and started to see some of the consequences. She went through some very dark times, like when her father and brother were detained at the border and deported, and when she was unable to attend her father's funeral in Mexico.
Queren is now a US Citizen, but she's still dealing with the psychological effects of spending so many years living in fear due to her status. Tune in to this episode to hear Queren tell her powerful story.
*Check out Queren's Instagram: @querenking
Patty - Detained, Deported & Denied
Patty and her family have been through a lot. Her husband Joel was detained and held for two months in ICE custody before being deported to his native country, El Salvador. Together Patty and Joel have two small children who are now missing their father. Listen in to this episode to hear Patty explain what it was like to see her husband detained right in front of her, to learn what it was like for Joel in the detention center and to hear her talk about the devastating effects family separation has had on her family.
Lia - Culture, Language & Vulnerability: How They Affect Our Relationships
Lia is an interculturalist. She researches the role culture plays in communication, leadership, psychology, learning and change. In this interview, she shares fascinating research with us that can help you better understand how culture, language and vulnerability can affect your intercultural relationships.
*Check out Lia's Instagram: @globalbonez
Kate & Val - Finances for Multicultural Couples
Kate and Val are dedicated to teaching multicultural couples how to manage their money in order to build their American or Canadian dream. Finances can be a very complicated topic for any couple, but maybe even more so for multicultural couples. Countries and cultures around the world view money differently, so it's no wonder it can become a stressor in relationships.
In this episode, you'll hear some great advice from Kate and Val about having a common vision as a couple, creating short and long term financial goals, how to responsibly help family abroad, what to do with feelings of guilt around money, and introducing finances to your children.
This interview is jam-packed with helpful information you won't want to miss, so be sure to tune in!
*Visit their website: www.kateandvalfavstov.com
*Check out their Instagram: @kateandval
*Youtube: Kate and Val Favstov
Sadhana - DACA: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
Sadhana grew up knowing she was undocumented. She moved to the US with her family from Guyana at the age of thirteen. Her status kept her from accomplishing many of her goals, like getting her driver's license and going to college, but that all changed when DACA was introduced. DACA opened up doors for Sadhana but it wasn't a permanent solution. Especially after the 2016 election and the threat to end DACA from the new administration. Tune in to find out the brave decision Sadhana and her husband made to free themselves from the weight of living undocumented in the United States. I hope this conversation will shed light on a topic that is often in the news but still misunderstood by many.
*Listen to the Above Status Podcast
*Check out Above Status on Instagram: @abovestatus
*Check out Sadhana's Instagram: @mysinghlove
Customer ReviewsSee All
Compassionate, helpful, informative
I happened to find this podcast while in the beginning stages of the K1 visa journey, and it really helped me through the lonely and frustrating process. I went from feeling like this was a crazy experience that no one around me could truly understand to hearing so many stories with which I could relate! These stories are all so inspiring and some are filled with huge heartbreak. They both filled me with hope and also make me grateful for my own journey, as it is turning out to be relatively smooth compared to what some other couples and families face. This podcast also helped me learn more about immigration law. Definitely recommend!
So many perspectives!
I have enjoyed listening to this podcast. Kelli has clearly made an effort to amplify many different voices. Her story starts it off, but from there she does a wonderful job collaborating with other people living the immigration experience. It seems like a real community is forming thanks to her hard work, talent and openness.
This is easily the best podcast I've ever listened to that highlights how immigrating law impacts families. The stories are incredible.