Sounds Like Hate is an audio documentary series about the dangers and peril of everyday people who engage in extremism, and ways to disengage them from a life of hatred.
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Glenn Harvey
Season 3Episode 5

The Unwelcome

In “The Unwelcome,” we’re on the southern border in Arizona, where armed militia groups stalk migrants traversing harsh desert conditions.

The Unwelcome: Part I

November 30, 2021

In Part I of “The Unwelcome,” we’re on the southern border in Arizona, where armed militia groups stalk migrants traversing harsh desert conditions. In some cases, militia members arm themselves with guns, scopes and motion activated video cameras seek to capture migrants and destroy their water sources, putting migrants’ lives at an even steeper risk. These militias have even harassed humanitarian organizations who help migrants, claiming their activities are patriotic. Despite decades of Civil Rights triumphs, migrants seeking refuge in the U.S. are subjected to torment by these militias without the same protections under the law that U.S. citizens are afforded. 

Warning: This account contains graphic descriptions that may trigger some listeners. Discretion is advised.

Read the full transcript here.

The Unwelcome: Part II

December 7, 2021

Part II of “The Unwelcome” centers on the small town of Arivaca, Arizona, just 11 miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border. Arivaca stands out because community members have taken a decidedly pro-migrant stand: They fought the establishment of an immigration checkpoint in their town and banned anti-migrant militia members from their popular bar and restaurant. But despite these efforts, armed militia groups continue to operate nearby – and more anti-migrant residents are moving in. Meanwhile, migrants are crossing the border in record numbers, around 1.5 million so far this year. In this Sounds Like Hate Season 3 finale, you’ll meet the Arivaca residents fighting to preserve their community’s commitment to embracing inclusivity in a shifting and politically polarized world. 

Warning: This account contains graphic descriptions that may trigger some listeners. Discretion is advised.

Read the full transcript here.

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