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Only in America with Ali Noorani

Ali Noorani

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Only in America with Ali Noorani

Only in America with Ali Noorani

Ali Noorani

30
Followers
20
Plays
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What really drives the immigration debate? It’s people, not politics.Join us for “Only in America” from the National Immigration Forum to hear how Americans from all walks of life and from across the political spectrum are experiencing changes in their communities as a result of immigration.Faith leaders, law enforcement officials, business owners and others speak openly about the way culture, identity and values are shaping and defining our country, and they offer a constructive way forward in the immigration debate.

Latest Episodes

Trailer: Vote of Conscience (Plus Bonus Content)

Catch this preview of our upcoming series on civic engagement and how immigrants and immigration impact the 2020 election. Plus, stick around for a segment from another great podcast, “A Better Life?” from Feet in 2 Worlds, winner of multiple awards for journalism about and by immigrants. This clip features a conversation with a couple in Miami recalling their journey from Haiti to Florida in the late 1960s.

16 min5 d ago
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Trailer: Vote of Conscience (Plus Bonus Content)

Racial Justice and Immigration: Tina Vasquez

Reporter Tina Vasquez tells Ali about her work as a movement journalist and her work building trust within the communities she reports on, including the Black immigrant community. Tina is a senior reporter at Prism — a BIPOC-focused media outlet whose news team is 100% led by women of color — where she leads coverage of both gender justice and workers' rights.

31 min1 w ago
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Racial Justice and Immigration: Tina Vasquez

Racial Justice and Immigration: Abdi Nor Iftin

This week Ali talks to Abdi Nor Iftin, bestselling author of “Call Me American: A Memoir.” Originally from Somalia, Abdi left the dangers of his home country only to be confronted with the harsh realities of racism in the U.S. Abdi spoke to Ali about improving the visibility and accessibility of Black immigrant stories, and his advice to non-Black folks who want to be better advocates for their Black and immigrant neighbors.

32 min2 w ago
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Racial Justice and Immigration: Abdi Nor Iftin

Racial Justice and Immigration: Alan Cross

This week, Ali talks to Alan Cross, lead pastor at the Petaluma Valley Baptist Church in northern California and author of “When Heaven and Earth Collide: Racism, Southern Evangelicals, and the Better Way of Jesus.” Raised in Mississippi, Alan has preached in churches across the South. Alan and Ali spoke about the complicated history of the region, how his faith led him to immigration advocacy, and the role of Christians in fighting for justice.

28 min3 w ago
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Racial Justice and Immigration: Alan Cross

Racial Justice and Immigration: Karla McKanders

This week, Ali talks to Professor Karla McKanders, who directs the Immigration Practice Clinic at Vanderbilt Law School. She also teaches refugee and immigration law. She has written about the intersection of immigration and Blackness, and is releasing a children’s book on the issue soon. Professor McKanders and Ali spoke about the experiences of Black immigrants at the border, how segregation and policing impact Black and immigrant communities, and the need for nuance in our legal systems.

30 minAUG 27
Comments
Racial Justice and Immigration: Karla McKanders

Trailer: Racial Justice and Immigration

For our next series, we’re taking a critical look at the complex relationship between racial justice and immigration. We’ll hear about how race and immigration intersect and the experiences of Black immigrants, who face the dual challenges of America’s immigration system and systemic racism towards Black communities. And we’ll talk about why, ultimately, immigrant justice cannot be separated from racial justice.

4 minAUG 20
Comments
Trailer: Racial Justice and Immigration

How Did We Get Here?: Ainee Athar

For our last week in our “How Did We Get Here?” series, we’ll see the human impact of flawed policies. Ali talks to Ainee Athar, Immigration Program Manager at the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. Born in Pakistan, Ainee and her family sought protection from religious persecution. But in coming to the U.S., they faced a slew of obstacles over many years: navigating bureaucracy, a rejected asylum application, multiple changes in immigration status, and dealing with immigration enforcement.

33 minAUG 13
Comments
How Did We Get Here?: Ainee Athar

How Did We Get Here?: Becky Tallent

This week, Ali talks to Becky Tallent, former chief of staff to Sen. John McCain and adviser to House Speaker John Boehner, about the push for comprehensive immigration reform in 2007 and 2013. Becky is currently head of U.S. Government Relations at Dropbox and serves as Vice Chair of the Forum’s Board of Directors.

32 minAUG 6
Comments
How Did We Get Here?: Becky Tallent

How Did We Get Here?: Doris Meissner

This week we hear about what happened around immigration in the 1990s, and how that’s affected today’s conversations. Ali talks to Doris Meissner, a former Commissioner of the Immigration and Naturalization Service. She’s currently a Senior Fellow and Director of the U.S. Immigration Policy Program at the Migration Policy Institute.

30 minJUL 30
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How Did We Get Here?: Doris Meissner

How Did We Get Here?: Charles Kamasaki

Following the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965, the next major immigration reform came during the Reagan era of the 1980s, and Charles Kamasaki was a firsthand witness. He’s now a Senior Cabinet Adviser for UnidosUS, and author of Immigration Reform: The Corpse That Will Not Die. Charles told Ali about the hurdles we must overcome to create solutions, the politics of compromise, and how we can bring future reforms across the finish line.

25 minJUL 22
Comments
How Did We Get Here?: Charles Kamasaki

Latest Episodes

Trailer: Vote of Conscience (Plus Bonus Content)

Catch this preview of our upcoming series on civic engagement and how immigrants and immigration impact the 2020 election. Plus, stick around for a segment from another great podcast, “A Better Life?” from Feet in 2 Worlds, winner of multiple awards for journalism about and by immigrants. This clip features a conversation with a couple in Miami recalling their journey from Haiti to Florida in the late 1960s.

16 min5 d ago
Comments
Trailer: Vote of Conscience (Plus Bonus Content)

Racial Justice and Immigration: Tina Vasquez

Reporter Tina Vasquez tells Ali about her work as a movement journalist and her work building trust within the communities she reports on, including the Black immigrant community. Tina is a senior reporter at Prism — a BIPOC-focused media outlet whose news team is 100% led by women of color — where she leads coverage of both gender justice and workers' rights.

31 min1 w ago
Comments
Racial Justice and Immigration: Tina Vasquez

Racial Justice and Immigration: Abdi Nor Iftin

This week Ali talks to Abdi Nor Iftin, bestselling author of “Call Me American: A Memoir.” Originally from Somalia, Abdi left the dangers of his home country only to be confronted with the harsh realities of racism in the U.S. Abdi spoke to Ali about improving the visibility and accessibility of Black immigrant stories, and his advice to non-Black folks who want to be better advocates for their Black and immigrant neighbors.

32 min2 w ago
Comments
Racial Justice and Immigration: Abdi Nor Iftin

Racial Justice and Immigration: Alan Cross

This week, Ali talks to Alan Cross, lead pastor at the Petaluma Valley Baptist Church in northern California and author of “When Heaven and Earth Collide: Racism, Southern Evangelicals, and the Better Way of Jesus.” Raised in Mississippi, Alan has preached in churches across the South. Alan and Ali spoke about the complicated history of the region, how his faith led him to immigration advocacy, and the role of Christians in fighting for justice.

28 min3 w ago
Comments
Racial Justice and Immigration: Alan Cross

Racial Justice and Immigration: Karla McKanders

This week, Ali talks to Professor Karla McKanders, who directs the Immigration Practice Clinic at Vanderbilt Law School. She also teaches refugee and immigration law. She has written about the intersection of immigration and Blackness, and is releasing a children’s book on the issue soon. Professor McKanders and Ali spoke about the experiences of Black immigrants at the border, how segregation and policing impact Black and immigrant communities, and the need for nuance in our legal systems.

30 minAUG 27
Comments
Racial Justice and Immigration: Karla McKanders

Trailer: Racial Justice and Immigration

For our next series, we’re taking a critical look at the complex relationship between racial justice and immigration. We’ll hear about how race and immigration intersect and the experiences of Black immigrants, who face the dual challenges of America’s immigration system and systemic racism towards Black communities. And we’ll talk about why, ultimately, immigrant justice cannot be separated from racial justice.

4 minAUG 20
Comments
Trailer: Racial Justice and Immigration

How Did We Get Here?: Ainee Athar

For our last week in our “How Did We Get Here?” series, we’ll see the human impact of flawed policies. Ali talks to Ainee Athar, Immigration Program Manager at the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. Born in Pakistan, Ainee and her family sought protection from religious persecution. But in coming to the U.S., they faced a slew of obstacles over many years: navigating bureaucracy, a rejected asylum application, multiple changes in immigration status, and dealing with immigration enforcement.

33 minAUG 13
Comments
How Did We Get Here?: Ainee Athar

How Did We Get Here?: Becky Tallent

This week, Ali talks to Becky Tallent, former chief of staff to Sen. John McCain and adviser to House Speaker John Boehner, about the push for comprehensive immigration reform in 2007 and 2013. Becky is currently head of U.S. Government Relations at Dropbox and serves as Vice Chair of the Forum’s Board of Directors.

32 minAUG 6
Comments
How Did We Get Here?: Becky Tallent

How Did We Get Here?: Doris Meissner

This week we hear about what happened around immigration in the 1990s, and how that’s affected today’s conversations. Ali talks to Doris Meissner, a former Commissioner of the Immigration and Naturalization Service. She’s currently a Senior Fellow and Director of the U.S. Immigration Policy Program at the Migration Policy Institute.

30 minJUL 30
Comments
How Did We Get Here?: Doris Meissner

How Did We Get Here?: Charles Kamasaki

Following the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965, the next major immigration reform came during the Reagan era of the 1980s, and Charles Kamasaki was a firsthand witness. He’s now a Senior Cabinet Adviser for UnidosUS, and author of Immigration Reform: The Corpse That Will Not Die. Charles told Ali about the hurdles we must overcome to create solutions, the politics of compromise, and how we can bring future reforms across the finish line.

25 minJUL 22
Comments
How Did We Get Here?: Charles Kamasaki
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