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What really drives the immigration debate? It’s people, not politics.

Join us for “Only in America” podcast, 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.

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What really drives the immigration debate? It’s people, not politics.

Join us for “Only in America” podcast, 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.

    The Myth of the Immigrant Burden: Raman Dhillon

    The Myth of the Immigrant Burden: Raman Dhillon

    We begin our series, “The Myth of the Immigrant Burden,” by learning about the contributions of immigrants in the trucking industry through the lens of the growth of California's Punjabi trucking community.

    Ali talks with Raman Dhillon, head of the North American Punjabi Trucking Association about how the trucking industry is changing and how Punjabi immigrants are stemming its labor shortage.

    • 22 min
    Trailer: The Myth of the Immigrant Burden

    Trailer: The Myth of the Immigrant Burden

    Americans often wonder: Are immigrants givers or takers to our communities? When you take a deeper dive, it’s clear that immigrants are contributing. They’re starting businesses, creating jobs, paying taxes, and revitalizing entire towns.

    “Only in America” is taking a closer look at some of these immigrants' stories, whether they’re innovators, entrepreneurs or people who work in areas viewed as lower-skilled. We’ll see that these “givers” are highly representative of the broader immigran

    • 3 min
    Between a Wall and a Hard Place: Ambassador Martha Bárcena Coqui

    Between a Wall and a Hard Place: Ambassador Martha Bárcena Coqui

    We wrap up our border series, Between a Wall and a Hard Place, by taking a step back and looking at the region as a whole. Ali talks to Mexican Ambassador to the U.S. Martha Bárcena Coqui about practical solutions to meet border challenges and what an ideal future for the U.S.-Mexico border would look like.

    Americans often think we’re stuck between choosing an open-borders or a closed-off approach, but ultimately we’ll see how that’s a false choice.

    • 31 min
    Between a Wall and a Hard Place: Migrant Protection Protocols

    Between a Wall and a Hard Place: Migrant Protection Protocols

    This time, we look at the chaos migrants face when they arrive in the U.S. New border policies like Migrant Protection Protocols are creating more disorder rather than deterring people from seeking safety here.

    Ali hears from Aaron Reichlin-Melnick, policy counsel at the American Immigration Council, and Christian Penichet-Paul, policy and advocacy manager at the National Immigration Forum, about the immediate risks migrants face as a result of the policy and what a more effective system could look like.

    • 30 min
    Between a Wall and a Hard Place: Sami DiPasquale

    Between a Wall and a Hard Place: Sami DiPasquale

    We continue our series, Between a Wall and a Hard Place, by hearing about migrant shelters in the border region, how the faith community is helping, and the challenges they face in doing so.

    Ali talks to Sami DiPasquale, a faith leader in El Paso, Texas, who leads two organizations that help recent immigrants: Ciudad Nueva Community Outreach and Abara.

    • 26 min
    Between a Wall and a Hard Place: Jason De León

    Between a Wall and a Hard Place: Jason De León

    For the first episode of our new border series, Ali talks to Jason De León, a MacArthur Genius Fellow and author of The Land of Open Graves. Through in-depth anthropological study of crossings through the Sonoran desert, Jason has explored how deterrence has failed to turn away border-crossers for two decades.

    Jason tells Ali about the journeys of people who unsuccessfully made dozens of attempts to cross the border — and the objects and bodies left behind.

    • 32 min

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