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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.

Only in America with Ali Noorani Ali Noorani

    • Philosophy
    • 4.8 • 32 Ratings

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.

    The First 100: Mark Hetfield

    The First 100: Mark Hetfield

    This week, Ali talks to Mark Hetfield, President and CEO of HIAS, about what a Biden administration means for refugee resettlement. HIAS is one of nine primarily faith-based organizations partnering with the federal government to help resettle refugees.

    Mark & Ali spoke about the obstacles refugees face on the road to resettlement, the policy decisions facing the Biden administration, and what a modernized refugee program could look like.

    • 30 min
    Trailer: The First 100

    Trailer: The First 100

    We’re hitting the ground running in 2021 and for season 4 of Only in America, with a series focused on what President-elect Biden’s first 100 days mean for the 117th Congress and what our immigration system could look like.

    We’ll start by seeing what the Biden administration can do during its early days — and then shift to what the implications are in Congress for longer-term, bipartisan solutions for reform on key issues like DACA, border security and more. 

    • 2 min
    Immigrant Youth: Irena Abdelalem Abdelmaksoud

    Immigrant Youth: Irena Abdelalem Abdelmaksoud

    In our final episode of the season, we get a glimpse of the challenges migrant youth face in other parts of the world.

    Ali talks with Irena Abdelalem Abdelmaksoud, a protection officer who specializes in working with unaccompanied children at Info Park, a grassroots NGO in Belgrade, Serbia, that has been assisting refugees in the area since 2015. They provide aid and other services for refugees across Belgrade, a major transit hub for refugees making the arduous journey to the European Union.

    • 33 min
    Immigrant Youth: Mental Health with Luna Greenstein

    Immigrant Youth: Mental Health with Luna Greenstein

    This week we dive into the importance of mental health care in the U.S. — in particular for immigrant youth.
    Ali talks with Luna Greenstein, a senior content manager at the National Alliance on Mental Illness, about personal stories of immigrants’ mental health experiences, and how by understanding these stories, we can get a sense of the mental health challenges that young immigrants may face more often than their peers.

    • 27 min
    Immigrant Youth: Molly Baldwin and Victoria Ramirez-Morales

    Immigrant Youth: Molly Baldwin and Victoria Ramirez-Morales

    Ali talks to two people who have years of experience creating a safer environment for young immigrants to address their trauma and heal. Their work focuses on disrupting cycles of poverty and helping them build skills and access resources to build a better life.

    Molly Baldwin is the founder and CEO of Roca in Chelsea, Massachusetts. Victoria Ramirez-Morales leads Roca’s Central American Youth Initiative.

    • 33 min
    Trailer: Immigrant Youth

    Trailer: Immigrant Youth

    For the last few episodes of season three, we’re taking a look forward. Specifically, to the young immigrants who are shaping our nation’s future.

    We’ll hear about immigrant youth experiences and the unique challenges they face across a variety of backgrounds, including growing up as a first-generation immigrant, addressing trauma and violence prevention, and navigating higher education. 

    • 3 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
32 Ratings

32 Ratings

damarisruiz ,

One of my favorites

A beautiful and inspiring look into what truly makes America great

LoveBeyondBordersPodcast ,

Thoughtful, interesting, relevant

I love this podcast! Immigration is such a complex issue and there is so much more to it than what we see in the headlines. I really enjoy listening to the real life stories of people who have been impacted by immigration in one way or another. This podcast offers perspective, depth and insight on this important topic. Ali Noorani is a great host!

Katie Joy B. ,

Illuminating Immigration

Ali, along with his passionate and knowledgeable guests, are changing the way we think about immigration. The "laws and grace" approach is pure gold and something every human being should embrace. Their thoughtful discussion and endearing stories had me hooked from the very first listen. Thanks for putting out such a wonderful show Ali - keep up the great work!

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