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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.

    Growing a Better System: Fred Strathmeyer Jr.

    Growing a Better System: Fred Strathmeyer Jr.

    In the second episode of our series focused on the agriculture industry, we hear about the challenges that U.S. farms face due to a lack of workers.

    Ali talks to Fred Strathmeyer Jr., the Pennsylvania Deputy Secretary for Plant Industry and Consumer Protection. Fred talks about his department’s commitment to a sustainable and safe food supply and its connection to immigration.

    • 26 min
    Growing a Better System: Judy Fisk Lucas

    Growing a Better System: Judy Fisk Lucas

    In the first episode of our series focused on the agriculture industry, we hear about the often-invisible challenges that fieldworkers face.

    Ali talks to Judy Fisk Lucas, the founder and president of Friends of Fieldworkers, a non-profit providing support to immigrant fieldworkers in the major agricultural region of Ventura County, California. Judy and her husband Ted talk about working with farmworkers and the needs they and their families have.

    • 28 min
    Trailer: Growing a Better System

    Trailer: Growing a Better System

    U.S. farms feed millions of Americans, and they need roughly 2 million employees per year to do so. But we’re not meeting that need, and we’re seeing crops going unpicked and dying in fields. Our farms don’t have enough workers — and there aren’t adequate immigration pathways to allow more workers to do those jobs.

    Throughout this series, we’ll hear about the experiences of growers, farmworkers and more about the challenges they face — and ways to create the stability and opportunities they

    • 3 min
    The Myth of the Immigrant Burden: Ai-jen Poo

    The Myth of the Immigrant Burden: Ai-jen Poo

    We finish our series by discussing immigrant contributions to less visible industries, which are highly important but often the least valued. Domestic work — including caretaking, housekeeping and nannying — will continue to be key as our nation ages. It’s long been undervalued, and workers are even more at risk if their immigration status is uncertain.

    Ali talks to Ai-jen Poo, executive director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, about recognizing the importance and dignity of domestic wor

    • 29 min
    The Myth of the Immigrant Burden: Alejandro Flores-Muñoz

    The Myth of the Immigrant Burden: Alejandro Flores-Muñoz

    Alejandro Flores-Muñoz is an entrepreneur and DACA recipient based in Denver. He started three businesses: Unum Sunglasses, Progressive Button, and, most recently, Stokes Poke. In addition to running his own businesses, he mentors, educates and empowers other DACA recipient and marginalized business owners.

    Alejandro talks to Ali about the companies he runs and how he’s helping other DACA recipients and marginalized business owners start and grow their own businesses.

    • 23 min
    The Myth of the Immigrant Burden: Nafy Flatley

    The Myth of the Immigrant Burden: Nafy Flatley

    This week, Ali speaks to Nafy Flatley, a Senegal-born chef and entrepreneur who founded the food and beverage company Teranga.

    In a conversation at San Francisco’s La Cocina, Ali spoke to Nafy about her journey to the U.S., the challenges of starting a business,  and how her idea of the American Dream has evolved.

    La Cocina is a test kitchen that supports immigrant and women food entrepreneurs formalize and grow their business. This year, La Cocina plans to open the nation’s first women-led food

    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

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!

Gabeg77 ,

Good breadth and depth

I like this podcast because it is both topical and deep. This is a hard subject.Noorani clearly has a point of view, but he is also balanced and thoughtful. Good listening

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