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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.

Only in America with Ali Noorani Ali Noorani

    • Philosophy

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.

    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
    Trailer: Between a Wall and a Hard Place

    Trailer: Between a Wall and a Hard Place

    “Only in America” is taking a journey across the U.S.-Mexico border to see what attempting to enter the U.S. is like, what happens when migrants arrive, and how current border policies only create more disorder for migrants and Americans.

    We’ll hear from guests about the human consequences of disorderly policies, the chaos it’s creating on both sides of the border as asylum-seekers wait in Mexico, and what an ideal future for the U.S.-Mexico border could look like.

    • 3 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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