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

Join us for “Only in America with Ali Noorani” 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.

Oct 9, 2019


Oscar Cásares is the author of Brownsville, Amigoland and the new novel Where We Come From. He teaches creative writing at the University of Texas at Austin.

Originally from the border town of Brownsville, Texas, Oscar grew up surrounded by stories of life on the border. He and Ali spoke about what led him to become...

Oct 2, 2019

Ali talks to author and comedian Maeve Higgins, who is host of the podcast “Maeve in America: Immigration IRL.” Maeve brings listeners “funny, beautiful and sometimes maddening immigration stories, told by the people who’ve lived them.”

An Irish immigrant herself, Maeve hopes to show native-born Americans how...

Sep 25, 2019

Ali chats with Mike Masserman, Head of Global Policy and Social Impact at Lyft, about the ways the ride-sharing company supports their immigrant drivers by helping them improve their English skills.

Plus, Ali hears from Fatimo Akinlade, a Lyft driver who moved to Chicago after facing hardship in Nigeria. She talks about...

Sep 18, 2019


For this week’s Citizenship Day episode, Ali speaks with Valdeta Mehanja, a MAVNI program recruit and Army Black Hawk pilot-in-training who is currently serving in the Alabama National Guard. Originally from Kosovo, Val spent time in German refugee camps before working as a military contractor for the U.S.,...

Sep 11, 2019

Sheriff Peter Koutoujian of Middlesex County, Massachusetts, is dedicated to building trust with all residents of the incredibly large and diverse county. As a former state representative and a leader in state and national law enforcement associations, his position as an elected official gives him a unique platform...