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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.

Feb 27, 2019

José Olivarez is a poet, educator and performer. He co-hosts the podcast “The Poetry Gods” and his debut collection, “Citizen Illegal,” received widespread critical acclaim and was a finalist in the 2019 PEN America Literary Awards. Born in Chicago to Mexican immigrant parents, José was raised with his three...


Feb 20, 2019

of this year’s Academy Awards, writer and critic Monica Castillo sits down with Ali to talk about immigration and movies. In her writings, she has called for more inclusion of immigrant stories in films. She talks to Ali about her cinematic influences, her Cuban roots and Hollywood’s missed opportunity to represent...


Feb 13, 2019

Harvard Professor Mary C. Waters talks with Ali about the progress made by modern-day immigrants in learning English and integrating into U.S. society. Despite the current rhetoric surrounding immigration, Waters says that native-born Americans have a more welcoming attitude toward immigrants, and research shows that...


Feb 6, 2019

The national conversation about our Southern Border doesn’t reflect the reality of border life. In this episode of Only in America, Ali heads to the city of Nogales, Arizona and across the border to Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, to hear the realities of Arizona’s largest international border community. There he...