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

Join us for the “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.

Jun 26, 2019

This week, on the 150th anniversary of the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad, Ali remembers the sacrifice of thousands of immigrant laborers from China through the work of a California artist.

Jason Ma created the musical "Gold Mountain" based on the lives of those who struggled to complete the project, which...

Jun 19, 2019



This week, Ali goes back to school, and joins an English language class of immigrant Whole Foods employees. It's part of the National Immigration Forum's program "Skills and Opportunity for the New American Workforce."  As Ali discovered, it's not simply enabling them to better engage with the customers –...

Jun 12, 2019

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This week we meet Daniel Garza, who started life picking crops with his Mexican American family, and rose to be a senior advisor in the George W. Bush Administration. Now he's a leading advocate for Hispanic immigrants. He leads the Libre Initiative, a grassroots non-profit which works to empower the Hispanic...

Jun 5, 2019

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This week, Ali talks to Pati Jinich, host of the popular James Beard Award-winning and Emmy-nominated PBS series Pati's Mexican Table.

Pati taught Ali how to prepare nopales, or cactus paddles, as the two discussed Pati’s love for food, her family’s history of migration, and the dish she’d serve lawmakers to...