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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.

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., where she realized her passion for military service. She and Ali spoke about her journey to the U.S., and what it was like for her to become a citizen.


Ali also speaks to Laura Bingham of the Open Society Justice Initiative about their new report, Unmaking Americans: Insecure Citizenship in the United States, which looks at the threats currently facing the longstanding protections of U.S. Citizenship.