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What really drives the immigration debate? It’s people, not politics. Join us for “Only in America” from the National Immigration Forum 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 forwa ...
 
The largest gathering of progressive activists and leaders from across the country kicked off with a plan to critically assess the early accomplishments of the progressive movement under the new presidential administration and Congress that progressives have helped bring to power. They also came together with plans for the long haul – for carrying out the great new mission of our lifetimes: mobilizing a democratic majority to make progressive change that can shape America’s Future Now! Atten ...
 
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For the last few episodes of season three, we’re taking a look forward. Specifically, to the young immigrants who are shaping our nation’s future. We’ll hear about immigrant youth experiences and the unique challenges they face across a variety of backgrounds, including growing up as a first-generation immigrant, addressing trauma and violence prev…
 
In lieu of a regular, full episode this week, we hope you’ll join us live for the National Immigration Forum’s annual convening, Leading the Way, Nov. 16-19. Each day from 3-5 p.m. Eastern, we’re bringing together influential voices for critical conversations about immigration and the role of immigration in our nation’s future. Tune in to hear more…
 
For our special post-election episode, Ali talks to Robert P. Jones about the future of American identity, interpreting recent polling trends, and what the numbers reveal about how we can heal and build a path forward. Robert is CEO and Founder of the Public Religion Research Institute, or PRRI. He’s also the author of “White Too Long: The Legacy o…
 
This week, we’re taking a bit of a break from the relentless election news cycle. Ali chats with Nancy Jooyoun Kim, whose debut novel, The Last Story of Mina Lee, has become a New York Times and USA Today Bestseller since being published in September. They discuss immigrant experiences in the U.S. and how telling those stories can bring a powerful …
 
In the final episode of our pre-election deep dive into civic engagement, Ali hears about the experiences of two first-time voters who recently became U.S. citizens through the Forum’s New American Workforce program. Karla Garcia, a Honduran immigrant who works for the D.C. Board of Elections, talks about her father’s experience voting for the firs…
 
Ali sits down with Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon, the executive producers of Little America, an Apple TV anthology series telling the immigrant stories we don’t often hear in American pop culture. They chat about the about the power of storytelling, how to create a sense of connectedness amid division, and what’s missing from conversations on…
 
This week Ali speaks to Bob Worsley, a businessman and former Republican member of the Arizona State Senate. He recently wrote a book called “The Horseshoe Virus” on polarization in politics. An active member of the LDS Church, Bob spoke about how his faith informed his civic engagement — and why advocating for commonsense immigration policies does…
 
This week, we're looking at how marginalized communities are leveraging their collective power this election season – even if they can’t vote themselves. By emphasizing connectedness at a time when it’s needed the most, organizers are finding new ways to engage their communities and advocate for Dreamers and other immigrants. Ali chats with Greisa …
 
This week Ali talks to Adamou Mohamed, an organizer and civic engagement coordinator with Church World Service. He leads their efforts working with refugee leaders on voter registration, education, and turnout. He and Ali spoke about the unique experiences and challenges refugee voters face, and the importance of building engagement across communit…
 
Catch this preview of our upcoming series on civic engagement and how immigrants and immigration impact the 2020 election. Plus, stick around for a segment from another great podcast, “A Better Life?” from Feet in 2 Worlds, winner of multiple awards for journalism about and by immigrants. This clip features a conversation with a couple in Miami rec…
 
Reporter Tina Vasquez tells Ali about her work as a movement journalist and her work building trust within the communities she reports on, including the Black immigrant community. Tina is a senior reporter at Prism — a BIPOC-focused media outlet whose news team is 100% led by women of color — where she leads coverage of both gender justice and work…
 
This week Ali talks to Abdi Nor Iftin, bestselling author of “Call Me American: A Memoir.” Originally from Somalia, Abdi left the dangers of his home country only to be confronted with the harsh realities of racism in the U.S. Abdi spoke to Ali about improving the visibility and accessibility of Black immigrant stories, and his advice to non-Black …
 
This week, Ali talks to Alan Cross, lead pastor at the Petaluma Valley Baptist Church in northern California and author of “When Heaven and Earth Collide: Racism, Southern Evangelicals, and the Better Way of Jesus.” Raised in Mississippi, Alan has preached in churches across the South. Alan and Ali spoke about the complicated history of the region,…
 
This week, Ali talks to Professor Karla McKanders, who directs the Immigration Practice Clinic at Vanderbilt Law School. She also teaches refugee and immigration law. She has written about the intersection of immigration and Blackness, and is releasing a children’s book on the issue soon. Professor McKanders and Ali spoke about the experiences of B…
 
The color of our skin and our immigration status dramatically affect how we move through our daily lives in this country. And these two identities, while distinct, are constantly interacting with each other. For our next series, we’re taking a critical look at the complex relationship between racial justice and immigration. We’ll start out by diggi…
 
For our last week in our “How Did We Get Here?” series, we’ll see the human impact of flawed policies. Ali talks to Ainee Athar, Immigration Program Manager at the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. Born in Pakistan, Ainee and her family sought protection from religious persecution. But in coming to the U.S., they faced a slew of obstacles over many years…
 
This week, Ali talks to Becky Tallent, former chief of staff to Sen. John McCain and adviser to House Speaker John Boehner, about the push for comprehensive immigration reform in 2007 and 2013. Becky is currently head of U.S. Government Relations at Dropbox and serves as Vice Chair of the Forum’s Board of Directors.…
 
This week we hear about what happened around immigration in the 1990s, and how that’s affected today’s conversations. Ali talks to Doris Meissner, a former Commissioner of the Immigration and Naturalization Service. She’s currently a Senior Fellow and Director of the U.S. Immigration Policy Program at the Migration Policy Institute.…
 
This week, we pick up where we left off and take a look at what happened in immigration between the 1960s and 1980s. Following the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965, the next major immigration reform came during the Reagan era of the 1980s, and Charles Kamasaki was a firsthand witness. He’s now a Senior Cabinet Adviser for UnidosUS, and autho…
 
This week, we take a look at what we can learn from our nation’s history around immigration reform that could help shape the future of it. Ali talks to Jia Lynn Yang, deputy national editor at the New York Times and author of One Mighty and Irresistible Tide: The Epic Struggle Over American Immigration, 1924-1965. She provides fascinating context a…
 
We often hear people say they don’t have a problem with people coming to the U.S. — as long as they are coming here legally. But our legal immigration system is complex and challenging to navigate — and the increasing number of threats it faces from the Trump administration only intensifies this. In this series we’ll hear from experts discussing ho…
 
This week, we hear about the South Carolina churches receiving masks made by refugees in Greece. Ali hears from two South Carolinians who are distributing thousands of masks to their communities. David Lee is a missionary of the North American Mission Board’s Ministry Evangelism Team. He serves as Director of Lay Mobilization at the Lexington Bapti…
 
This week, we hear how refugees in Greece are contributing to the COVID-19 response in the U.S. Zoë Pappis Schultz, co-founder of When We Band Together, tells Ali about how refugees at the Moria refugee camp in Lesvos, Greece, are making face masks for people in need around the world. Plus, a look at the Trump administration’s decision to extend an…
 
The Supreme Court ruled today that the Trump administration did not provide an adequate justification for ending Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), allowing it to remain in place — but the administration could still make another attempt to end the protections it provides for nearly 700,000 Dreamers. Ali talks to Larry Benenson, the Foru…
 
In the final episode of our health care series, we hear about the health obstacles that immigrant communities face, made all the more challenging during the coronavirus. Ali talks to Dr. Sal Molica, a primary care physician at Codman Square Health Center in Dorchester, Massachusetts. They talk about Codman Square’s close ties to Boston’s Haitian Am…
 
Ali talks to Dr. Walter Strickland, Assistant Professor of Systematic and Contextual Theology at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Dr. Strickland tells us about how a history of racism and systemic injustice has affected Black Americans, as well as the role of the church in advocating for justice. Plus, how we can avoid debates about justi…
 
This week, Ali talks to Esmeralda Tovar, a mental-health case manager and a medication aide at an assisted living facility in Kansas. She’s also a DACA recipient waiting in limbo for the Supreme Court to decide her fate in the U.S. She spoke to Ali about her work in health care and how it’s changed amid COVID-19 — and what she wants all Americans t…
 
As we celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, we hear about the unique healthcare challenges these communities face – and the incredible contributions they’re making amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Ali talks to Kathy Ko Chin, president and CEO of the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum, about the role of Asian American and Pacific I…
 
For this week’s episode, Ali sits down with his mom, Najma, who tells him about her early days as a newcomer to the U.S. and opening a physical therapy practice — and how to properly cut a mango. The pair discuss Najma’s journey to the U.S., the difficulties of building a life in a new country and living thousands of miles away from family, and the…
 
For this week’s episode, Ali sits down with his mom, Najma, who tells him about her early days as a newcomer to the U.S. and opening a physical therapy practice — and how to properly cut a mango. The pair discuss Najma’s journey to the U.S., the difficulties of building a life in a new country and living thousands of miles away from family, and the…
 
Even before COVID-19, our nation was facing a shortage of health care workers, one that is projected to grow. This week, we see how immigrants in rural areas are stepping up to meet this critical need. Ali talks to Dr. Amit Vashist, Senior Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer at Ballad Health. Dr. Vashist talks about the challenges of ensuring…
 
Immigrants are essential to the health of Americans, representing a major part of our healthcare industry workforce in both medical and nonmedical professions. We’ve seen how their work has been essential for our aging and growing nation, and we will only continue to need their contributions even more as our nation faces the effects of the COVID-19…
 
For this week’s episode, Ali talks to the Forum’s VP of Policy and Advocacy, Jacinta Ma, about the proclamation President Trump issued on Wednesday suspending some forms of immigration for at least 60 days. They discuss what this policy means for immigrants and Americans — and the kinds of solutions we should be pursuing instead.…
 
We finish our latest series by continuing to examine how America needs a modernized visa process for the agriculture industry, this time through the perspective of a larger growing operation. Ali talks to Soren Bjorn, president of Driscoll’s of the Americas. An immigrant and a recently naturalized U.S. citizen, Soren talks about the essential work …
 
Farm work is essential — workers spend their days in the fields ensuring there’s no disruption to our food supply and that there’s food on our tables. Yet many farmworkers are undocumented, and our immigration policies lack adequate pathways to legally fill these jobs. Ali talks to Teresa Romero, President of United Farm Workers, the largest farm w…
 
In the second episode of our series focused on the agriculture industry, we hear about the challenges that U.S. farms face due to a lack of workers. Ali talks to Fred Strathmeyer Jr., the Pennsylvania Deputy Secretary for Plant Industry and Consumer Protection. Fred talks about his department’s commitment to a sustainable and safe food supply and i…
 
In the first episode of our series focused on the agriculture industry, we hear about the often-invisible challenges that fieldworkers face. Ali talks to Judy Fisk Lucas, the founder and president of Friends of Fieldworkers, a non-profit providing support to immigrant fieldworkers in the major agricultural region of Ventura County, California. Judy…
 
U.S. farms feed millions of Americans, and they need roughly 2 million employees per year to do so. But we’re not meeting that need, and we’re seeing crops going unpicked and dying in fields. Our farms don’t have enough workers — and there aren’t adequate immigration pathways to allow more workers to do those jobs. Throughout this series, we’ll see…
 
Ali talks with Leith Anderson, the president of the National Association of Evangelicals, an association of 40 evangelical denominations, as well as organizations, schools, churches and individuals. During his tenure, Leith has led efforts to engage American evangelicals around shared values related to poverty relief, prison reform, immigration, an…
 
Ali talks to Ami Dar, the CEO and founder of Idealist, one of the most popular nonprofit resources on the web. Idealist helps people build — or begin — a career in the nonprofit world by posting hundreds of thousands of jobs each year. Born in Israel and raised in Peru and Mexico, Ami has always had a passion for social justice, and an ambition to …
 
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