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An Iowa Town: As Immigration Increases - Crime Rates Fall

Mark Prosser, the Chief of Police in Storm Lake, IA talks about how the crime rate there has fallen as the town's immigrant population grows. He tells Ali about his policing strategy, how the town has embraced new residents, and how President Trump's policies may make people fearful of reporting crimes for fear of deportation.


Redefining What it Means to be American

This week, Ali talks with author Laura Wides-Muñoz, about her book, "The Making of a Dream: How a Group of Young Undocumented Immigrants Helped Change What it Means to be American." And, as hundreds of migrant children remain separated from their parents, the number of deportations of naturalized citizens is increasing.


On Independence Day - Honoring America's Immigrants

This week's Independence Day show features 16-year-old Fez Zafar, who brought Des Moines High School students together for a series of Iftar dinners; Hector Barajas, a deported U.S. Army veteran who's back in California after 14 years in exile; and Vartan Gregorian, President of the Carnegie Corporation of New York.


A Young Military Family Keeps the Dream Alive

This week, Ali talks with DACA recipient Esmeralda Tovar-Contreras. She's the mother of a 19-month-old baby and her fiance is in the U.S. Army. As thousands of Dreamers are threatened with deportation by the Trump administration's decision to rescind DACA, Esmeralda hasn't moved back in to the shadows. Instead, she debated the issue in heated exchanges on late-night TV with a group of voters who oppose DACA. Plus, we deconstruct the ruling behind President Trump's ban on travel from 7...


Refugee Turned American Leader

Kathy Tran arrived as a refugee from Vietnam in 1980 as a child. Now she's a member of the Virginia House of Delegates. On World Refugee Day, Ali chats with Kathy about her desperate flight from war, her run for high office, and how she's living proof of the reality of the American Dream.


How to Rid America of MS-13

In this special edition, the incredible story of the FBI informant who helped to break up an MS-13 gang in Boston, MA. Ali talks to journalist Michele McPhee who tells the story in next week's edition of Newsweek. They discuss how the cooperation of Boston's immigrant community with law enforcement plays a vital role in fighting crime, despite the renewed threats of deportation under the Trump Administration's policies.


For Immigrant Families, the Calm over Storm Lake

Ali visits the storied town of Storm Lake, Iowa, which proudly has one of the most diverse populations in rural America, and chats with the new Mayor, Mike Porsch. And later, the crackdown on asylum-seekers at the southern border, and the ongoing divisions in Congress over DACA.


"Embrace immigrants the way scripture calls us to"

A Texas judge speaks out as hundreds of migrant children, separated from their parents who fled violence in Central and South America, are sent to detention centers near the southern US border. And Ali chats with Jenny Yang and Matt Soerens from World Relief about how to unite the evangelical movement around immigration.


Three Women Paving the Way for America’s Immigrants

Ali talks to three amazing women who are working both in public and behind the scenes to re-imagine the future for immigrants in the United States. Left to Right:- Gaby Pacheco, DACA recipient, and leader of TheDream.US Karen Tumlin, Legal Director of the National Immigration Law Center Sayu Bhojwani, President of the New American Leaders Project


How Detroit's Leading Latina plans to raise a Struggling City

This week, Ali talks with Raquel Castaneda-Lopez, the first Latina to be elected to the Detroit City Council. Raquel tells of her childhood struggles born and raised in a diverse but poverty-stricken section of the city, and how the local residents gave her the courage to run for office. She also lays out her vision for the resurgence of Detroit, with policies which embrace the city's diversity.


Fleeing Baghdad for South Bend - the immigrant who helped the US Army

Ali chats with Rafed Alsaad, who had to flee his home in Baghdad after helping the American forces in Iraq. Now living in South Bend, Indiana, he talks about saving his wife and children, but having to leave his wider family behind, and the welcome he received from the neighbors in his new community. And later, why France's immigrants are now the country's top bakers. Mahmoud M'seddi, winner of the Parisian Baguette section of the French annual Festival of Bread, with President...


Making America Open Again - the Legal Battle

Ali talks with Cecillia Wang, a deputy legal director at the national ACLU about the court battles against the Trump Administration's anti-immigration campaign. She also directs the Center for Democracy, which encompasses the ACLU’s work on immigrants’ rights, voting rights, national security, human rights, and speech, privacy and technology. Cecillia believes the collective will of America's communities to protect the Constitution will prevail.


Afraid to Go to Church, Afraid to Go to School

This week, the fear in America's immigrant communities as ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) continues to expand it arrests and deportations. And Ali talks to Rondell Treviño, from Memphis,TN, who founded The Immigration Project to demonstrate how the bible teaches us to reach out and embrace immigrants. He’s also a Pastor at the Woodland Presbyterian Church in Memphis. Rondell received a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies from Belhaven University, and a Master of Divinity...


A migrant's tale: "The only friend I have is God"

This week, Ali chats with Catholic Priest and award-winning author and film producer Father Dan Groody. He’s Associate Professor of Theology and Global Affairs at the University of Notre Dame, and the Director of the Global Leadership Program at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies. He draws on years of work helping migrants and refugees both internationally, and in the US. His work began in Central and Latin America, but was inspired by a story from his high school...


Dr. Russell Moore: "The Future of Evangelicalism is at Stake"

This week, Dr. Russell Moore, President of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, America’s largest Protestant denomination. He talks to Ali about how to heal the divides on immigration among the Evangelical Christian churches of America. "There are two signs at the border" he says, quoting a former Southern Baptist leader. "One says 'Keep Out' , the other says 'Help Wanted'." And later, ICE deportations gather pace, leading to fear in America's...


From the Refugee Crisis, the Jihadists of the Future

A leading international journalist says President Trump's immigration policies have changed America's relationships with the world. Mindy Belz of World magazine tells Ali that some of today's unwelcome refugees fleeing war, poverty and oppression could become the Jihadis of the future.


SPECIAL - The Honduran Caravan: "Everyone is hell-bent against them"

In this Special Edition of Only in America, Alex Mensing, Project Coordinator for Pueblos Sin Fronteras, talked to Ali from the Mexican side of the Guatemalan border, where a caravan of migrants were preparing for another leg of their desperate journey northwards towards Mexico City. Alex says the contingent, mostly of women and children, is fleeing poverty, violence and oppression by the regime in Honduras. He says the migrants feel like everyone - from Mexico, to Trump's United States...


Trump's America "dangerous and hostile for immigrants" - Jorge Ramos

"Get back to Univision" yelled Presidential candidate Trump as he ejected journalist Jorge Ramos from a news conference in 2015. In this episode Jorge, known as Mexico's Walter Cronkite to millions of viewers, tells Ali warns Ali that Trump has created a hostile and dangerous country for immigrants. And he chats about his new book, "Stranger: The Challenge of a Latino Immigrant in the Trump Era."


Flooded out, then scared of the shelters - the undocumented of Houston

Ali meets with Jarrett Barrios, the CEO of the Red Cross Los Angeles, who tells of the mission to Houston, Texas, after Hurricane Harvey. Many undocumented immigrants whose homes were wrecked still refused to go to the shelters, for fear of deportation. And, later, why the citizenship question on the 2020 census will under-count key populations, leaving some states short of funding and political representation.


In the Eye of the Immigration Storm

Karen Tumlin, Legal Director of the National Immigration Law Center, is in the heat of the battle over the Trump Administration's immigration reforms on several fronts. She gives Ali an update on migrant detentions, the "Muslim Ban", and the outlook for the Dreamers. And later, Dreamer Gaby Pacheco on her experiences on the DACA campaign trail.