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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 forward in the immigration debate.

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 forward in the immigration debate.

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United States

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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 forward in the immigration debate.

Twitter:

@NatimmForum

Language:

English

Contact:

202-347-0058


Episodes

Vote of Conscience: Bob Worsley

10/14/2020
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 doesn’t have to be partisan.

Duration:00:32:06

Vote of Conscience: Greisa Martinez Rosas

10/7/2020
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 Martinez Rosas, executive director at United We Dream, the largest immigrant-led youth network in the country.

Duration:00:26:49

Vote of Conscience: Adamou Mohamed

9/30/2020
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 communities.

Duration:00:29:27

Trailer: Vote of Conscience (Plus Bonus Content)

9/23/2020
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 recalling their journey from Haiti to Florida in the late 1960s.

Duration:00:16:24

Racial Justice and Immigration: Tina Vasquez

9/16/2020
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 workers' rights.

Duration:00:31:27

Racial Justice and Immigration: Abdi Nor Iftin

9/9/2020
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 folks who want to be better advocates for their Black and immigrant neighbors.

Duration:00:32:30

Racial Justice and Immigration: Alan Cross

9/2/2020
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, how his faith led him to immigration advocacy, and the role of Christians in fighting for justice.

Duration:00:28:14

Racial Justice and Immigration: Karla McKanders

8/26/2020
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 Black immigrants at the border, how segregation and policing impact Black and immigrant communities, and the need for nuance in our legal...

Duration:00:30:08

Trailer: Racial Justice and Immigration

8/19/2020
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 digging into how race and immigration intersect, and we’ll hear more about the experiences of Black immigrants, who face the dual challenges of...

Duration:00:04:51

How Did We Get Here?: Ainee Athar

8/12/2020
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: navigating bureaucracy, a rejected asylum application, multiple changes in immigration status, and dealing with immigration enforcement.

Duration:00:33:10

How Did We Get Here?: Becky Tallent

8/5/2020
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.

Duration:00:32:26

How Did We Get Here?: Doris Meissner

7/29/2020
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.

Duration:00:30:43

How Did We Get Here?: Charles Kamasaki

7/22/2020
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 author of Immigration Reform: The Corpse That Will Not Die. Charles told Ali about the hurdles we must overcome to create solutions, the politics of...

Duration:00:25:08

How Did We Get Here?: Jia Lynn Yang

7/15/2020
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 about what led to immigration restrictionism 100 years ago, the fight to change those laws, and how that affected where we are today.

Duration:00:34:04

Trailer: How Did We Get Here?

7/8/2020
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 how the past applies to the present moment, and what it means for the future of immigration.

Duration:00:03:46

Refugee Mask-Makers: Part Two, South Carolina

7/1/2020
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 Baptist Association. Robbie McAlister is a former pastor who now is the Southeast mobilizer for Bibles, Badges and Business for Immigration Reform.

Duration:00:30:00

Refugee Mask-Makers: Part One, Greece

6/24/2020
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 and expand its proclamation from April that initially barred certain immigrants from the U.S. for 60 days.

Duration:00:27:55

SPECIAL EPISODE: Understanding the Supreme Court’s DACA Ruling

6/18/2020
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 Forum’s Assistant Vice President of Policy and Advocacy, about what the ruling means, the options DACA recipients now have, and why Congress needs to...

Duration:00:08:09

Keeping Us Healthy: Dr. Sal Molica

6/17/2020
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 American community, how they’re working to improve health care access in a diverse immigrant community, and how they’re adapting amid the COVID-19...

Duration:00:31:38

Racial and Immigrant Justice with Dr. Walter Strickland

6/10/2020
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 justice being pulled into cultural divisions.

Duration:00:30:09