Only in America with Ali Noorani
Summary: What really drives the immigration debate? It’s people, not politics. Join us for “Only in America” 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.
Sheriff Michael Chitwood of Volusia County, Florida - an area the size of Rhode Island - speaks with our host Ali Noorani about how he polices his immigrant community. He tells Ali many farms and businesses there are dependent on low-wage migrants, and explains why the Trump Administration's edict to arrest the "undocumented" is beyond his financial and human resources, and his remit as a state law-enforcement leader.
At the National Immigration Forum's Spring Event, Ali's guests are Geronimo Gutierrez, Mexican Ambassador to the U.S., and Tim Dixon, Co-Founder of "More in Common" . They talk about the immigration challenges facing America, and the polarization of opinions.
This week, as President Trump speaks of snakes, a couple from South Carolina help students and immigrants climb ladders. Meghan and Derrick Smith, from Spartanburg, help disadvantaged young people into college, and speak of their optimism that multi-cultural worship will save America's white churches.
What does the Bible say about welcoming immigrants? Twenty Christian leaders read the words of Matthew 25, when Jesus tells his followers, "I was a stranger and you welcomed me." And, and Ali's Interview of the Week, how does the child of a single mother, living out of her car, become the President of a top American University?
Ali dissects the critical Senate immigration debate, which threatens to leave the Dreamers in further limbo. And the leader of the Wesleyan Church, Jo Anne Lyon, talks about her awakening, her life, and the Church's work to help immigrants.
Sayu Bhojwani, Founder and President of New American Leaders, tells Ali that American democracy will be stronger when our elected officials mirror the nation's diversity. And, with the March 5 deadline for DACA looming, who among the Republicans in Congress is going to "give a little" as President Trump says?
Ali speaks with a European immigrant who now leads one of America's top university colleges for public health. And after the State of the Union speech he gives his take on the prospects for Dreamers, and how the deadlocked Congress can find a way out. ,
This week, Ali ponders how Congress - with it's competing and ever-divisive stances on immigration, will manage to safeguard the dreamers. And he chats with Jer Swigart, from Bend, Oregon, the co-author of "Mending the Divides" and leader of the Global Immersion Project, on faith-based peacemaking and healing between communities.
Ali picks apart the twisted deadlock over DACA and the Government funding bill in Congress. And he talks to a prominent Dreamer about her life, and her quest to find funding for college scholarships for thousands of immigrants.
This week, host Ali Noorani examines the challenges ahead as Congress wrestles with the future of the Dreamers. And the CEO of Arizona's Chamber of Commerce, Glenn Hamer, tells him about the indispensable role played by immigrants in the state's booming economy; why the Dreamers must be allowed to stay, and how NAFTA can be a long-term success.
With the fate of thousands of DACA recipients still in the hands of a deadlocked Congress, Ali chats with four members of the Voices of Christian Dreamers, who visited Capitol Hill this week to plea for their American futures.
Ali breaks down the math in the immigration debate on Capitol Hill, and talks to Bernardo Castro, a young Utah dreamer lobbying for an American future for himself and his family. Ali also chats with author Michelle Warren about her latest book, "The Power of Proximity", and her life in the diverse communities of the Denver, Co. suburbs.
Ali talks with Dr. Eduardo Padron, the President of Miami-Dade College - America's largest community college. Dr. Padron talks about his optimism for the future of immigrants in the U.S., despite the "ugly rhetoric" currently surrounding the issue. Plus, Ali gives his weekly take on events on Capitol Hill.
Ali visits the cattle plains of Idaho, where thousands of hispanic immigrants have powered the booming dairy economy. But industry leaders fear labor shortages if deportations increase.
Ali talks with the award-winning author Helen Thorpe who spent a school year watching refugee children who'd fled war, famine and disasters flourish in a classroom in Denver, Co. And, as usual, Ali gives his take on events in Congress.