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.
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.
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 Trevino, 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.
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 days.
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 immigrant communitie
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.
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 violence and oppression by the Honduran regime. He says the migrants feel everyone - from Mexico, to Trump's United States - is "hell-bent against them."
"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."
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.
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.
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?