The crisis in Del Rio feels like a long time ago. It wasn’t.

Even if “the majority of the border-crossers who reached the Del Rio camp have been returned to Haiti or turned back to Mexico,” migration from the south continues. In Necoclí, Colombia, thousands gather before they traverse the…


Way back in 2008, Richard Spencer, president of the National Policy Institute, “a tiny white supremacist organization,” according to the ADL, coined the term “Alt-Right.” In August of 2017, Spencer exploded onto the scene, instigating the violence in Charlottesville that killed Heather Heyer and injured dozens of others.

These days…


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We read about Haiti a lot.

But, we don’t think about Haiti a lot.

Well, the reality of a flow of Haitian migration that began 11 years ago has reached the nation’s doorstep.

In January 2010, the island nation of 11 million…


In the weeks and days leading up to 9/11, comprehensive immigration reform was within grasp. President Bush was spending political capital. Mexico’s President Fox, before becoming the best F-Bomber ever, was fully invested.

The pieces were falling into place. Which means we were *that close* to me advocating for puppies.


In January of 1979, after his seminal CBS News special on the Vietnamese boat people fleeing the communist regime, Ed Bradley stood on Ellis Island. He told America, “For us the Vietnam War is over. And, like it or not, we lost that war. But, while there, we sold many…


Today’s edition of Noorani’s Notes pulls together the various Day One immigration actions by President Biden. Subscribe to this daily newsletter here.

Let’s jump into it….

Immigration was a large part of President Biden’s first hours in office. We’ll get to that below.

First, some important new data from our…


Four years and one interregnum ago, I wrote that I didn’t believe the 2016 election was about policy or politics. Rather, “It was an election about culture, values and who we are as a country.”

Nearly every single day since January 20, 2017 has been consumed with one action or…


Today our hearts are with members of Congress and their staffs, law enforcement, journalists and others directly affected by the storming of the U.S. Capitol and other congressional buildings by angry mobs.

Over the last few days, I have been thinking about why immigrants and refugees so want to come…


Our most searing points in history are often defined by how we treat children. Particularly children who are alone.

In the last four years, the Trump administration’s separation of children from their parents left an indelible mark. …


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The longest Tuesday of our lives is over.

We were a divided country in 2016. And, well, we are just as, if not more, divided now.

Even if an election night poll by Public Opinion Strategies found that “The President’s position on immigration was a net negative with voters,” the…

Ali Noorani

President and CEO of National Immigration Forum, author of “Crossing Borders” (April 2022, Rowman & Littlefield), host of the podcast, Only in America.

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