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Ali Noorani has more than a decade of successful leadership in public
policy advocacy, non-profit management and coalition organizing,
across a wide range of issues. As a key figure among a new generation of
national leaders, he continues this mission as Executive Director of the
National Immigration Forum advocating for the value of immigrants and
immigration to the nation.

Under Ali’s leadership since 2008, the Forum is a powerful and key advocate on
numerous immigration issues, working closely with business, law enforcement, faith and immigrant leadership across the country to advance much needed reforms to our nation’s immigration system. Ali has led the Forum through a transition process to prepare the organization for the future, focusing on creative alliance building toward a better future for immigrants and America. With a keen eye for accountability and good business practice, Noorani secured for the Forum accreditation from the Better Business Bureau and a four star rating from Charity Navigator.

Ali provides a principled and reasoned voice on immigration policy and politics, and has appeared on Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, NBC News, ABC News, and various radio and local news programs. He has been quoted on the pages of most of the nation’s major dailies and is a regular speaker at conferences and campuses across the country.

Born in California, Noorani is the son of Pakistani immigrants. He is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley and received his Master’s in Public Health from Boston University. In 2007, Noorani received the Boston University Young Alumni Award.

Established in 1982, the Forum is one of the nation’s premier pro-immigrant advocacy and policy organizations and has been at the center of every major immigration debate over the past 25 years. The Forum uses its communications, advocacy and policy expertise to create a better, more welcoming America that treats all newcomers fairly and respects the rights of all.

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Encouraging Citizenship: A Win-Win for Businesses, Their Employees and Our Economy

(0) Comments | Posted September 17, 2013 | 8:48 AM

Two-hundred-twenty-six years ago, the U.S. Constitutional Convention signed the document our nation looks to as a beacon for guidance on the toughest issues we face.

Sept. 17, "Constitution Day and Citizenship Day" gives us an opportunity to recognize and celebrate all who have become or aspire to become citizens...

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Detention Costs Convey Immigration Reform's Urgency

(15) Comments | Posted August 22, 2013 | 12:37 PM

Imagine if Congress could save Americans $1.44 billion in one simple step.

Well, it can -- by making sure immigration reform includes smarter policies for detaining unauthorized immigrants.

Broad immigration reform will be good for our nation's bottom line for a multitude of reasons. Immigrants are key to American...

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Businesses Help Employees Along the Road to Citizenship

(1) Comments | Posted May 28, 2013 | 5:49 PM

Immigration reform is the hot topic on Capitol Hill these days, but some businesses are ahead of the curve. In Miami, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., these trailblazers are helping their eligible employees become citizens and fully participate in our society.

Thanks to the Bethlehem Project, legal permanent...

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Those Who Put Food on Our Tables Need a New Immigration Process

(35) Comments | Posted October 1, 2012 | 10:03 AM

Yes, politicians can overcome partisanship and unite around something: making New York state the next yogurt capital.

However, that can't happen without a new immigration process. And our political leaders have not been able to break through the logjam of inaction on immigration.

Coupled with...

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Take It To The Bank: Helping Young Aspiring Citizens Will Boost Our Economy

(4) Comments | Posted July 30, 2012 | 12:07 PM

Let me get right to the point: Helping young aspiring citizens remain in America is good for America. Removing the immediate threat of deportation for young people who were brought here as children will have remarkable economic benefits.

The Obama administration's policy of "deferred action," which the president announced June...

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To Create Jobs, Fix Immigration

(59) Comments | Posted June 1, 2012 | 4:08 PM

Right under the noses of pro-business Republicans and Democrats is an anti-business immigration system that impedes innovation and puts family farmers out of business.

Let me be clear: Far too many of our fellow Americans are out of work. Our economy cannot grow fast enough to ease...

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Law-enforcement Leaders Agree: State Anti-immigrant Laws Encourage Discrimination

(38) Comments | Posted April 24, 2012 | 12:44 PM

In our struggle to make a more perfect nation, the liberty of all Americans is at risk.

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court of the United States is slated to hear oral arguments regarding Arizona's discriminatory, anti-immigrant law, S.B. 1070.

Signed into law nearly two years ago by Gov....

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Bipartisan Visa Reform? Hold on

(61) Comments | Posted March 22, 2012 | 5:37 PM

Think it's hard to get the 60 votes necessary to quash a filibuster and get something done in the U.S. Senate? Forget the supermajority: A single senator can hold up a vote for months on end -- even on a bipartisan bill that serves the needs of our economy.

Example...

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Boost Our Economy by Welcoming Tourists -- and Immigrants

(9) Comments | Posted February 13, 2012 | 4:24 PM

President Obama's initiative to attract more tourists to the United States is a smart and practical policy that will create more jobs for Americans. We can only hope that congressional leaders will soon realize that similarly wise policy decisions regarding our immigration system also would strengthen our economy.

The...

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Dear Secretary Napolitano: Suspend Secure Communities

(47) Comments | Posted January 12, 2012 | 10:11 AM

News reports surfaced last week that a fourteen-year-old girl from Dallas, an American citizen who did not speak a word of Spanish, was deported to Colombia.

The reports say Jakadrien Turner gave an assumed name -- we don't know why -- that matched a name in a...

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GOP Debate: Compassion Makes a Cameo

(3) Comments | Posted November 29, 2011 | 2:46 PM

Compassion made a cameo appearance at the November 22 CNN debate between GOP candidates. All the more stunning was that the compassion was for undocumented immigrants who reside in our nation.

There are four reasons why we saw this change:

1. In order to win the general election, the GOP...

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Pro-Immigration GOP Presidential Hopefuls?

(11) Comments | Posted February 2, 2011 | 3:39 PM

Below the radar screen of the tumult in Egypt, the Affordable Care Act, and the economy, GOP presidential kingmakers are starting to frame themselves as pro-immigration. Who'da thunk it?

On ABC News' Top Line, Senator Norm Coleman, Chair of the American Action Network said:

Let me be very...
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No Excuses on Immigration Reform

(26) Comments | Posted March 16, 2010 | 3:22 PM

Less than a week to go till the March FOR America and the immigration blame game is kicking into full gear. Democrats are blaming Republicans, Republicans are blaming Democrats. Meanwhile, the DC punditry - aided and abetted by a front page Washington Post story that doesn't...

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A Vision Becoming Reality for March 21st

(5) Comments | Posted March 6, 2010 | 3:16 PM

Today, La Opinión - the largest Spanish language newspaper in the U.S. - reported on a possible framework for moving forward comprehensive immigration reform legislation in the Senate. Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) has worked for more than a year with Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) to create a bipartisan...

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Our Time to Fight for Immigration Reform is Now

(24) Comments | Posted February 25, 2010 | 12:16 PM

Democrats have become the party of "I can't," while Republicans have become the party of "I won't." But the overwhelming majority of Americans (conservatives, independents and everyone else) is saying, "Get to work on our nation's problems and fix the broken immigration system!"

While the pundits, naysayers, and quitters in...

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The Real Health Care and Immigration Questions

(10) Comments | Posted September 21, 2009 | 6:03 PM

As we predicted, the politics of immigration have been dragged into the politics of health insurance reform. It is now crystal clear that no issue of importance can be determined smoothly and comprehensively as long as 12,000,000 people live, work and raise children in the U.S. but float in limbo...

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