National immigration advocate comes to Spokane

National immigration advocate comes to Spokane

While the immigration debate continues in D.C., there’s an immigration dialogue happening in Spokane Monday night. Ali Noorani, the Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum, is speaking at Whitworth University.

While his credentials are a mile long, Ali Noorani can sum up his mission in a few sentences.

“Most Americans have come to love the Muhammed and Marie they know,” explained the first generation Pakistani American. “However, they remain afraid of the Muhammed and Marie they don’t know. So it’s our job as advocates to bridge that gap.”

Since becoming Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum ten years ago, Noorani has traveled the country developing relationships and alliances with local leaders.

“We really try to work with pastors, police chiefs, and business owners so that the public comes to understand that immigrants are protecting our nation as members of the armed services, giving back to our economy as job creators – and ultimately becoming Americans.”

Noorani has been featured on CNN, Fox News, MSNBC and seemingly every other major news outlet in the nation. Monday night, he spoke about immigrant relations in the Inland Northwest at Whitworth University.

You can find more information on Noorani’s mission here.