Ali Noorani

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Ali Noorani


Ali Noorani is an illegal immigration activist who serves as President & Chief Executive Officer of the National Immigration Forum. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.


Ali Noorani's bio verbatim from the 2007 Take Back America Conference:[1]

Ali Noorani joined the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition as executive director in November 2003. Under his leadership, MIRA has more than tripled its staff and programs, and greatly increased its capacity to advocate for the rights and opportunities of immigrants and refugees. In partnership with its members, MIRA continues to pursue its mission across New England through education, training, leadership development, organizing, policy analysis and advocacy. Before taking helm at MIRA, Ali worked on a variety of community health and social justice issues. He has authored numerous articles, and has engaged local, national and international media on issues of concern to immigrants and refugees. Ali serves on the board of the National Immigration Forum, Third Sector New England and the Coalition of New American Voters. He received his master's in public health from Boston University. Vital Statistics: Anoorani Joined: Jun 06 '07

And from the National Immigration Forum:[2]

Ali Noorani is President & Chief Executive Officer of the National Immigration Forum, a nonpartisan advocacy organization working with faith, law enforcement and business leaders to promote the value of immigrants and immigration. Growing up in California as the son of Pakistani immigrants, Ali quickly learned how to forge alliances among people of wide-ranging backgrounds, a skill that has served him extraordinarily well as one of the nation’s most innovative coalition builders.
Ali provides a principled and reasoned voice on immigration policy and politics, and has appeared on Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, NBC News, ABC News, PBS NewsHour 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.
Ali is an Emerson Dial Fellow, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, holds a Master’s in Public Health from Boston University and is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley. Ali lives in Washington, D.C., and is the author of “There Goes the Neighborhood: How Communities Overcome Prejudice and Meet the Challenge of American Immigration,” (Prometheus, April 2017) and host of the “Only in America” podcast.

Supportive of Obama Appointment of Cecilia Munoz

In 2012, Ali Noorani was quoted as being supportive of then-President Barack Obama's appointment of illegal immigration activist Cecilia Munoz, as director of the White House Domestic Policy Council. Cecilia Munoz was "senior vice president of research, advocacy, and legislation" at the National Council of La Raza. During the 2008 presidential campaign, Cecilia Munoz "advised Obama on immigration issues."

From the article:[3]

"Cecilia knows the complexity and ineffectiveness of our immigration system, and understands that our economy will greatly benefit from comprehensive immigration reform,” said Service Employees International Union international secretary-treasurer Eliseo Medina. "In striving to find solutions, Cecilia begins by advocating for what is possible, rather than arguing why something cannot be done. She is a fighter."
"Some immigration reform groups have been disappointed by the Obama administration’s lack of success on the issue. Ali Noorani, executive director of the National Immigration Forum, expressed guarded optimism about the push for reform.
"While Ms. Muñoz’s appointment is a positive step, at the end of the day, Democrats and Republicans in Congress need to come together to pass comprehensive immigration reform." Noorani said.

NAKASEC Connection

On April 27, 2010, Simon Cho, US Olympian for short track speed skating and the winner of a bronze medal for 5000m men’s relay spoke about his immigration experience. During a press conference organized by the National Korean American Service & Education Consortium (NAKASEC), in a packed room, Simon talked about his memories of crossing the border with his mother at the age of four as undocumented immigrants. Ali Noorani, and EunSook Lee also participated. .Following the press conference, Simon and staff of NAKASEC held face to face meetings with Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) to convey the need for immigration reform in 2010.

'Our Leader' Luis Gutiérrez

Ali Noorani speaks at a Reform Immigration for America Campaign Rally

Ali Noorani was a speaker at the Reform Immigration for America Campaign rally on October 13, 2009, where he referred to Luis Gutiérrez as "Our Leader" in the fight for illegal immigration.[4]

"Our leader and that fight started many, many years ago but one year ago he started to travel the country. He went to Texas, He went to Denver, He went to Miami, He went to Oregon, He went to California... [speaking spanish] And our leader Congressman Luis Gutiérrez, his commitment is an inspiration to our fight [speaking spanish] And friends, you know and I know - that he has worked harder than anybody, he has reached further than anybody, he's inspired more than anyone, He is our champion for comprehensive immigration reform [speaking spanish] It is Congressman Luis Gutiérrez's strength, commitment and focus that will take us to victory so ladies and gentleman - from a great state of Illinois congressmen Luis Gutiérrez." [applause]

Take Back America Conference

Ali Noorani was listed as a speaker[5] of the 2007 and 2008 Take Back America Conference, which was hosted by Campaign for America's Future.

Immigrants and the Soul of America

On March 18, 2008, Cristina Lopez, Adam Luna, Ali Noorani, Frank Sharry and Jamila Woods-Jones spoke in a session entitled "Immigrants and the Soul of America".[6]

"This year's Take Back America conference was a landmark event - with a real sense that progressive ideology is on the rise with 2,000 progressive leasers, and grassroots activists prepared to implement strategies designed to bring about a dramatic, long-term change in the political landscape. Five themes at the heart of the progressive agenda are: Economic Strategy in the Global Economy; Green Jobs for a Sustainable Energy Future; Quality Affordable Health Care for All; Out of Iraq to Real Security; The New Social Justice Agenda. Norman Lear spoke to the crowd after being awarded the America's Future Lifetime Leadership Award"[7]

The New Civil Rights: The Immigrant Struggle

On June 20, 2007, Chung-Wha Hong, Alan Jenkins, Ali Noorani, Angelica Salas and Gustavo Torres spoke in a session entitled "The New Civil Rights: The Immigrant Struggle".[8]