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Posted: 2/25/21

‘Reconciling a Nation of Immigrants’ Topic of TAMIU’s Online IBC Bank and Commerce Bank Keynote Speaker Series


Ali Noorani
Ali Noorani  

Understanding the implications of Trump-era immigration policies in shaping the future of American immigration will be explored in the next Texas A&M International University-IBC Bank and Commerce Bank 2020-2021 Keynote Speaker Series, an online offering Wednesday, March 3 at 3 p.m.

TAMIU’s A. R. Sanchez, Jr. School of Business, and the Center for the Study of Western Hemispheric Trade present the lecture, part of a series sponsored by IBC Bank and Commerce Bank.

Ali Noorani, President and 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, will present  “Reconciling a Nation of Immigrants.”

The virtual lecture, presented via WebEX, is at 3 p.m. CST. It is free and open to the public. To register, participants can visit  or search for WebEX Event #177 443 5494.

In his virtual lecture, Noorani will explore wide-ranging subtopics such as border enforcement, DACA, and legal immigration.

Growing up in California as the son of  Pakistani immigrants, Noorani 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.

Noorani  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 news programs. He has been quoted by the nation’s major dailies and is a regular speaker at conferences and campuses across the country.

An Emerson Dial Fellow and member of the Council on Foreign Relations, he holds a master’s degree in Public Health from Boston University, and is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley.

Noorani  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). He  hosts  the “Only in America” podcast.

For additional information, contact the Center for the Study of Western Hemispheric Trade at 956.326.2820, email or visit