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Farwest keynote speaker addresses immigration

Ali Noorani, executive director at the National Immigration Forum, will deliver the keynote address at the 2018 Farwest Show in Portland, OR, Aug. 22-24, according to a press release.

Noorani’s speech, “Leading the Way: A New Approach to American Immigration,” opens the show on Aug. 22 and he will shed light on the connections of immigration to the economy and the political and cultural contexts of today’s immigration debate.

nooraniAli Noorani“This may be one of the most timely and relevant keynotes ever for Farwest,” said Allan Niemi, director of events for show producers the Oregon Association of Nurseries, in the release. “Ali’s personal and professional insights offer new ideas for dealing with a crisis that has profound implications for our industry and the nation.”

As executive director at NIF, Noorani is one of the nation’s leading voices on immigrants and immigration. Noorani and the organization bring together conservative and moderate perspectives from faith, law enforcement, and business leaders across the country. On Capitol Hill, NIF advocates for broad immigration solutions that keep the nation secure, respect the rule of law help grow the economy and are compassionate.

Growing up in California as the son of Pakistani immigrants, Noorani learned how to forge alliances among people of wide-ranging backgrounds — a skill that has served him well as one of the nation’s most innovative coalition builders.

Before joining the NIF, he was executive director at the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition, and he has served in leadership roles within public health and environmental organizations.

Noorani was named a lifetime 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, DC, and is the author of There Goes the Neighborhood: How Communities Overcome Prejudice and Meet the Challenge of American Immigration.

Noorani also serves as host of the “Only in America” podcast.