'The Meaning of Citizenship' with the ACLU's Abdi Soltani

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Abdi Soltani is executive director of the ACLU of Northern California. (Photo: Jason Doiy Photography)

On his seventh day in office, President Donald Trump issued an executive order banning travel from certain Muslim-majority countries. While the order resulted in protests and lawsuits across the country, for Abdi Soltani, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California, the order had another effect. According to Soltani, whose parents are Iranian immigrants, “It joined my life as an Iranian-American with my life as an ACLU director. They coalesced. And they became one.” As the new administration toughens immigration enforcement and cracks down on sanctuary cities, Soltani joins us to talk about the ACLU's work and his personal story.

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Abdi Soltani, executive director, American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California