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Council on Foreign Relations State and Local Officials Bulletin
March 2013

March 2013

Timeline: U.S. Postwar Immigration Policy

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(Courtesy of Reuters)


Immigration has been an important source of U.S. economic and cultural vitality since the country's founding, but it has also proven a divisive issue among many Americans. Unsurprisingly, the debate over immigration reform has remained at the forefront of public discourse even after the 2012 presidential election came to a close. To learn more about the evolution of U.S. immigration policy, reference CFR's new interactive timeline.

CFR Backgrounder: The U.S. Immigration Debate


Issue Guide: Iraq Invasion Ten Years After

The tenth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq offers an occasion to reflect on the war's costs and consequences. This guide provides essential background and expert analysis on the war, including a recent interview with CFR President Richard N. Haass about where we went wrong. View the Guide »

Exiting from Monetary Stimulus: A Better Plan for the Fed

CFR's Benn Steil offers an innovative solution to help the Federal Reserve transform its monetary stimulus without causing undue political and economic shocks.

Click here to read Steil's policy memorandum.

The Diploma Gap

In this op-ed, CFR's budget expert Peter Orszag argues that the widening gap between rich and poor students, with respect to college completion rates, not only undermines the American ideal of equal opportunity, but also represents a missed opportunity to boost productivity.

Click here to learn more.

Getting the Media to Care About Working-Class Women

CFR's Gayle Tzemach Lemmon draws from her upbringing and personal experiences as a journalist as she reflects on how influential news outlets have consistently ignored the needs of struggling families. Noting the recent news frenzy surrounding Sheryl Sandberg's book Lean In, Lemmon comments that "suddenly, and for the first time in a while, a bunch of major news outlets are talking about working-class women." Read more »