Immigration

Backgrounder
Renewing America

Renewing America

The U.S. Immigration Debate

Author: Brianna Lee

Ongoing arguments over U.S. immigration policy play out against concerns about curbing illegal immigration, changing demographics, and maintaining the country's global competitive edge.

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Backgrounder

The U.S. Immigration Debate

Author: Esther Pan

As the U.S. Senate takes up the controversial issue of immigration, competing Senate proposals offer measures from building walls and increasing border patrol to guest-worker programs and amnesty. But the acrimonious political mood around the issue will make the necessary compromises difficult to reach.

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Book
Renewing America

Renewing America

Skilled Immigration Today

Authors: Jagdish N. Bhagwati and Gordon H. Hanson

While immigration reform usually refers to unskilled labor, skilled immigration requires different policy action. Bhagwati and Hanson bring together today's foremost immigration experts to examine the phenomenon.

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Event

The Future of U.S. Immigration Policy: Next Steps

On Wednesday, June 15, 2011, the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) will hold a half-day, multisession symposium in Washington, DC, on U.S. immigration policy. The symposium will include a keynote address by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who co-chairs the Partnership for a New American Economy, a coalition of mayors and business leaders from across the country making an economic case for immigration reform. Additionally, the event will focus on the importance of immigration for the economic future of the United States and the prospects for political cooperation on immigration-related legislation. The symposium will convene policymakers, Council members, the media, and other opinion leaders to have a candid discussion on new options for immigration policy reforms, using the CFR Independent Task Force on U.S. Immigration Policy as a launching pad.

The symposium is scheduled from 9:15 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. For further details, please refer to the agenda below.

For more information on the CFR-sponsored Independent Task Force on U.S. Immigration Policy, please click the following link: http://www.cfr.org/immigration/us-immigration-policy/p20030

This event is made possible through generous support from the Ford Foundation.

Symposium Agenda:

9:15 - 9:45 a.m.  Registration and Breakfast Reception

9:45 - 10:00 a.m.  Welcoming Remarks

10:00 - 11:15 a.m.  Session One: Immigration as an Economic Engine

Alejandro Mayorkas, Director, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, U.S. Department of Homeland Security; Vivek Wadhwa, Senior Research Associate, Labor and Worklife Program, Harvard Law School; Edward Alden, Bernard L. Schwartz Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations; Presider: Matthew Winkler, Editor in Chief, Bloomberg News

11:15 - 11:25 a.m.  Break

11:25 a.m. - 12:40 p.m.  Session Two: Political Pathways for Progress

David Price, U.S. Representative from North Carolina; Alfonso Aguilar, Executive Director, Latino Partnership for Conservative Principles; Andrew Kohut, President, Pew Research Center; Presider: Edward Schumacher-Matos, Ombudsman, NPR

12:40 - 1:15 p.m.  Lunch Buffet

1:15 - 1:45 p.m.  Session Three: Keynote Address

Michael Bloomberg, Mayor, City of New York Presider: Julia Preston, National Immigration Correspondent, New York Times

1:45 - 2:00 p.m.  Closing Remarks

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Event

U.S. Immigration Policy: Report of a CFR Sponsored Independent Task Force Report

The report of this bipartisan Task Force of distinguished leaders and experts represents a strong consensus on the importance of repairing America's immigration policy. It makes the case that maintaining America's political and economic leadership depends on attracting talented and hard-working immigrants, and on securing the country's borders in a smart, effective, and humane way.

Related readings:

A Bipartisan Blueprint for Immigration Reform

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Event

Better Politics and Policy on Immigration

As chief executive of a border state, Governor Bill Richardson will discuss U.S. policy on immigration. Public services such as education, health care, and economic opportunity are each affected by immigration practices. Governor Richardson will outline state and cross-border efforts taken to reduce border crime and improve border security.

This meeting is presented in conjunction with the Council's Latin America Studies Program.

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