CFR Symposium: The International and the Domestic - Latin America and U.S. Policies and Politics, Session Two, Immigration (Audio)

Speakers: Edward Alden and Thomas F. McLarty III
Presider: Hector Tobar

Listen to experts discuss U.S. immigration policies, their effects on Latin America and national security concerns, and how immigration reform might occur in the next administration.

This symposium was made possible by the generous support of the Ford Foundation and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

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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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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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U.S. Immigration Policy

Speaker: Edward Alden
Moderator: Irina Faskianos

Edward Alden, CFR’s Bernard L. Schwartz senior fellow, elucidates President Obama’s executive order for undocumented immigrants in the United States, explaining who will be affected and how, as part of CFR's Religion and Foreign Policy and State and Local Officials Conference Call series.

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The Closing of the American Border

Speaker: Edward Alden
Presider: Warren Bass

In his new book, Edward Alden goes behind the scenes to tell the story of the Bush administration’s struggle to balance security and openness in the wake of the worst ever attack on U.S. soil. Based on extensive interviews with the Bush administration officials charged with securing the border after 9/11, the book shows how an administration that appeared united in the aftermath of the attacks was wracked by internal divisions over how to balance security and openness. We hope you and a guest will join us for a discussion of the book and U.S. immigration policy.

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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:

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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