Immigration

Expert Roundup

The Immigration Economy

Authors: Heidi Shierholz, Mark Krikorian, and James Carafano

Four experts debate whether Obama's immigration reform plan, including an expanded path to legalization, would help or harm U.S. workers and economic growth.

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Video

U.S. Immigration Policy

Speakers: Edward Alden, Thomas F. McLarty III, and Frances Fragos Townsend
Presider: Edward Schumacher-Matos

Watch members of the CFR-sponsored Independent Task Force on U.S. Immigration Policy discuss the findings and recommendations of the Task Force report.

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Audio

U.S. Immigration Policy (Audio)

Speakers: Edward Alden, Thomas F. McLarty III, and Frances Fragos Townsend
Presider: Edward Schumacher-Matos

Listen to members of the CFR-sponsored Independent Task Force on U.S. Immigration Policy discuss the findings and recommendations of the Task Force report.

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Primary Sources

Immigration Detention Overview and Recommendations

This Report provides a comprehensive review and evaluation of the U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) system of Immigration Detention. It relies on information gathered by Dr. Dora Schriro, most recently the Director of the Office of Detention Policy and Planning, during tours of 25 facilities, discussions with detainees and employees, meetings with over 100 non-governmental organizations and federal, state, and local officials, and the review of data and reports from governmental agencies and human rights organizations.

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Task Force Report No. 63

U.S. Immigration Policy

This Task Force report offers a strategy for maintaining America's political and economic leadership by attracting skilled immigrants, a program of legalization for those living in the United States illegally, and steps for securing the country's borders in an effective and humane way.

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Op-Ed

A Bipartisan Blueprint for Immigration Reform

Authors: Jeb Bush, Thomas F. McLarty III, and Edward Alden
Los Angeles Times

Jeb Bush, Thomas F. McLarty III, and Edward Alden discuss the recent Independent Task Force on Immigration Policy and argue, "Getting immigration policy right is fundamental to [U.S.] national interests -- our economic vitality, our diplomacy and our national security."

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Transcript

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

Speakers: Thomas F. McLarty III, Richard Land, and Edward Alden
Presider: Mark Whitaker

The Task Force on U.S. Immigration Policy argues that the failure to reform immigration laws and procedures threatens to harm America's economy, jeopardize its diplomacy, and weaken its national security. 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. The report urges Congress and the administration to undertake a new comprehensive reform effort with three central components: the creation of a more efficient legal immigration system that responds to labor market needs and enhances U.S. competitiveness; a strong enforcement regime that secures U.S. borders and ends the hiring of unauthorized workers; and a program of earned legalization that will offer an opportunity for many illegal immigrants to earn the right to remain in the United States.

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