Immigration and U.S. Global Competitiveness

Speakers:
Spencer Abraham Chairman and CEO, The Abraham Group; Former Secretary of Energy
Lee H. Hamilton President and Director, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; Former Member, U.S. House of Representatives
Presider:
Doris M. Meissner Senior Fellow, Migration Policy Institute; Former Commissioner, U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service
Description

Former Rep. Lee Hamilton (D-IN) and Former Senator Spencer Abraham (R-MI) co-chaired a year-long task force aimed at tackling the nation's bedeviling immigration challenges. The result is a report with sweeping recommendations for overhaul of our immigration policy that would increase employment-based immigration opportunities; combat illegal immigration through new responsibilities for employers and a new, secure Social Security card; and create a Standing Commission on Labor Markets and Immigration Admissions that would make regular recommendations to the President and Congress for adjusting immigration levels. Come as we discuss these recommendations and how the Council might build on them as the Congress again debates the immigration challenge.

For more information about the Task Force please visit: http://www.migrationpolicy.org/ITFIAF/

The Independent Task Force Immigration and America’s Future: A New Chapter, was convened by the Migration Policy Institute in partnership with The Division of United States Studies, The Mexico Institute of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and the Manhattan Institute.

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Immigration and U.S. Global Competitiveness [Rush Transcript; Federal News Service]

Former Rep. Lee Hamilton (D-IN) and former Sen. Spencer Abraham (R-MI) cochaired a year-long task force aimed at tackling the nation's immigration challenges. They discuss the task force's recommendations and how the Council on Foreign Relations might build on them as Congress again debates the immigration challenge.

Press Conference by President Obama and Mexican President Nieto, May 2013

President Barack Obama and Mexican President Pena Nieto held this press conference in Mexico City after their meeting on May 2, 2013. They discussed immigration, security, and economic initiatives, and established the U.S.-Mexico High Level Economic Dialogue.

Documents of U.S.-Mexico High Level Economic Dialogue

The U.S.-Mexico High Level Economic Dialogue was created by U.S. President Barack Obama and Mexican President Enrique Pe˝a Nieto in May 2013 and the first cabinet-level meeting was convened September 2013 in Mexico City.áVice President Biden hosted the January 6, 2015 meeting in Washington. Participating U.S. agencies includeáDepartments of State and Commerce, and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. In 2015, strategic goals are focused on energy; modern borders; work force development; regulatory cooperation; partnering in regional and global leadership; and stakeholder engagement.

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