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.
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