U.S. Immigration Policy: The Border Between Reform and the Economy

May 15, 2012 Economic Security & Inequality, Effective Government

On May 15, The Hamilton Project at Brookings held a forum exploring the challenges and opportunities for immigration reform in today’s political and economic climate. Cecilia Muñoz, Assistant to the President and Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council, gave featured remarks on the Obama Administration’s efforts to reform America’s broken immigration system and why that is an economic imperative. In the first panel, UC Davis Economist Giovanni Peri presented a new proposal for a market-based approach to immigration reform. A panel of experts representing a range of perspectives discussed details of the proposal. A second panel of thought leaders discussed many of the broader issues surrounding today’s immigration reform debate. Participants included: former U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel (R-NE), Silver Lake Co-Founder Glenn Hutchins, National Council of La Raza President and CEO Janet Murguía, and UNITE HERE President John Wilhelm.