With more than 11 million immigrants living in the United States illegally, immigration reform is a perennial issue in Washington. At the center of the debate: if, and how, immigration reform should be enacted.
Some supporters say that a swift, broad and comprehensive overhaul of the nation's immigration laws is desperately needed. Other proponents advocate for a piecemeal approach to immigration reform, and say that its interlocking pieces should be carefully considered before reaching the President's desk. Critics of reform lack confidence in Washington's ability to legislate the complicated aspects of immigration and assert that it will exacerbate a difficult job market- especially for American workers at the lower end of the salary spectrum.
Join National Journal for a policy summit on the future of immigration reform. This event will feature insights from government officials, economists, business leaders and immigration experts who will discuss questions such as: should Capitol Hill pass an immigration bill this year? Is a comprehensive overhaul necessary to fix the country's immigration laws, or is a piece-by-piece approach more prudent? And what are the implications of this debate?
Governor Haley Barbour
Haley Barbour was born in Yazoo City, Mississippi. He earned a law degree from the University of Mississippi Law School in 1973. He advised President Ronald Reagan as Director of the White House Office of Political Affairs, and served two terms as Chairman of the Republican National Committee.
Prior to his election as governor, he headed Barbour Griffith and Rogers, one of the nation's top lobbying firms. In November 2003, Barbour was elected Mississippi's governor in the largest voter turnout in a gubernatorial election in state history.
Jared Bernstein joined the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities in May 2011 as a Senior Fellow. From 2009 to 2011, Bernstein was the Chief Economist and Economic Adviser to Vice President Joe Biden, executive director of the White House Task Force on the Middle Class, and a member of President Obama’s economic team.
Scott Corley is the Executive Director of Compete America
Representative Luis V. Gutierrez
Luis V. Gutierrez
Representative from Illinois; born in Chicago, Cook County, Ill., December 10, 1953; B.A., Northeastern Illinois University, DeKalb, Ill., 1974; teacher; social worker, Illinois state department of children and family services; administrative assistant, Chicago, Ill., mayor's office subcommittee on infrastructure, 1984-1985; co-founder, West Town-26th Ward Independent Political Organization, 1985; alderman, Chicago, Ill., city council, 1986-1993, president pro tem, 1989-1992; Democratic National Committee, 1984; elected as a Democrat to the One Hundred Third and to the seven succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1993-present).
Douglas Holtz-Eakin has a distinguished record as an academic, policy adviser, and strategist. Currently he is the President of the American Action Forum and most recently was a Commissioner on the Congressionally-chartered Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission. Since 2001, he has served in a variety of important policy positions.
Tamar Jacoby, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, writes extensively on immigration and citizenship. She is a leading conservative voice in the media and elsewhere in favor of immigration reform, and works to organize the center-right behind reform proposals taking shape in Washington.
Her 1998 book, Someone Else’s House: America’s Unfinished Struggle for Integration (Basic Books), tells the story of race relations in three American cities—New York, Detroit and Atlanta. The Economist magazine called it "arguably the most important study of race relations in America since Gunnar Myrdal’s An American Dilemma was published in 1944."
A more recent book, Reinventing the Melting Pot: The New Immigrants and What It Means To Be American, was published by Basic Books in February 2004. A collection of essays by a diverse group of authors—academics, journalists and fiction-writers on both the right and the left—it argues that we as a nation need to find new ways to talk about and encourage immigrant absorption in American society.
In addition to her published writings and media commentary, in the past few years she has been working behind the scenes in Washington to help develop immigration policy, writing policy papers, testifying in Congress and working with a range of congressional offices.
Before joining the Manhattan Institute, from 1987 to 1989, she was a senior writer and justice editor for Newsweek, where she wrote weekly articles on criminal justice, the Supreme Court and other law-related topics. Between 1981 and 1987, she was the deputy editor of The New York Times op-ed page. Before that, she was assistant to the editor of The New York Review of Books.
In 2004, she was confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve on the National Council on the Humanities, the advisory board of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
A graduate of Yale University, she has taught at Yale, Cooper Union and the New School University. She lives in Washington, DC.
Mark Krikorian is the executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, a think-tank in Washington, D.C. that promotes stricter immigration standards and enforcement. Also, Krikorian is a regular contributor to the conservative publication National Review as well as a regular participant at National Review Online's "The Corner".
He is author of The New Case Against Immigration, Both Legal and Illegal, published in 2008.