Feb 26

Past Event

Immigration, Politics and Local Responses

Event Materials



  • Local Leaders Were Pressured to Change Immigration Policy

    Local leaders in many parts of the country were pressured to change local immigration policy in response to the lack of federal immigration reform, Audrey Singer says.

    Audrey Singer

  • Randolph Capps

    "Prince William County is far from unique," says Capps, in spurring controversy over new local immigration policy. The vast majority of the localities are in the southeast or southwest.

  • Angeles Ortega-Moore

    Ortega-Moore says, "trying to understand the immigration debate is like trying to explain the tax code. You just can''t do that."


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In the absence of federal immigration reform, state and local policies that impact the immigrant population are being implemented in communities across the country. The local response is exacerbated by financial crisis and economic anxiety in our country, leaving residents, community leaders, and elected officials with mixed emotions about the role immigrants will play in shaping our social, economic and cultural future.

On February 26, the Metropolitan Policy Program and Greater Washington Research at Brookings hosted a discussion focusing on a new report that examines the local, regional and national factors that led Prince William County, an outer suburb of the nation’s capital, to adopt tough measures against unauthorized immigrants. Additional case studies will be explored, with a focus on the ripening immigration debate and ideas for successfully addressing long-term demographic changes and challenges.

Brookings Senior Fellow Audrey Singer presented the report, and Marcela Sanchez of the New York Times Syndicate moderated a panel discussion.

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Event Agenda


February 26, 2009

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM EST

The Brookings Institution

Falk Auditorium

1775 Massachusetts Ave., NW


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