In the face of political uncertainty surrounding the fate of immigration reform at the federal level, cities and metro areas—where 95 percent of immigrants live—are stepping up and taking control of their own destinies. Whether or not new legislation passes, leaders in states and metropolitan areas across the country have already been addressing immigration and immigrant integration.
On Monday, July 22, the Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings hosted an event examining the potential impact of immigration reform legislation on local areas and highlighting innovative initiatives from metropolitan areas around the country. The program opened with remarks from Cecilia Muñoz, director of the White House Domestic Policy Council, offering a perspective from the federal level. Immediately following, Brookings senior fellow, Audrey Singer, moderated a panel of municipal, business and nonprofit leaders, highlighting efforts to inform, empower and incorporate immigrant communities in metro areas around the country.
Cecilia Muñoz, Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council
Audrey Singer, Aida Cardenas, Jason Mathis and Fatima Sharma