8:30 am EDT - 10:00 am EDT

Past Event

Immigration Reform: Prospects and Possibilities

Thursday, April 26, 2007

8:30 am - 10:00 am EDT

The Brookings Institution
Falk Auditorium

1775 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Washington, DC

Congress and the Bush Administration are focused on reforming the country’s immigration policies and addressing the status of the nation’s 12 million illegal immigrants. Yet what are the prospects for real reform? And can Congress agree on legislation?

On April 26, the Brookings Institution and the Migration Policy Institute hosted a discussion on comprehensive immigration reform with keynote remarks by Rep. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) and Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.), the sponsors of the Security Through Regularized Immigration and a Vibrant Economy (STRIVE) Act. After their remarks, a panel of national experts discussed the content of the proposed law and the possibilities of immigration reform in the 110th Congress.

Welcome and Introductions:
Audrey Singer
Immigration Fellow, Metropolitan Policy Program
The Brookings Institution
Demetrios Papademetriou
President, Migration Policy Institute
Keynote Speakers:
Jeff Flake
U.S. Representative (R-Ariz.)
Luis V. Gutierrez
U.S. Representative (D-Ill.)
Audrey Singer

Immigration Fellow, Metropolitan Policy Program
Doris Meissner
Senior Fellow
Migration Policy Institute
Eliseo Medina
International Executive Vice President
Service Employees International Union
Cecilia Muñoz
Senior Vice President
National Council of La Raza
Craig Silvertooth
Director of Federal Affairs
National Roofing Contractors Association