10:00 am EDT - 11:30 am EDT

Past Event

The Immigrant Workforce and the Future of U.S. Immigration Policy

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

10:00 am - 11:30 am EDT

Brookings Institution
Falk Auditorium

1775 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC

U.S. firms in the technology, life sciences, healthcare and agriculture sectors often struggle with recruitment and retention of high- and low-skilled workers, making it difficult for employers to meet their workforce needs and business goals. Do current immigration laws pose substantial obstacles for various sectors of our economy? With the nation focused on economic revival and growth, what does the future hold for U.S. immigration policy, and what are the best policy actions to tackle these pressing workforce challenges?

On July 31, in collaboration with the Partnership for a New American Economy, Governance Studies and the Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings hosted a forum examining how immigrant workers fit into the U.S. labor market and what gaps they fill. A panel of experts evaluated the role immigrant workers currently play in the U.S. labor force, where they are projected to be needed in the near-term, and what should be done to meet U.S. business and workers’ needs. After the program, speakers took audience questions.

You can follow the conversation on this event on Twitter at hashtag #BIWorker.

The Immigrant Workforce and the Future of U.S. Immigration Policy