Immigration reform conference at Rice’s Baker Institute set for April 9


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Jeff Falk

Immigration reform conference at Rice’s Baker Institute set for April 9
Leading immigration, public policy experts to discuss issues, solutions

HOUSTON – (April 1, 2013) – The April 9 conference “Immigration Reform: A System for the 21st Century” at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy will bring together leading United States immigration experts as well as key public policy thinkers involved in the current reform debate. A range of panels will address issues and solutions to today’s crucial questions surrounding immigration reform. Hosted by the institute’s Latin America Initiative, the conference is part of the Baker Institute’s 20th-anniversary event series.

Who: Leading U.S. immigration experts, including keynote speaker Demetrios Papademetriou, president and co-founder of the Migration Policy Institute.

What: “Immigration Reform: A System for the 21st Century” conference.

When: Tuesday, April 9, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.

Where: Rice University, Baker Hall, Doré Commons, 6100 Main St.

Panel topics are “Immigration and the Face of America,” “Security, the Economy and Immigration,” “Dealing with Immigration at the Local Level” and “Moving Forward on Immigration.” The conference is free and open to the public. RSVPs are requested at

The Baker Institute is celebrating its 20th year. To mark this milestone, the institute has planned a series of special events that highlight its programs and research. Throughout the year, lectures and conferences will focus on a host of important and timely issues.

To view the event description, agenda and panelist information, visit For more information about the Latin American Initiative, see A live webcast will be available at

Members of the news media who want to attend should RSVP to Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at or 713-348-6775.


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Founded in 1993, the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University in Houston ranks among the top 20 university-affiliated think tanks globally and top 30 think tanks in the United States. As a premier nonpartisan think tank, the institute conducts research on domestic and foreign policy issues with the goal of bridging the gap between the theory and practice of public policy. The institute’s strong track record of achievement reflects the work of its endowed fellows and Rice University scholars. Learn more about the institute at or on the institute’s blog,

About Jeff Falk

Jeff Falk is associate director of national media relations in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.