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

Leading immigration, public policy experts to discuss issues, solutions

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.

The conference will be from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Baker Hall’s Doré Commons.

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.” Keynote speaker is Demetrios Papademetriou, president and co-founder of the Migration Policy Institute. 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

About Jeff Falk

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