Barbour, Cisneros and Chertoff to speak at Rice University’s Baker Institute

Haley Barbour

A Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) conversation on border security, its role in reform and the implications for border communities will be held at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. July 11. BPC Immigration Task Force co-chairs Haley Barbour and Henry Cisneros and task force member Michael Chertoff will lead the discussion.

Henry Cisneros

As Congress grapples with immigration reform, border security remains a critical component of the debate. Barbour, Cisneros and Chertoff will talk about why many in Congress — and around the country — consider securing the southern border and effectively enforcing the country’s immigration laws essential to reforming the U.S. immigration system.

Barbour, former governor of Mississippi; Cisneros, former secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development; and Chertoff, former secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, will present “The Evolving Immigration Debate: Reform and Our National Security.”

Founded in 2007 by former Senate Majority Leaders Howard Baker, Tom Daschle, Bob Dole and George Mitchell, the Bipartisan Policy Center is a non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C., that drives principled solutions through rigorous analysis, reasoned negotiation and respectful dialogue. With projects in multiple issue areas, BPC combines politically-balanced policymaking with strong, proactive advocacy and outreach.

The event, which will be webcast, is part of the BPC Immigration Task Force led by Barbour, former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Cisneros.

The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required via the BPC website.

About David Ruth

David Ruth is director of national media relations in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.