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


David Ruth

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

HOUSTON – (June 28, 2013) – 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.

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.

WHO:             Haley Barbour, former governor of Mississippi and co-chair of BPC Immigration Task Force;

Henry Cisneros, former secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban
Development and co-chair of BPC Immigration Task Force;

Michael Chertoff, former secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security,
chairman and co-founder of the Chertoff Group and member of BPC Immigration Task Force.

WHAT:           “The Evolving Immigration Debate: Reform and Our National Security.”

WHEN:           2-3 p.m. Thursday, July 11.

WHERE:        Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, Dore Commons,
Baker Hall, 6100 Main St.
The event will be webcast at

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 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.

Media who want to attend the event should RSVP with BPC at


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About David Ruth

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