Final outcome for immigration reform less than clear, Baker Institute expert says


David Ruth

Jeff Falk

Final outcome for immigration reform less than clear, Baker Institute expert says
Payan: It’s possible that immigration reform may not happen in 2013

HOUSTON – (Oct. 21, 2013) – As President Barack Obama has announced his renewed push for comprehensive immigration reform post-government shutdown, the final legislative outcome is less than clear, according to Tony Payan, a fellow for Mexico studies at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and director of the Baker Institute’s Mexico Center.

Payan said the key question regarding immigration reform is whether a successful coalition can be put together in the House of Representatives to pass comprehensive reform as the Senate has already done. “The final outcome is less than clear today, and it is entirely possible that immigration reform may not happen in the remainder of the year,” he said.

A key proponent of immigration reform, Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., will speak at the Baker Institute from 6 to 7:30 p.m. today. Gutierrez’s talk, “Still Dreaming: My Hopes for the Immigration Reform Bill,” will be in Baker Hall’s Doré Commons, 6100 Main St. For more information about this public event, see

In addition to being a Baker Institute fellow, Payan is an associate professor of political science at the University of Texas at El Paso and serves on the graduate faculty of the Universidad Autónoma de Juárez in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico. His area of study is international relations, with an emphasis on U.S. and Mexican foreign policy and U.S.-Mexico relations. He is the author of “The Three U.S.-Mexico Border Wars: Drugs, Immigration and Homeland Security” and other books.

The Baker Institute has a radio and television studio available for media who want to schedule an interview with Payan. For more information, contact Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at or 713-348-6775.


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