Immigration topic of Baker Institute webinar

Immigration document

HOUSTON – (Nov. 1, 2021) – Policy experts will discuss the future of immigration reform and how to handle the 10.5 million people already living in the United States illegally at an upcoming webinar from Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

ImmigrationAt the virtual conference, a panel of experts will discuss the challenges and the alternatives available to policymakers to provide practical solutions that benefit the country. The next decade will mark major demographic turning points for the U.S., and the implementation of legal immigration channels that meet the needs of the its diverse economy will be necessary.

Republicans and Democrats agree that the current immigration system is broken, but they disagree on how to fix it. For decades, increasing polarization on the issue has stalled various attempts to reform it.

This event is co-sponsored by the Baker Institute’s Center for the United States and Mexico, the Center for Houston’s Future and the George W. Bush Institute

What: Baker Institute webinar, "The Way Forward: Immigration Reform for the 21st Century.”

Who: Tony Payan, director of the Center for the U.S. and Mexico; KP George, Fort Bend County Judge; Brett Perlman, CEO of the Center for Houston’s Future; David Bier, research fellow at the Cato Institute; Jeremy Robbins, executive director at New American Economy; Todd Schulte, president and executive director of FWD.us; Madeline Zavodny, professor of economics at the University of North Florida; Laura Collins, director of the Bush Institute-Southern Methodist University Economic Growth Initiative; Laurence Benenson, vice president of policy and advocacy at the National Immigration Forum; Theresa Cardinal Brown, managing director of immigration and cross-border policy at the Bipartisan Policy Center; Julia Gelatt, senior policy analyst at the Migration Policy Institute; and Jose Ivan Rodriguez-Sanchez, research scholar at the Center for the U.S. and Mexico.

When: Thursday, Nov. 4, 9-11:45 a.m. CDT

Where: Online; the event is free, but registration is required. A recording will be available after the event.