Miller Center

Immigration Reform: Politics, Policy and Process

The Rosemary P. and John W. Galbraith Conference on Immigration

Among the most contentious of today’s policymaking challenges is the issue of immigration. Comprehensive reform has languished for more than a decade, locked in political stalemate, despite near consensus that the nation’s immigration system is fundamentally broken. All the while, significant contributions to U.S. innovation and economic competitiveness have been stymied by existing immigration provisions. What does the historical and cultural context of immigration reform tell us about prospects for legislative action? What are the impediments facing implementing effective policy? What are the implications of reform along electoral and party lines?

This conference will look beyond the travails of a "broken" legislature slouching toward immigration reform. Featuring eminent scholars from political science, economics, and law along with practitioners and policymakers, the conference will focus on three topics: The Historical, Legislative and Cultural Context for Immigration Reform; Prospects and Promise for Workplace and Border Security; and the Implications of Reform for Electoral and Party Alignments.

Organized by conference directors DAVID LEBLANG (Miller Center), SID MILKIS (Miller Center), and DANIEL TICHENOR (University of Oregon), “Immigration Reform: Politics, Policy and Process” will take place at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C., before an invited audience. It will be recorded for the Miller Center’s archives. If you are interested in attending, please contact Anne Carter Mulligan at acm8k@virginia.edu.

October 10, 2013
5:00 PM


Reception and Keynote Roundtable

Pavilion

On October 10, from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., the conference, “Immigration Reform: Politics, Policy and Process,” will kick off with a reception and keynote roundtable, "How Have the Media Covered Immigration Reform?" Participants include TED HESSON, FusionRYAN LIZZA, The New Yorker; JULIA PRESTON, The New York Times; and BETH REINHARD, National Journal. The roundtable will be moderated by RAY SUAREZ of PBS NewsHour.

Please contact Anne Carter Mulligan at acm8k@virginia.edu if you would like to attend this event.

 

Coming soon: Forum audio & video

October 11, 2013
8:30 AM


Conference Sessions

Polaris Suite

On October 11, from 8:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., sessions on "Immigration Reform: Historical, Legislative and Cultural Context;" "Workplace and Border Security;" and "Implications for Electoral and Party Alignments," will feature distinguished scholars from political science, economics, and law. DAVID A. MARTIN, University of Virginia School of Law, will deliver a lunch keynote: "What an Unbroken Immigration System Would Look Like."

Other participants include:

  • MUZAFFAR CHISHTI, Migration Policy Institute
  • JANICE FINE, Rutgers University       
  • NANCY FONER, The City University of New York 
  • REY KOSLOWSKI, State University of New York at Albany 
  • TAEKU LEE, University of California, Berkeley 
  • RYAN LIZZAThe New Yorker
  • NICOLE MELLOW, Williams College       
  • JULIA PRESTONThe New York Times     
  • KARTHICK RAMAKRISHNAN, University of California, Riverside 
  • GABRIEL SANCHEZ, University of New Mexico
  • AUDREY SINGER, Brookings Institution
  • DANIEL TICHENOR, University of Oregon                

If you are interested in attending, please contact Anne Carter Mulligan at acm8k@virginia.edu.