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Implementing Immigration Reform: Imagining the Possibilities

Symposium report


Comprehensive immigration reform is currently one of the most pressing issues for the U.S. President and the 113th U.S. Congress, and for months lawmakers have explored potential reforms that would replace an immigration structure largely in place since 1986. Regardless of whether new immigration reform legislation is passed, however, efficient and effective implementation of the U.S. immigration system will remain one of the greatest structural challenges facing the United States.

To facilitate a dialogue about implementation strategies, solutions, and innovations in this complex and dynamic ecosystem, Deloitte and Georgetown University’s Institute for the Study of International Migration (ISIM) co-hosted “Implementing Immigration Reform: Imagining the Possibilities” on September 25, 2013 at Georgetown University. The event theme, “Imagining the Possibilities,” highlighted the collaboration necessary for successful implementation, and served as the backdrop for conversations among leaders from federal government agencies, Capitol Hill, private sector organizations, non-profits, think tanks, and academia. The discussion centered on several topics:

  • The current Administration’s stance on comprehensive immigration reform
  • Perspectives from Congress on the progress of reform legislation
  • Border Security: Current border security challenges, opportunities to enhance border security, the border security provisions in the currently proposed legislation and their enforcement implications
  • Public-Private Partnerships: Lessons learned from previous regularization efforts and initiatives to promote integration
  • Meeting Future Labor Demands: Potential impacts of the expansion of employment-based visas, pros and cons of the requirements for the visas, and the extent to which they adequately address future labor demand

Contributing authors:

Zachary Brown, ISIM, Georgetown University
B. Lindsay Lowell, ISIM, Georgetown University
Claire Niech, Deloitte Consulting LLP
Markham Shofner, Deloitte Consulting LLP
Cindy Shuck, Deloitte Consulting LLP

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