With the deepening economic crisis gripping the administration and Congress, immigration reform has fallen from the ranks of top-tier issues slated to command congressional attention in the coming months. Yet the problems and impacts of the current dysfunctional system continue to dominate the workings and circumstances of countless communities and workplaces around the nation. In addition, immigration issues are ever-present in legislative debates, whether the issue is re-authorization of E-Verify as part of budget bills or stimulus funding being spent to generate jobs that might be filled by unauthorized workers. This panel will examine what the most recent polling shows about public attitudes regarding immigration reform and what policy changes can realistically be expected from Washington from both Congress and key areas of the executive branch.
Session Moderator: Doris Meissner, Senior Fellow and Director of the US Immigration Policy Program, Migration Policy Institute
Serena Hoy, Senior Counsel, Senator Harry Reid of Nevada
Rick Johnson, Vice President, Lake Research Partners
John Morton, Assistant Secretary for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), US Department of Homeland Security
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