Immigration reform is at the top of the congressional and presidential agendas. The economic, national security, and human rights impacts of the nation’s immigration system mandate reform informed by objective, data-driven, empirical research and analysis.
There is consensus that the current system is fundamentally flawed. As a nation, we can no longer afford to turn away and ignore the status quo. The time is ripe to address this important issue through bipartisan, common-ground solutions.
In 2013, the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) launched the Immigration Task Force, led by former Governors Haley Barbour and Ed Rendell, former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Henry Cisneros, and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. The co-chairs and task force members bring together a wealth of practical and political experience as well as a commitment to finding solutions to the nation’s immigration challenges.
BPC’s Immigration Task Force is working to develop and promote policy options among its diverse group and is focusing on four primary issue areas: controlling the flow of unauthorized immigration, legalization and citizenship, legal immigration, and economic impacts.
The task force members are committed to helping to keep the current political momentum going through targeted public events and engagement as well as the production of objective analysis on a range of key topics. While the task force began with no stated view on the merits of a single approach or a sequence of legislative actions, members believe that it is important to have a deliberate, thoughtful, and transparent approach to reform. Through such a process, bipartisan consensus can be reached to fix a system that is fundamentally broken.