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The 2013 Rosemary P. and John W. Galbraith Conference on Immigration

Immigration Reform: Politics, Policy, and Process

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The Miller Center is a nonpartisan institute that seeks to provide critical insights for the nation’s governance challenges.

October 10, 2013 - October 11, 2013

Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center

Washington, D.C.

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

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