Who We Are

Learn about the Task Force, its members, and how to get involved.

Know the Issues

Examine the immigration debate through issue briefs, news articles, and suggested readings.

Events

View upcoming events as well as multimedia from past events.

In Your State

Explore immigration state by state, including demographics, legislative histories, and labor force data.

The Report

Read the final report, coming in March of 2013. In the meantime, access “Spotlight Stories” and find out what the press is saying about the Task Force.

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07.01.13

A Republican Case for Immigration Reform

The Wall Street Journal

Now that the Senate has passed comprehensive immigration reform, the action shifts to the House of Representatives. Here the GOP's informal "Hastert Rule" requires Speaker John Boehner to have majority support among Republicans before he will bring legislation to the floor for a vote. That means an immigration bill will need a far greater share of Republican House members than the Senate version received (where fewer than one-third of Republicans voted "aye").

This is a tall order. But it is one to which House Republicans should respond.

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09.22.12

Deportation Deferrals Put Employers of Immigrants in a Bind

New York Times

Manuel Cunha was initially excited when President Obama announced in June that he would suspend the deportations of hundreds of thousands of young illegal immigrants...

Topics:  DREAM Act; National Policy

09.21.12

Immigration Slows, Lowers Proportion of Latin Americans in US

EFE

Immigration to the United States last year had its smallest increase in a decade, and the proportion of Latin Americans among immigrants fell, according to calculations published Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau...

Topics:  Border Security; Immigration and the Economy

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Who We Are

About the Task Force

The Task Force exists to deepen public understanding of immigration and its importance to the region’s economic future by mobilizing Midwestern leadership around the issue. Through dialogue and outreach, its members are working to forge consensus around sensible immigration policy at the state and national levels. The Task Force’s final report articulates the Midwest’s stake in immigration and outlines what the region needs fixed for it to remain economically competitive.

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Group of 500

The Group of 500, or G500, is a growing assembly of the region’s business, political, and civic leaders who support the report’s findings and recommendations. The creation of the Group of 500 is a key component of the Task Force’s effort to present the Midwestern perspective for immigration reform to policymakers in Washington, D.C.

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The Task Force Members

The Task Force is a bipartisan group comprised of nine cochairs and forty-five other thought leaders drawn from the business, civic, religious, advocacy, and educational sectors across the Midwest. The Midwest is defined as the twelve-state region that comprises the nation’s traditional industrial core (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin) and the Great Plains region (Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota).

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Regional Forums:


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Events

A View from Detroit

Regional Forum

Moderated by Steve Tobocman, Director, Global Detroit
. In collaboration with Global Detroit and ImmigrationWorks, USA.

08.29.12

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A View from Indiana

Regional Forum

Moderated by Suresh Garimella, Associate Vice President for Engagement, 
Purdue University. 
In collaboration with Greater Lafayette Commerce, Purdue University, and ImmigrationWorks, USA.

08.28.12

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A View from Minnesota

Regional Forum

Moderated by Katherine Fennelly, Professor of Public Affairs, Humphrey School of Public Affairs,
 University of Minnesota
. In collaboration with the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, The Minneapolis Foundation, The Minnesota Business and Immigration Coalition, the Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota, and ImmigrationWorks, USA.

08.22.12

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State-by-State


Demographics

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In Your State

Illinois

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Indiana

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Iowa

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Kansas

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Michigan

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Minnesota

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Missouri

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Nebraska

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North Dakota

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Ohio

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South Dakota

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Wisconsin

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Immigration Debate

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Know the Issues

Past Chicago Council Reports

The Chicago Council on Global Affairs has long been examining the importance of immigration in our city, region, and nation. Find our most recent reports here.

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Issue Briefs

Familiarize yourself with the issues surrounding the immigration debate such as border security and the DREAM Act. You’ll also find information on various visas and the “path” to citizenship.

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Further Reading

Links to selected articles and additional voices in the immigration debate; useful for personal research or for sparking further conversation in your community.

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Final Report


To Be Released


March 2013

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The Report

The Report

Due for a March 2013 release, the Task Force’s final report outlines the Midwest’s stake in the immigration debate and lays out what the region needs fixed in order to remain economically competitive. The report is the result of 18 months of regional dialogue.

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Spotlight Stories

Read about the individuals and communities in the Midwest at the forefront of integrating immigrants. Furthermore, find out how immigrants themselves are transforming their neighborhoods for the better. These stories will be included in the final report, and have been provided in advance of the release.

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Media Coverage

Read what others around the region are saying about the work of the Immigration Task Force on Immigration and U.S. Economic Competitiveness. This section archives all Task Force related press.

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