Speaker Program: People, Policy and Rethinking America's Immigration Landscape

With 100 days until the 2024 election, immigration remains a top priority issue for voters. Record levels of migration to the United States in recent years have taxed an immigration system left nearly broken due to decades of congressional disputes and underinvestment. Sensational news coverage and partisan discourse about the border too often ignore the fundamental policy questions that underlie these debates: What exactly is happening at US borders and how can we make it better? Is there a way to preserve American interests and safely allow potential new citizens into the country? Inspired by powerful installations in our summer exhibition In Pursuit, this dynamic discussion brings together a cross-perspective panel of scholars and experts to delve into the complexities of immigration policy and its multifaceted impact on our society. Panelists will separate fact from fiction around key issues such as border security, placement of refugees, and paths to citizenship, and offer possible solutions and suggestions for reform.

Meet the Panelists:

David J. Bier
Director of Immigration Studies at the Cato Institute

Jonathan Grode
U.S. Practice Director and Managing Partner at Green and Spiegel, an Immigration Law Firm

Anuj Gupta
President and CEO at the Welcoming Center