Keeping the Promise: Immigration Proposals from the Heartland


The Chicago Council on Global Affairs released its task force report, Keeping the Promise: Immigration Proposals from the Heartland, on June 10, 2004. The report concludes that immigrants play a vital role in health and prosperity of the country, and that comprehensive reform of current U.S. immigration laws and policies are urgently needed to ensure the growth, success, and safety of U.S. society in the future.

The Chicago Council on Global Affairs convened the independent task force of twenty-nine leaders from the Midwest and beyond in September 2003 to examine the opportunities and challenges posed by immigration in the U.S. and develop a set of recommendations for national policy reform. In addition to regular meetings in Chicago, task force cochairs visited Washington D.C., Ottawa, Canada, and Mexico City, Mexico, to hear views from government officials and policy experts.

Generous support from the Robert R. McCormick Tribune Foundation, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, Motorola Inc., Margot Pritzker, and the Joyce Foundation made this task force and its report possible.


Jim Edgar, former Governor of Illinois

Doris Meissner, former Commissioner, U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Services

Alejandro Silva, President, Evans Food Products, Inc.

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