Immigration and US Economic Competitiveness: A View from the Midwest (Chicago Release)

Clare Muñana, President, Ancora Associates Inc.; John Rowe, Retired Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Exelon Corporation; Samuel C. Scott III, Retired Chairman, President and CEO of Corn Products International, Inc. Moderated by Niala Boodhoo.

The economic future of the Midwest rests, in part, on US immigration policy. The twin realities of a struggling industrial base and population decline demand a rethinking of how the country and region attracts and retains human capital. For too long, Washington has delayed reforming immigration policy, and new voices must enter the discussion. To address this vital issue, The Chicago Council convened a 53-member bipartisan task force in December 2011 to educate Midwestern leadership and enhance public understanding of immigration’s importance to the region’s economic future. Join the cochairs as they discuss the task force’s key findings for moving the region and country toward a more immigrant‐supporting, economically successful future. The final report, US Competitiveness at Risk: A Midwest Call to Action on Immigration, written by Tamar Jacoby, will be available at the program. Visit MidwestImmigration.org for more information.

Generous funding for this project has been provided by the Searle Funds at The Chicago Community Trust, Exelon Foundation, the Lumina Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, and Chicago Council Board member and task force cochair Clare Muñana.

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