Who We Are

Learn about the Task Force and get involved by joining the Group of 500.

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 Task Force’s final report, which outlines what the region needs fixed in order to remain competitive. 

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07.24.14

Lack of Immigration Reform Slows U.S.-Mexico Economic Growth: Mexican Official

Reuters

The growing network of cross-border ties with Mexico, including trade equaling $1 million every minute, is threatened by the lack of progress toward immigration reform in the United States, Mexico's foreign secretary said on Wednesday.

Topics:  Immigration and the Economy; National Policy

07.24.14

Pro-Immigration Group Gets Support From Lansing Mayor

WLIX-TV

Dozens of pro-immigration supporters rallied in Lansing on Wednesday, asking leaders to declare the city a safe place for Central American children who crossed the border illegally. Now the group has found support in an important place, the mayor's office.

Topics:  Border Security; National Policy

07.24.14

Education and Immigration: Why Keeping International Students Is a Good Thing for the Economy

Huffington Post

The United States is seeing increasing numbers of international students. According to the International Students Report, 819,644 international studied in U.S. colleges and universities in 2013. Francesco Sanchez, the undersecretary for international trade at the Commerce Department, has said that the U.S. has "no better export." Former Secretary of Treasury, and former Harvard president Larry Summers, acknowledges that "exporting higher education" is a vital part of his own recommendations for encouraging economic growth.

Topics:  High-Skilled Labor; Immigration and the Economy

Midwestern Leaders


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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 informing Midwestern leadership about the issues. 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-four 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 and


National Forums

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Events

Growing the Heartland: Immigration as a Demographic Lifeline

August 12, 2014 from 12:00 - 1:15 p.m. To attend, RSVP to Melissa Guinan, program officer, studies at mguinan@thechicagocouncil.org or 312-821-7554

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Immigration Reform: Bridging the Divide

Discussion with Mayor Emanuel, Representative Gutierrez, Representative Kinzinger, Senator Kirk, and John Rowe

02.18.14

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Senior Fellow Richard C. Longworth at Rotary Club

Luncheon addressed Immigration in the Midwest

01.14.14

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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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Ohio

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South Dakota

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Wisconsin

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Know the Issues

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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Commentaries

Immigration experts, practitioners, and other stakeholders share their unique perspectives on present systematic challenges and future workforce needs. New commentaries are published regularly by invited guest authors. Sign-up to receive updates.

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The Report

The Report

Read the Task Force’s final report, which outlines the Midwest’s stake in the immigration debate and lays out what the region needs fixed in order to remain economically competitive. 

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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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