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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08.21.14

Obama Weighs Broader Move on Legal Immigration

ABC News

President Barack Obama is considering key changes in the nation's immigration system requested by tech, industry and powerful interest groups, in a move that could blunt Republicans' election-year criticism of the president's go-it-alone approach to immigration. Obama's options without new laws from Congress are limited and would only partially address obstacles business groups say are preventing them from hiring more workers. Even so, administration officials say these groups are urging the White House to help streamline a complex and unpredictable system.

Topics:  High-Skilled Labor; Immigration and the Economy

08.21.14

Seven Reasons Why Undocumented Immigrants are Rooted in America

Immigration Impact

Data from the Census Bureau and other sources paint a relatively detailed portrait of the unauthorized population and reveal the extent to which most unauthorized immigrants have roots in U.S. society. According to a new fact sheet from the American Immigration Council that summarizes this data:

Topics:  Immigration and the Economy; National Policy

08.21.14

We Must Fix Our Broken Immigration System

Religion & Politics

As an evangelical leader, Scripture and Christian tradition help shape the principles I bring to bear on the immigration debate. St. Augustine provides a guiding question for Christians interested in moral laws and good policies. When it comes to any action or law, Augustine asks, “What is the summa bonum (highest good)?” Christians and all people of good will should relentlessly pursue the highest good. The highest good could modernize our immigration system while providing a way for 11 million people, created in the image of God, to come out of the shadows. For the sake of our shared humanity, we must find a better way forward.

Topics:  National Policy

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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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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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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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