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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07.23.14

Refugee Children Don’t Need More Immigration Enforcement

Immigration Impact

A humanitarian crisis requires a humanitarian response. In the case of the unaccompanied children from Central America who are arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border, this would include decent food, shelter, and medical attention while in U.S. custody. Even more crucial, it would include careful screening of each child’s case to determine if he or she is eligible for asylum or some other form of relief from deportation. Nevertheless, a number of lawmakers have put forth legislative proposals that, among other things, would truncate the process by which refugee children from Central America are evaluated to determine their eligibility for asylum or other relief. Rather than seeing this crisis for what it is—a human rights tragedy involving desperate children fleeing conditions of extreme violence—these lawmakers are acting as if it were merely a matter of insufficient immigration enforcement. 

Topics:  Border Security; National Policy

07.23.14

As Labor Forces Shrink in Midwest, Can Immigrant Population Growth Keep Up?

StarTribune

The debate over immigration policy is fast taking on more economic significance as the aging Minnesota and Midwestern labor force is shrinking. The Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area added 108,000 immigrants to its population in the first decade of the millennium, more than any metro area in the Midwest other than Chicago and at a far faster rate than Chicago. It appears immigration has allowed the Twin Cities labor force to keep growing even as the overall workforce in Minnesota has started to decline.

Topics:  Immigration and the Economy; The Chicago Council

07.23.14

Study Shows St. Joseph As Part of Immigration Trends

St. Joseph News-Press

Rob Paral sees the aging of baby boomers like a flowing river. “They’re now moving into retirement,” he says, “and the river is narrower behind them.” Numbers show this as particularly profound in the Midwest, where the demographic trend has seen relatively flat population increases and, to continue the river metaphor, a cascade of individuals leaving their prime working years. What has filled the gap? To some extent, it has been immigrants.

Topics:  Immigration and the Economy; The Chicago Council

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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

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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Event with US Senator Dick Durbin

Chicago Council Program

Public Program by The Chicago Council on Global Affairs

07.08.13

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Indiana

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Kansas

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Michigan

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Minnesota

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South Dakota

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Wisconsin

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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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