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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04.23.14

Maybe Immigration Reform Isn’t Dead After All

CNN

Conventional political wisdom suggests that immigration reform in a midterm election year has a snowball's chance in July of getting any traction. But maybe that wisdom isn't so conventional. Some Republicans say they are warily preparing for the possibility that President Barack Obama could use executive action this summer to bypass congressional gridlock and act on immigration reform.

Topics:  National Policy

04.23.14

Oberweis, Rauner Refuse to Back Senate-Approved Immigration Reform Measure

Chicago Tribune

The two candidates at the top of the Illinois Republican ticket this fall spoke at an event Tuesday designed to pressure the state’s GOP congressional delegation to pass sweeping immigration changes, but both refused to give their outright support for the legislation that’s already passed the U.S. Senate.

Topics:  Border Security; Immigration and the Economy

04.22.14

Aaron Schock, Adam Kinzinger to Back Legal Status

Politico

Two House Republicans from Illinois are endorsing some sort of legal status for immigrants in the country illegally, adding renewed GOP support for immigration reform efforts that have come to a standstill on Capitol Hill.

Topics:  Immigration and the Economy; 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

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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In Your State

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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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Ohio

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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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