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Midwestern Leaders
For Immigration
Policy Change

The Task Force exists to deepen public understanding of immigration and its importance to the

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.

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.

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).

Regional and
National Forums


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

Immigration Reform: Bridging the Divide

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

Senior Fellow Richard C. Longworth at Rotary Club

Luncheon addressed Immigration in the Midwest


In Your State

Explore the
Immigration Debate

Know the Issues

Know the Issues

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

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.


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

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.

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.