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Senior Fellow Richard C. Longworth at Rotary Club

“Mostly, when it comes time to write a new immigration law, the Midwest needs to speak with one voice in demanding that Midwestern needs for more workers and citizens are met.” Richard C. Longworth in Caught in the Middle: America’s Heartland in the Age of Globalism Richard Longworth is senior fellow at The Chicago Council on Global […]

Immigration Reform: Bridging the Divide

Discussion with Mayor Emanuel, Representative Gutierrez, Representative Kinzinger, Senator Kirk, and John Rowe The Bipartisan Panel featured: The Honorable Rahm Emanuel, Mayor, City of Chicago The Honorable Luis Gutiérrez, United States House of Representatives The Honorable Adam Kinzinger, United States House of Representatives The Honorable Mark Kirk, United States Senate Moderated by John Rowe, Chairman Emeritus, […]

Growing the Heartland: Immigration as a Demographic Lifeline

Nearly one million immigrants moved to the 12-state Midwest between 2000 and 2010, offsetting an otherwise-shrinking population, according to new data released in The Chicago Council’s “Growing the Heartland” report. With the region growing more slowly than the national average over the past 50 years, immigrants are a demographic lifeline, replacing an aging native-born workforce, […]

MidWestImmigration – Back Again

Midwestimmigration.org was website devoted to immigration reform in the early 10s. It was a project of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs (CGGA). If you want to see CGGA’s current immigration project, they brought it in house as opposed to having a separate website, you can click here. Our plan is to recreate the website […]

Midwest Attorneys Can Help Refugee Children

August 11, 2014 Years ago—before such cases were making headlines and further gridlocking Congress—I represented twin ten-year-old boys from Honduras. They had fled physical abuse from family members and persecution by street gangs. But one of the greatest injustices they had to endure was in the courtroom in the United States, being subjected to an […]

Administrative Action on Immigration Policy Can Solve Some Midwest Challenges, But Not All

August 4, 2014 Earlier this summer, President Obama announced plans to pursue administrative action on immigration reform, reacting to the bitter stalemate in Congress. While the nation has turned its attention to the urgent need to address the thousands of unaccompanied minors arriving at our southern border, others are eagerly awaiting news of what the […]

Discussing Immigration in Madison, Wisconsin

December 13, 2013 When most people discuss Wisconsin’s stake in the immigration debate, they think of the migrant workers in the dairy industry. And with reason: forty percent of Wisconsin’s dairy farm workers are immigrants, and yet, the current U.S. immigration system doesn’t offer a low-skilled year-round visa to legally employ them long-term. Add to […]