Bridging the Immigration Divide
March 26, 2015
The “brain drain” caused by current immigration laws discourages foreign students who’ve obtained a degree in the United States from remaining here to pursue employment or entrepreneurial opportunities, and in the process enhance U.S. growth and competitiveness. Finding common ground on immigration reform is a challenge in today’s polarized political atmosphere, and the need for deliberate, collegial debate and discussion is acute.
On March 26,2015, the Dreier Roundtable (DRt) and the Brookings Institution hosted DRt’s inaugural Washington, DC, conference, focusing on how to retain foreign graduates of U.S. universities in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). Brookings and DRt scholars presented ideas for reform and worked to find consensus on updating U.S. visa laws to prevent losing talented graduates in areas vital to the American economy. This conference reflected DRt’s core values of bipartisan engagement on critical public policy issues in an atmosphere of mutual interest and respect.
CONFERENCE SCHEDULE, VIDEOS, AND PICTURES
FULL CONFERENCE VIDEO
The Hon. David Dreier
Distinguished Fellow, The Brookings Institution
William Antholis, Director and CEO, Miller Center, University of Virginia
- Hiram Chodosh, President, Claremont McKenna College
- Daniel Costa, Director, Immigration Law and Policy Research, Economic Policy Institute
- Amy Nice, Executive Director, Immigration Policy, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
- Neil Ruiz, Senior Policy Analyst and Associate Fellow, The Brookings Institution
Barry Jackson, Managing Director, The Lindsey Group; Strategic Advisor at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP; Former Chief of Staff, Speaker John Boehner (R-OH); Former Assistant for Strategic Initiatives and External Affairs, President George W. Bush.
Felicia Escobar, Special Assistant to the President for Immigration Policy