The Center for Immigration Studies hosted a panel discussion on Thursday, December 7, focusing on the history of the bi-partisan 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act banning the employment of illegal immigrants and the subsequent bipartisan failure to follow through. The speakers will included Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX), who has re-introduced mandatory E-Verify in the House, and Dr. Lindsay Lowell, previous Director of Research at the Congressionally-appointed Commission on Immigration Reform where he was also Assistant Director for the Mexico/U.S. Binational Study on Migration. Rep. Smith and Dr. Lowell joined by Jerry Kammer of the Center for Immigration Studies, who recently authored a book, entitled “What Happened to Worksite Enforcement?” which traces immigration reform over five administrations.
This timely conversation comes as Congress again takes up debate on the tools needed to control illegal immigration and the possibility of packaging a DACA amnesty with an E-Verify mandate and an end to chain migration.
WHAT: Panel discussion on worksite enforcement
WHEN: Thursday, December 7, 2017, at 9:15a.m.
WHERE: National Press Club, Murrow Room, 529 14th St, NW, 13th Floor, Washington, D.C.
REP. LAMAR SMITH
Rep. Smith represents Texas’ 21st congressional district and is the former Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, presently serving on the immigration subcommittee. Earlier this year he introduced The Legal Workforce Act, which requires employers to use the federal government’s employment verification system to ensure workers are legally authorized to work in the U.S. He also serves on the Homeland Security Committee.
DR. LINDSAY LOWELL:
Dr. Lowell is a Visiting Researcher at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. He is the previous Director of Policy Studies for Institute for the Study of International Migration. He was previously Director of Research at the Congressionally-appointed Commission on Immigration Reform where he was also Assistant Director for the Mexico/U.S.
Senior Research Fellow, Center for Immigration Studies
A Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter who has been covering immigration for over 30 years.
MARK KRIKORIAN (Moderator)
Executive Director, Center for Immigration Studies