Over the past five years, the immigration debate has become a top priority for many voters, pundits, and politicians. Among conservatives and members of the Republican Party there has been disagreement over the path forward. Some consider support for an expansive immigration policy – including amnesty, loose enforcement, and increased legal immigration – as essential in order to court immigrant voters. Others believe that continued mass immigration is incompatible with the goals of shrinking government and, in fact, strengthens the hand of those calling for expanded government and more liberal social policies.
The Center for Immigration Studies held a panel to consider these points of view, featuring two leading authors and two respondents.
The panel discussion was on Wednesday, September 1, 2010, at 9:30 a.m. in the Zenger Room at the National Press Club, 14th and F Streets, NW.
James G. Gimpel, Professor of Government at the University of Maryland, College Park, and author of the study, 'Immigration, Political Realignment, and the Demise of Republican Political Prospects.'
Ruy Teixeira, Senior Fellow at the Century Foundation and the Center for American Progress, and author of the study, 'Demographic Change and the Future of the Parties.'
Ramesh Ponnuru, senior editor at National Review magazine.
David Frum, editor of FrumForum.com and author of Comeback: Conservatism that Can Win Again.
Moderator: Mark Krikorian, Executive Director of the Center for Immigration Studies.
Introduction by Mark Krikorian
Statement by James P. Gimpel