ISIM and MacArthur Foundation Host Event Series On Immigration Reform

The Institute, with the support of the MacArthur Foundation, is organizing a series of public presentations, as well as expert roundtables that address the challenges of immigration reform. “We want to inform debate on immigration reform, especially the implementation challenges,” says Susan Martin, ISIM executive director and the Donald G. Herzberg Chair in International Migration. 

We have hosted two high-profile events on campus, featuring a large symposium co-hosted with Deloitte Consulting which began with a discussion between Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Maryland) and former Rep. Tom Davis (R-Virgina). Comments followed from Felicia Escobar, Senior Policy Director for Immigration of the White House Domestic Policy Council. Experts on later panels gave perspective to the challenges of border enforcement, public-private partnerships, and meeting future labor demand. We were also pleased to host with the University this past November a talk by U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) a Georgetown alum (Georgetown SFS’66; Law’69).

We also organized two expert roundtables. These invitation-only meetings convene experts from the stakeholder community to discuss lessons learned from past and current policies and the most promising paths forward for implementing immigration policies. The first roundtable addressed how to best manage possible future regularizations. A second roundtable addressed worksite enforcement both of work authorization and labor law. Future meetings will next address family immigration, border security, temporary work programs for lesser skilled migrants, and working visas for highly skilled migration. 

If you are interested in learning more about this project, please contact ISIM Research Associate Zachary Brown at