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Architecture for Immigration Reform:

Architecture for Immigration Reform:

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Architecture for Immigration Reform:
Fitting the Pieces o Public Policy
University of Denver • Strategic Issues Program • 2009 Immigration Panel Final Report
 
Tale of Contents
Letter From the Chancellor .............................................................................................
1
Overview From the Panel Chair .....................................................................................
2
Report of the Universit of Denver Strategic Issues Panel on Immigration ..................
4
Gloal Migration ......................................................................................................
4
A Shifting World .................................................................................................
4
The Rise of U.S. Immigration .............................................................................
6
Drivers of Migration ...........................................................................................
7
 A Foundation for Polic ............................................................................................
9
Purpose and Priorities ........................................................................................
9
Immigration Goals ............................................................................................
10
Federal and State Roles ...................................................................................
14
Reforming the Sstem ...........................................................................................
16
The Need for Change ........................................................................................
16
A Simplied System .........................................................................................
18
Immigration Management Commission ............................................................
20
Per-country Limitations.....................................................................................
22
National Securit ...................................................................................................
24
Border Security .................................................................................................
24
The Central Role of Employers .........................................................................
25
Employment Identication Card .......................................................................
27
Social Vitalit .........................................................................................................
29
A Common Language .......................................................................................
29
Existing Illegal Immigrants ...............................................................................
30
Public Services to Illegal Immigrants ...............................................................
34
Economic Advantage ..............................................................................................
36
Attracting Skilled Workers ................................................................................
36
Temporary Workers ...........................................................................................
39
Famil Unication ..................................................................................................
42
Conclusion .............................................................................................................
44
Summar of Panel Recommendations .........................................................................
45
Panel Memers ............................................................................................................
47
 Acknowledgments ........................................................................................................
48
 
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Te measure o a great university is its commitmentto the public good, and the manner in which it actson that commitment to achieve results that have areal and positive impact. At the University o Denver,we believe that one o our roles is to stimulate a richand inormed public discourse on critical issues inthe belie that such discourse will contribute to a just,prosperous and sustainable uture or Colorado, ourhome since 1864.It is with that goal in mind that the University sponsors the Strategic Issues Program. Te programbrings together concerned citizens rom across thestate, convening as a strategic issues panel, to examinethe many acets o a single complex issue. Previouspanels have examined Colorado’s economic uture,water issues and Colorado’s need or constitutionalreorm. Te reports rom these panels have stimulatedboth urther debate and positive actions.Te work o the 2008–2009 strategic issues panelconronted one o our nation’s thorniest, mostcomplex and politically charged issues—immigration,both legal and illegal. Depending on one’s perspective,the issue is driven by considerations o humanrights, respect or the law, business/labor relations,the evolution o the U.S. economy, the educationalrights o children, separation o authority between thestates and the ederal government, the undamentalnature o the relationships between the U.S. andits neighboring countries, or the basic attributes o citizenship itsel. Te panel was comprised o twenty distinguished citizens whose lives, belies and politicalpersuasions span a very broad spectrum. Teir work was inormed by in-depth research and ace-to-aceinteractions with a vast array o experts in all o theareas noted above. As you read this report, you willnd that in spite o the many dimensions o the issueand the disparate perspectives brought to the table by the panel members, a thoughtul, act-based approachdid indeed bring consensus.We hope that the work o this panel and the ideasbrought orth in this report will stimulate similarly civil, thoughtul, act-based debate among the publicat large and its representatives in government,such that this broader conversation might lead to adesperately needed consensus or action.
Robert D. CoombeChancellor, University o Denver
Letter from the Chancellor 

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