TODAY: Leaders to Elevate Conversation on Immigrants, Immigration

Assistant Director of Communications

October 23, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. — America will thrive when new Americans have the opportunities, skills and status to reach their fullest potential.

That’s the premise for Immigration 2020, a conversation on immigrants and immigration that will focus on immigrants’ contributions as America’s demographics continue to change. The National Immigration Forum is holding a National Strategy Session today to launch this conversation.

“Immigrants have been the lifeblood of American prosperity since our founding,” said Linda Chavez, President of Becoming American Institute and a speaker this morning. “By providing opportunities to newcomers, we enrich all Americans.”

Participants will include faith, law enforcement, business and other civic leaders who already have transformed the immigration narrative and will continue to do so in the months and years ahead. More than 120 leaders from at least 18 states and D.C. are expected.

“Even amid economic concerns about the impact of new immigrants, national public opinion polling throughout 2014 consistently finds majority support for a path to citizenship for immigrants living in the country illegally,” said Robert P. Jones, CEO of the nonpartisan Public Religion Research Institute and a featured speaker this morning. “In the case of unaccompanied children from Central America, recent polling also shows a strong majority of Americans in favor of treating them primarily as refugees while their cases are being reviewed.”

WHAT: Immigration 2020 National Strategy Session
WHEN: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today, Oct. 23
WHERE: Pavilion Room, Ronald Reagan Building, Washington, D.C.
Live stream available at
WHO: The agenda is available here. In addition, the Immigration 2020 Leadership Council and Host Committee comprise dozens of leaders from across the country and across the political spectrum.

Follow the conversation at #immigration2020.