Leading the Way 2019 Speakers

Conversation 1: Courage to Lead

This award recognizes one Democrat and one Republican who work across the aisle to advance bipartisan immigration solutions. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Richard Durbin (D-IL), joined the Forum’s executive director, Ali Noorani, in conversation, discussing their support for immigration reform.

Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO)

Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL)

Conversation 2: A Civil Discourse

The extreme polarization in our political parties has become a barrier to compromise and progress on policies that could improve our country and the American people. Our country’s biggest challenges have become political battlegrounds, no better example than the current immigration debate. These highly regarded and influential thought leaders joined us to discuss how we can bridge ideological differences and come together for meaningful change.

Cherie Harder


The Trinity Forum


Dr. Russell Moore


Ethics & Religious Liberties Commission

of the Southern Baptist Convention

Michael Wear

Chief Strategist

The AND Campaign


Conversation 3: From the National Economy to Local Communities: The Benefits of American Immigration

Immigration to the United States influences life at every level, and our country has changed as a result. This was a dive into the ways we’ve improved as a nation thanks to immigration, with an economic and societal focus.

Chief Carmen Best

Chief of Police

Seattle Police Department

Mark Holden

Board Member

Americans for Prosperity

Marcela García

Editorial Writer & Columnist

Boston Globe

Conversation 4: Humanity and Security at the Border

Immigration across the U.S.-Mexico border has been an extremely divisive issue this year. Our speakers gave an update on what’s happening at the border, factors driving migrants to the U.S., and a look into how border communities are impacted.

Heather Sells


Christian Broadcasting Network

Sister Norma Pimentel

Executive Director

Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley

Andrew Selee


Migration Policy Institute

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