Secretary Michael Chertoff to Reflect on Immigration Reform, Then and Now, in North Carolina

Assistant Director of Communications

September 4, 2013

BPC Immigration Task Force Member and Former Secretary of Homeland Security Will Discuss Lessons Learned from the 2006-2007 Immigration Reform Debate As Well as Pressing Issues in the Current Debate; Panel Discussion to Follow

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Former Secretary Michael Chertoff, a member of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s (BPC) Immigration Task Force, will join Bibles, Badges and Business for Immigration Reform and the North Carolina Farm Bureau to discuss the current immigration reform debate from his unique perspective as the former Secretary of Homeland Security.  Secretary Chertoff was a lead negotiator in the attempt to reform immigration laws in 2007 and was intimately involved in developing and implementing border security and immigration policy.

The politically diverse members of BPC’s Immigration Task Force, including Secretary Chertoff, have agreed upon an initial set of principles and policy recommendations within four key areas that they see as critical to fixing our broken system. These bipartisan recommendations constitute a sampling of areas where stakeholders can compromise, agree on key principles, and move the immigration debate forward. Click here to read the recommendations.

Secretary Chertoff’s keynote will be followed by a panel discussion comprising North Carolina faith and business leaders who will speak about broad reform.

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WHAT: A Conversation with BPC’s Secretary Chertoff, the North Carolina Farm Bureau, and Bibles, Badges and Business for Immigration Reform


WHO: Keynote: Secretary Michael Chertoff, Former Secretary of Homeland Security, BPC Immigration Task Force Member

Panel Discussion to Follow:

Raudel Hernandez, Pastor, Summit en Español

Charles Kuck, Managing Partner, Kuck Immigration Partners LLC

Bert Lemkes, Co-owner, VanWingerden International, Inc.

Larry Wooten, President, North Carolina Farm Bureau


WHEN: Tuesday, September 10, 2013

12:30 p.m. EDT

WHERE: 5301 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh, NC 27612

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