Leading the Way: An American Approach to Immigration

November 6, 2019 8:00 am - November 7, 2019 9:00 pm | Washington, DC
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Leading the Way brings together moderate and conservative faith, law enforcement and business leaders from across the country to network, advocate on Capitol Hill, and hear from influential leaders on the future of immigration.

Join us on November 6th and 7th for this exclusive, invitation-only gathering. Across two days and eight events, 150 advocates will participate in constituency meetings, a general session, meetings with congressional offices and the Keepers of the American Dream reception.

Wednesday, November 6th

Kickoff Meetings
Spire, 750 First St NE, Washington, DC 20002

The National Immigration Forum works closely with community leaders on issues concerning immigrants. All faith, business and law enforcement leaders are encouraged to attend their respective meetings.

For more information regarding these meetings, please contact Molly Crabb at mcrabb@immigrationforum.org.

Thursday, November 7th

General Session, 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center
1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004

The Leading the Way general session features the presentation of the Courage to Lead award as well as fireside chats on immigration, American values, and the economy.

Find the working agenda for the session here.

Meetings with Congressional Offices, 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Capitol Hill

Following the general session, pre-registered participants will meet with congressional offices on Capitol Hill to discuss immigration-related topics. If needed, the Forum can provide assistance in scheduling meetings. The deadline to register for meetings with congressional offices is Friday, October 25th.

Keepers of the American Dream Reception, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Washington Court Hotel
525 New Jersey Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001

Keepers of the American Dream are the heroes who embody the spirit of immigrant achievement, contribute significantly to the well-being of immigrants in the United States, and are advocates, in every sense of the word, for the value of immigrants and immigration to the nation.

Announced Speakers

We will continue to release speakers as we get closer to the event.






Heather Sells
Christian Broadcasting Network






Andrew Selee


Migration Policy Institute






Sister Norma Pimentel

Executive Director
Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley






Marcela García
Editorial Writer & Columnist
Boston Globe






Chief Carmen Best

Chief of Police

Seattle Police Department






Mark Holden

Senior Vice President

Koch Industries






Cherie Harder


Trinity Forum






Dr. Russell Moore


Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission

Keepers of the American Dream Honorees

Sister Norma Pimentel

Executive Director

Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley

Chief Mark Prosser

Public Safety Director & Chief of Police

Storm Lake, Iowa

Pati Jinich

Chef & TV Host

PBS’s “Pati’s Mexican Table”


Leading the Way: An American Approach to Immigration is made possible by the generous support of our sponsors.For more information, contact Jennifer Maerz at  jmaerz@immigrationforum.org or download the sponsorship deck below.

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