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By Christian Burks

With the introduction of the U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021 to Congress, immigration reform has once again returned to the forefront of national policy discussions.

To inform hill staffers about state and local priorities in immigration reform, NCSL, the National Association of Counties, the National League of Cities, and the United States Conference of Mayors will host a March 19 briefing at 11 a.m. ET where a bipartisan panel of state and local elected officials will share their perspectives on immigration reform as well as insights from their communities.

In "Moving Forward With Immigration Reform: State and Local Priorities," attendees will hear from Commissioner Bill Truex from Charlotte County, Fla., Mayor John Giles of Mesa, Ariz., Trustee Sharmin Shahjahan of Hanover Park, Ill., and Washington State Representative Sharon Tomiko Santos (D). The event will be moderated by Mayor Jorge Elorza of Providence, R.I.

Speakers will discuss many of the pressing issues in immigration reform, including:

  • A pathway to citizenship: The proposed pathway to citizenship and DACA reform included in the U.S. Citizenship Act would have a dramatic impact not only on the approximately 11 million undocumented individuals in the U.S., but also on the communities in which they reside communities they reside in.
  • Border management: In addition to shaping the flow of immigrants into the U.S., border management policies for both the northern and southern border have significant consequences on the everyday lives of border communities across the country.
  • Immigrants in the high-tech and agriculture workforces: Immigration policy and reform has a unique impact on states and localities with a high density of jobs in tech, agriculture, hospitality and health occupations due to the significant role of immigrants in these industries.

There will be an opportunity for Hill staffers in the audience to pose questions to the speakers following their initial remarks. All Hill staff are encouraged to attend the briefing and learn about immigration reform from a state and local perspective.

Register for the meeting here.

Christian Burks is an intern in NCSL's State-Federal Relations Division.

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