Immigration and the States | 2015 Webinar Series

3/26/2015

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Immigration and the States: 2015 Webinar Series

This series of one-hour conversations for state legislators and staff focuses on the latest in America’s changing demographics and what that means for state policymakers. The “browning’ and “graying” of America (immigration and retirements) is already having widespread impact on state economies and how newcomers assimilate to local communities. This series aims to focus on the policy questions facing state legislatures in enforcement; employment and the economy, services for immigrant families, and integration, and how states are taking steps to address them.   

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IMMIGRATION WEBINAR SERIES

Today's Immigration: A 50-State Story | March 27, 2015

Friday, March 27, 2015 | 1 p.m. ET/ Noon CT/ 11 a.m. MT/  10 a.m. PT

From five states to 50, the nation’s immigrant population has dispersed from traditional gateway states of California, Texas, Illinois, Florida and New York to every state in the country. Join experts from the Pew Charitable Trusts and Pew Research Center in a discussion following the movement of immigrants to new geographic regions. In some areas, this influx of immigrants has countered a decrease in U.S.-born people, slowing overall population decline and in some cases, reversing it. This webinar will present an overview of how immigration has shaped our country’s demography and how the U.S. public’s attitudes about immigrants and immigration have changed.

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NCSL thankfully acknowledges The Pew Charitable Trusts for sponsoring this webinar.

Immigration Enforcement: Measuring the Metrics | April 17, 2015

Friday, April 17, 2015 | 1 p.m. ET/ Noon CT/ 11 a.m. MT/  10 a.m. PT

Since the 1986 passage of the Immigration Reform and Control Act, real spending on immigration enforcement has grown sevenfold, and now constitutes nearly half of all federal law enforcement spending. The federal government lacks a comprehensive system of performance indicators that measure the effectiveness of its efforts to combat unauthorized immigration. Hear from the Bipartisan Policy Center about metrics that could provide an objective set of comprehensive, outcome-based performance measures, as well as a discussion of state roles and legislation related to immigration enforcement. 

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NCSL thankfully acknowledges the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation for sponsoring this webinar.

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Immigrants in the Workforce:  Legal Immigration and National Economic Impact | May 8, 2015

Friday, May 8, 2015 | 3 p.m. ET/ 2 p.m. CT/ 1 p.m. MT/  Noon PT

Immigrants are allowed to work in the United States on a temporary or permanent basis through the legal admissions system. This webinar explains the current visa system, proposed reforms, and key trends affecting policy choices on future immigration flows in the workforce. Leading immigration experts and economists will discuss the latest trends in the U.S. demand for workers and national level fiscal and economic impacts.

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NCSL thankfully acknowledges the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation for sponsoring this webinar.

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Immigrants in the Workforce: How Are States Responding? | June 5, 2015

Friday, June 5, 2015 | 3 p.m. ET/ 2 p.m. CT/  1 p.m. MT/  Noon PT

State legislators have been assessing changes in demographics and local labor market conditions, where foreign workers play a role, and examining the potential fiscal and economic impacts of those changes. Utah enacted legislation to work with the federal government on a state worker visa to address projected labor shortages. The Maryland legislature commissioned a study to better understand the economic and fiscal issues surrounding immigration. This webinar provides for a forum for state legislators to highlight the importance of data-driven policymaking using labor market statistics and business-savvy economic development strategies.  

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NCSL thankfully acknowledges the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation for sponsoring this webinar.

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Immigrants, Driver’s Licenses, and REAL ID | July 10, 2015

Friday, July 10, 2015 | 1 p.m. ET/ Noon CT/ 11 a.m. MT/  10 a.m. PT

Several states have enacted legislation extending driver’s licenses to deferred action recipients or unauthorized immigrants. States must also consider federal requirements for issuing driver’s licenses under the REAL ID Act. This webinar provides an update on state laws, REAL ID, and how states are weighing their next steps.

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  • Gilberto Soria Mendoza, NCSL
  • Molly Ramsdell, NCSL
  • Erika Contreras, chief of staff, Office of California Senator Ricardo Lara

NCSL thankfully acknowledges the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation for sponsoring this webinar.

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