On Tuesday, February 5, 2013, the House Judiciary Committee held the first in a series of hearings aimed at examining the current legal immigration system. The hearing’s first panel featured testimony by Dr. Michael S. Teitelbaum, Senior Advisor to the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Wertheim Fellow at Harvard Law School, and member of the Center of Migration Studies’ (CMS’s) Board of Trustees. Dr. Teitelbaum outlined the recommendations of the US Commission on Immigration Reform (“the Jordan Commission”) and summarized key developments in immigration policy since the Commission released its 2007 report. Teitelbaum’s full testimony — along with the Commission’s report — can be accessed at: http://cmsny.org/wp-content/uploads/MTeitelbaum-Judiciary-Written-Testimony-5Feb2013.pdf.
Other panelists included: Vivek Wadhwa, Director of Research, Pratt School of Engineering, Duke University; Puneet S. Arora, Vice President, Immigration Voice; Julian Castro, Mayor of San Antonio, Texas; Julie Myers Wood, President, Guidepost Solutions LLC; Chris Crane, President, National Immigration and Customs Enforcement Council 118 of the American Federation of Government Employees; Jessica Vaughan, Director of Policy Studies, Center for Immigration Studies and Muzaffar Chishti, Director of Migration Policy Institute’s office at New York University Law School.