Immigration Reform Roundtable

National Association for Business Economics

30th NABE Economic Policy Conference

Economic Policy: Immediate Needs, Enduring Challenges

February 24-25, 2014

Immigration Reform: Shaping the Future



Finding a way to deal with the large number of undocumented immigrants currently living in the United States, as well as the need to overcome labor constraints in the market, represents an immediate need and an enduring challenge that will most-certainly shape our future.  This session will provide an overview of impacts of immigration reform on the economic and fiscal health of the United States.  Panelists will discuss the potential effects on states, businesses, the existing labor force, and the Federal budget.  The panel will also provide an overview of the prospects for comprehensive immigration reform.

Possible Speakers Confirmed Available and Willing

  1. Douglas Holtz-Eakin, President of American Action Forum and former Director of the Congressional Budget Office
  2. Frederick R. Treyz, CEO and Chief Economist of Regional Economic Models, Inc.*

Possible Additional Speakers

  1. Gene Sperling, Director of the National Economic Council
  2. Diana Furchtgott-Roth, Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute
  3. Keith Hall, Senior Research Fellow with the Mercatus Center
  4. Michael D. Hoefer, Director of the Office of Immigration Statistics, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  5. Tim Kane, Chief Economist at the Hudson Institute
  6. Robert Lynch, Visiting Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress
  7. Alex Nowrasteh, Immigration Policy Analyst at the Cato Institute
  8. Giovanni Peri, Professor of Economics at University of California Berkeley

Possible Moderators

  1. Randel K. Johnson, Senior Vice President of U.S. Chamber of Commerce
  2. Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum
  3. Joe Green, President and Founder of FWD.US

Session Sponsor Suggestions

  1. U.S. Chamber of Commerce
  2. National Immigration Forum
  3. FWD.US

* Dr. Treyz recently led a study, “Key Components of Immigration Reform,” that examined the state-by-state impacts of establishing a pathway to legal status, expanding high-skilled visas, and reforming lesser-skilled visas.  This study has been widely cited in media reports and by policy leaders.