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February 12, 2013

Condoleezza Rice cochairs national commission on immigration

Rally in Chicago, part of the Great American Boycott and 2006 US immigration ref
Rally in Chicago, part of the Great American Boycott and 2006 US immigration reform protests, on May 1, 2006.

The Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) announced the formation of a Task Force on Immigration to develop a politically viable package of policy recommendations and to work with Congress to help pass immigration reform. The task force is cochaired by Hoover Institution senior fellow Condoleezza Rice, former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Henry Cisneros, and former governors Haley Barbour and Ed Rendell.

The full task force, which will be announced in the coming weeks, will be comprised of leading immigration experts, business and labor leaders, former elected officials, and other stakeholders. The task force's ultimate goal is to prod Congress to act.

Rice, the Thomas and Barbara Stephenson Senior Fellow on Public Policy at Hoover and the Denning Professor in Global Business and the Economy at Stanford's Graduate School of Business, said "No one is happy with the state of immigration policy today. It's high time that the United States of America get a handle on this vexing problem." She added that "securing our nation's borders is not only a national security priority, it is important economically."

Rice is one of a number of Hoover fellows working on US immigration issues. For a list of recent commentary on immigration by Hoover fellows Gary Becker, Clint Bolick, Victor Davis Hanson, Herb Klein, Thomas Sowell, and others, click here. Addressing both legal and illegal immigration issues, the Hoover fellows comment on comprehensive immigration reform options, the economic impact of illegal immigrants, border control and security issues, pathways to citizenship, and a number of other issues.

For click here for BPC news release.