November 6, 2009: Immigration in America: What’s in Store?

7:30 p.m. at Housatonic Valley Regional High School on November 6, 2009

Doris Meissner, former commissioner of the US Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) and Senior Fellow of the Migration Policy Institute will speak on “Immigration in America: What’s in Store?”

Doris Meissner As a Senior Fellow at MPI, Doris Meissner directs MPI’s work on US immigration policy. She also contributes to the Institute’s work on immigration and national security, the politics of immigration, administering immigration systems and government agencies, and cooperation with other countries.

Ms. Meissner has authored and co-authored numerous reports, articles, and op-eds and is frequently quoted in the media. She recently served as director of MPI’s Independent Task Force on Immigration and America’s Future, a bipartisan group of distinguished leaders. The group’s report and recommendations address how to harness the advantages of immigration for a 21st century economy and society.

From 1993 to 2000, she served in the Clinton administration as Commissioner of the INS, then part of the US Department of Justice. Her accomplishments included reforming the nation’s asylum system; creating new strategies for managing US borders; improving services for immigrants; and shaping new responses to migration and humanitarian emergencies. She first joined the Department of Justice in 1973 as a White House Fellow and special assistant to the Attorney General and then served in various senior policy posts at Justice, including acting commissioner and executive associate commissioner of INS.

In 1986, she joined the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace as a senior associate. Ms. Meissner created the Endowment’s Immigration Policy Project, which became MPI in 2001.

Ms. Meissner’s board memberships include vice-chair of CARE-USA and the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF), University of Wisconsin (UW)-Madison. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Inter-American Dialogue, and the Pacific Council on International Policy. She is also a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA).

Her most recent awards are the Legacy of Leadership Award given by the White House Fellows Foundation and the UW Alumni Association’s Distinguished Alumni Award.

She earned BA and MA degrees at UW-Madison, where she began her professional career as assistant director of student financial aids. She was also the first executive director of the National Women’s Political Caucus (NWPC).

Suggested Reading

Who Are New England’s Immigrants?
By Mamie Marcuss with Ricardo Borgos
Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, Fall 2004
http://www.bos.frb.org/commdev/c&b/2004/fall/Immigrants.pdf

Frequently Requested Statistics on Immigrants and Immigration in the United States
By Aaron Terrazas and Jeanne Batalova
Migration Policy Institute, October 2009
http://www.migrationinformation.org/USfocus/display.cfm?id=747

Immigrants and Health Care Reform: What’s Really at Stake
By Randy Capps, Marc R. Rosenblum, and Michael Fix
Migration Policy Institute, October 2009
http://www.migrationpolicy.org/pubs/healthcare-Oct09.pdf

Migration and the Global Recession: A Report Commissioned by the BBC World Service
By Michael Fix, Demetrios G. Papademetriou, Jeanne Batalova, Aaron Terrazas, Serena Yi-Ying Lin, and Michelle Mittelstadt
Migration Policy Institute, September 2009
http://www.migrationpolicy.org/pubs/MPI-BBCreport-Sept09.pdf

Immigrants and the Current Economic Crisis: Research Evidence, Policy Challenges, and Implications
By Demetrios G. Papademetriou and Aaron Terrazas 
Migration Policy Institute, January 2009
http://www.migrationpolicy.org/pubs/lmi_recessionJan09.pdf

DHS and Immigration: Taking Stock and Correcting Course
By Doris Meissner and Donald Kerwin
Migration Policy Institute, February 2009
http://www.migrationpolicy.org/pubs/DHS_Feb09.pdf

Uneven Progress: The Employment Pathways of Skilled Immigrants in the United States
By Jeanne Batalova and Michael Fix with Peter A. Creticos
Migration Policy Institute, October 2008
http://www.migrationpolicy.org/pubs/BrainWasteOct08.pdf

Spotlight on Refugees and Asylees in the United States
By Jeanne Batalova
Migration Policy Institute, July 2009
http://www.migrationinformation.org/USfocus/display.cfm?id=734

Resources

Source US Immigration Policy Resources PDF (222 KB)

MPI Data Hub Connecticut Immigration Statistics PDF (126.5 KB)

MPI Data Hub Massachusetts Immigration Statistics PDF (127.1 KB)

MPI Data Hub United States Immigration Statistics PDF (124.1 KB)