Immigration Reform in 2013: Challenges & Opportunities

Dear Friends and Allies,
In collaboration with the Latino Policy Forum, NALACC is hosting a panel discussion on immigration reform for the coming year on February 14.  Please consider attending and registering for this event.  Space is limited so please sign up ASAP.
Immigration Reform in 2013: Challenges & Opportunities

February 14, 2013 – Loyola University Chicago

Lewis Tower, Regents Hall, 111 E. Pearson, Chicago

Suggested donation is $10

Space is limited. Secure your seat today by registering  at

President Obama has given a nod to a long-awaited bipartisan framework for immigration reform from the Senate. A much-needed fix to our broken immigration system seems to be an imminent reality. But the celebration in the streets is tempered by a troubling truth: Some immigration reform has already happened, just not in the way we would have hoped. Even as policies like Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) represent positive steps forward, deportations have climbed to a record 400,000 per year. Billions of dollars have been spent on security along our southern border. Non-criminal immigrants and U.S. citizens continuously get caught up in the deportation net. Families are torn apart on a daily basis.

Will pending reforms push us from bad to worse in 2013, or do we have the audacity to cling to hope?

In a panel moderated by Fernando Diaz, managing editor of Hoy, community and political leaders will discuss the viability of reform in 2013, a response to the Senate’s proposal, the economic implications for the Midwest, and what national advocates hope (and fear) they might see included in pending legislation:

Event Agenda

8 am: Doors Open & Breakfast Served

8:30-10:30am: Welcome, Panel, Q&A

10:30 am: Closing Remarks & Networking


Our thanks to the Loyola University School of Social Work Institute on Migration and International Social Work for providing facilities for this event.

For additional information, contact Isabel Anadon.




About Amy Shannon

Amy Shannon is a Senior Advisor to NALACC. She has more than two decades of experience in non-profit management and program evaluation, and has traveled and worked extensively in Latin America.