A New Era for Immigration

State and Local Governments at the Forefront of Policy

Trump’s first 100 days in office have set in motion a new era for immigration policy. From threatening to withhold funds from Sanctuary Cities and circulating lists of jurisdictions that do not comply with federal immigration detainers, to trying to implement enforcement initiatives to ramp up deportations, the new administration has challenged policymakers to think hard about what immigration reform should look like today, and what roles different levels of government should play as incubators of new policy.

It's easy to find champions of immigration reform on both sides of the aisle, but different views on what reform should look like make it harder for conservatives and progressives to find common ground and agree on policy. Tough immigration enforcement policies piloted in Arizona, for example, are just an example of what Trump’s policies could look like on a national scale. At the same time, officials are declaring or reaffirming their intent to limit their cooperation with federal immigration enforcement. Other states like California in recent years have been testing state level protections and benefits for their unauthorized populations. Such different approaches to the problem have led to uncertainty for undocumented immigrants and employers.

Please join Jude Joffe-Block, Michael Franc, Ali Noorani, Adam Hunter, and Heather Hurlburt for a conversation about the future of immigration policy in the US, what the prospects for broad-based bipartisan immigration reform are, and what are some of the innovative ways in which champions of immigration have framed the conversation in order to step away from partisan divisions.


Jude Joffe-Block 
New Arizona Fellow, New America 

Michael Franc 
Director of DC programs, Hoover Institution

Ali Noorani 
Executive Director, National Immigration Forum 

Adam Hunter 
Former Acting Chief of Staff, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of Homeland Security


Heather Hurlburt 
Director, New Models of Policy Change, New America