In part three of this series on immigration the subject is immigration policy for the future. Host, Dennis McCuistion, is joined by:
- Rick Gump: Lawyer/ Owner, Richard A. Gump, Jr. PC
- Professor Neil Foley, PhD: Southern Methodist University, Robert H. and Nancy Dedman Chair in History, Author: Mexicans and the Making of America
- Pia Orrenius, PhD: V.P and Senior Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, Adjunct Professor, Hankamer School of Business, Baylor University, Author of Beside the Golden Door: U.S. Immigration Reform in a New Era of Globalization
Left to Right: Pia Orrenius, Neil Foley and Rick Gump
Joining us via a prior taped interview to weigh in on immigration policy is Vicente Fox, former President of Mexico; who tells us, we need to pay more attention to immigration, “It is what makes a stronger more successful nation”.
This program addresses a huge question regarding immigration policy: what is the one thing we should do today to solve the immigration issue? As you might expect there is no one or simple answer and each of our panelists have diverse solutions.
Immigration in America has long been problematic. Laws and border enforcement have not resolved the challenges we face; the human, societal and economic. Our guests believe we must get beyond the ideology and the political conversation and take a look at what is in the best economic interests of the United States.
While solutions regarding immigration policy ranged from updating our visa system and having a fair and consistent enforcement program; immigration may not in fact be a huge crisis but what is actually going to “save” the U.S. It will give us the means to support an increasingly graying population and with birth rates down- this is a growing concern.
From an economic perspective our present system does not let supply meet demand. The U.S is falling behind and does not successfully attract and keep the more skilled employment based labor the U.S job market needs to move forward. Low skilled immigration has a negative economic impact. With 12 million undocumented aliens in the U.S today immigration policy reform is critical.
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You may agree or not with our guests and the solutions offered but the lively discussion invites introspection. What is the solution? Join us and let us know what you think.
And as always thanks for joining us in our 25th year as we continue talking about things that matter with people who care.
Niki N. McCuistion: Trailblazer
Aligning Purpose, Performance and People
Corporate Culture Change Consultant and Problem Solver
2212 – 02.22.15