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April 4, 2006--With the immigration debate reaching its peak in the U.S. Senate, the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) held an immigration summit during its 16th Annual Legislative Conference.  Tamar Jacoby of the Manhattan Institute moderated the event.  Several key legislative leaders spoke as their schedules permitted, as did representatives of business and labor.  (more)
Carlos de Icaza, the Mexican Ambassador to the United States, presented Mexico's point of view.  He said the immigration issue poses human, economic, security, and international cooperation challenges.  The United States is not only Mexico's neighbor and trade partner, he noted, but is the home of millions of Mexican citizens.  While the ambassador conceded that Mexico is not doing enough to address the situation, he also put some of the onus on the United States ("if you with all your resources...")   

Major Immigration Challenges
 illegal immigrants already in the United States;
 future flows (guest worker program);
 enforcement and security.

S.1033 - Secure America and Orderly Immigration Act (McCain-Kennedy)

S.1438 - Comprehensive Enforcement and Immigration Reform Act of 2005 (Cornyn-Kyl)

S.2454 - Securing America's Borders Act (Frist)

Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2006 (Specter - "Chairman's Mark")

H.R. 4437-Border Protection, Anti-Terrorism, and Illegal Immigration Control Act of 2005 (Sensenbrenner)  House passed 239-182 on Dec. 16, 2005.

Embassy of Mexico to the United States: Migration

White House: Immigration

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