Independent Task Force on Immigration

A group convened by the Migration Policy Institute in partnership with Manhattan Institute and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars which published "Immigration and America's Future:A New Chapter" ( link) in [[September, 2006]]. Supports a "new, secure Social Security card" (possibly a national ID card) and "path to legal status for unauthorized immigrants" (a massive amnesty for illegal aliens).

As of creation time, this is the list of those involved:


Spencer Abraham, Chairman and CEO, The Abraham Group, LLC; Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Hoover Institution; Former Secretary of Energy and Senator (R) from Michigan

Lee Hamilton, President and Director, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; Former Vice Chair, 9/11 Commission and Member of Congress (D) from Indiana


Doris Meissner, Senior Fellow, Migration Policy Institute, former Commissioner, United States Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS)


T. Alexander Aleinikoff, Dean of the Law Center and Executive Vice President for Law Center Affairs, Georgetown University; Former General Counsel, US Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS)

Howard Berman*, (D) Member of Congress, California

Oscar Chacon, Director, Enlaces America, Heartland Alliance for Human Needs and Human Rights

Thomas Donohue, President and CEO, United States Chamber of Commerce

Jeff Flake*, (R) Member of Congress, Arizona

Fernando Garcia, Executive Director, Border Network for Human Rights

Bill Ong Hing, Professor of Law and Asian American Studies, University of California, Davis

Tamar Jacoby, Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute

Juliette Kayyem, Lecturer in Public Policy, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University; Former member of the National Commission on Terrorism

Edward Kennedy* (D), Senator, Massachusetts

John McCain* (R), Senator, Arizona

Janet Murguia, President and CEO, National Council of La Raza

Leon Panetta, Director, Leon and Sylvia Panetta Institute for Public Policy, California State University at Monterey Bay; Former Chief of Staff to the President; Former Director, Office of Management and Budget (OMB)

Steven J. Rauschenberger, Senator, State of Illinois; Immediate Past President, National Conference of State Legislatures; Deputy Republican Leader and Former Chairman,Illinois Senate Appropriations Committee

Robert Reischauer, President, Urban Institute; Former Director, Congressional Budget Office (CBO)

Kurt L. Schmoke, Dean, Howard University School of Law; Former Mayor, Baltimore, MD

Frank Sharry, Executive Director, National Immigration Forum

Debra W. Stewart, President, Council of Graduate Schools; Former Vice Chancellor and Dean of the Graduate School, North Carolina State University

C. Stewart Verdery, Principal at Mehlman Vogel Castagnetti, Inc.; Adjunct Fellow, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS); Former Assistant Secretary, Department of Homeland Security

John Wilhelm, President, Hospitality Industry of UNITE HERE

James W. Ziglar, President and CEO, Cross Match Technologies, Inc.; Former Commissioner, United States Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS)

Ex Officio Members

Malcolm Brown, Assistant Deputy Minister, Strategic and Program Policy,Citizenship and Immigration Canada

Jean Louis De Brouwer, Director, Directorate B - Immigration, Asylum, and Borders, European Commission Directorate General for Justice, Freedom and Security

Jeff Gorsky, Chief, Legal Advisory Opinion Section, Visa Office, US Department of State

Geronimo Gutierrez Fernandez, Undersecretary for North America, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mexico


Thor Arne Aass, Director General, Department of Migration, Ministry of Labour and Social Inclusion, Norway

Carlos de Icaza, Ambassador to the United States of America, Mexico

Alexandros Zavos, President, Hellenic Migration Policy Institute

* Because of their legislative roles, currently serving members of Congress were not asked to endorse the Task Force recommendations.