The Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC), based in Washington, D.C., announced today that Condoleezza Rice and Henry Cisneros will co-chair a new high-level bipartisan task force to advise Congress on immigration reform policies.
BPC said in a written announcement that the task force "will consider all pillars of immigration reform, including enforcement, legalization and worker visas." (And) "The task force will also encourage substantive, bipartisan dialogue among key interest groups and decision makers on national immigration goals and strategies, and will engage and shape the immigration policy debate as it unfolds over the course of the coming months."
The entire task force will will include immigration experts, business and labor leaders, former elected officials, and other stakeholders., BPC said.
“We are determined to be helpful to the current immigration debate around the country and have already begun talking to major constituencies,” said Cisneros, former Housing and Urban Development secretary under ex-President Bill Clinton. “While our recommendations will take time to develop, we intend to regularly weigh in on the ongoing debate as it develops on Capitol Hill.”
Rebecca Tallent, former chief of staff and aide to U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ), will direct the project.
“Securing our nation’s borders is not only a national security priority, it is important economically,” said Rice, former Secretary of State under ex-President George W. Bush. “I am eager to develop a set of recommendations for immigration reform that both Republicans and Democrats can support.”
“Our co-chairs bring a new voice to this critical debate,” BPC President Jason Grumet said. “Working with diverse interests, we will develop and advocate practical solutions that will further the conversations in both the Senate and the House.”