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AAPI leaders meet with Janet Napolitano to discuss immigration

AAPI community leaders were invited to join Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and a group of 100 stakeholders on immigration. Representatives came from the fields of business, labor, law enforcement, immigrant advocates and faith groups. (The full list of participants below.) Interestingly, not included were elected officials or opponents of comprehensive reform.

Rather, the administration seemed to have two aims: First, to show advocates that the president is serious about moving forward on immigration so they don't storm off in frustration. Second, to get the often-fractious supporters of immigration reform at the same table up front, so that an eventual bill isn't scuttled by infighting (see the current Democratic debate over health care reform).

After Napolitano spoke for about 20 minutes, the meeting broke into working groups, moderated by administration officials from John Morton, the head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, to Melody Barnes, who heads the White House Domestic Policy Council.

The working groups spent an hour discussing the elements of a reform bill, including: how to do a legalization of undocumented immigrants, how to manage future flows of workers that meets the needs of both business and labor, how to manage future flows based on family reunification and how to do effective immigration enforcement, according to one attendee.

"In my group there was a good deal of common ground," said Marc Rosenblum, a senior policy analyst at the non-partisan Migration Policy Institute.

"But there is some frustration among some pro-immigration advocates about so much discussion of enforcement." he added. "They want to see Napolitano talking more about comprehensive immigration reform and less about enforcement."

At the end of the meeting President Obama just happened to pop by. His message was that this is the first round of a long conversation but at the end of it, supporters of immigration reform need to be working from the same playbook, not sniping at each other.

"He and the Secretary both said when we get to the point where there's a bill, they'll need advocates to be effective advocates," said Rosenblum. "And tough and smart enforcement... they see that as a key element of reform."

The participants:

AFL CIO, Paul Almeida
AFL CIO, Ana Avendano
AFL CIO, Arlene Baker
Agriculture Coalition for Immigration Reform, Monte Lake
American Civil Liberties Union, Chris Calabrese
America’s Voice, Frank Sharry
American Farm Bureau, Ron Gaskill
American Federation of Government Employees, AFL-CIO, T.J. Bonner
American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, Paul Booth
American Immigration Lawyers Association, Crystal Williams
American Jewish Committee, Chelsea Hanson
American Meat Institute, J. Patrick Boyle
Arizona Latino Commission, Eve Nunez
Asian American Justice Center, Karen Narasaki
Associated General Contractors, Katherine Knott
Building and Construction Trades Department, AFL-CIO, Robert Pleasure
Casa de Maryland, Gustavo Andrade
Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Mark Franken
Cato Institute, Dan Griswold
Center for American Progress, Angela Kelley
Center for Community Change, Gabe Gonzalez
Change to Win, Anna Burger
Christians for Comprehensive Immigration Reform, Allison Johnson
Church World Service, Jen Smyers
Citigroup, Paul Thornell
Compete America, Rebecca Peters
Compete America, Bo Cooper
Esperanza USA, Mary Clark
Essential Worker Coalition, Laura Reiff
Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, Jon Adler
Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society/Interfaith Immigration Coalition, Mark Hetfield
Hewlett Packard, Gina Bancroft
Immigration Equality, Julie Kruse
Immigration Policy Center, Mary Giovagnoli
Information Technology Industry Council, Dean Garfield
Intel, Ryan Triplette
Interfaith Worker Justice, Kristin Kumpf
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Terry Yellig
International Brotherhood of Teamsters, John Coli
International Chiefs of Police, Russell Laine
International Federation of Professional & Technical Engineers, Paul Shearon
International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craft workers, James Boland
Irish Apostolate, Geri Garvey
Jesuit Refugee Service, Shaina Aber
Laborers' International Union of North America, Bevin Albertani
League of United Latin American Citizens, Rosa Rosales
Legal Momentum, Lisalyn Raquel Jacobs
Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services, Leslie Velez
Major City Chiefs, Dean Keuter
McDonalds, Bo Bryant
Mennonite Central Committee, Tammy Alexander
Mexican American Legal Defense Fund, Dini Karasik
Microsoft, Bill Kamela
Migration Policy Institute, Marc Rosenblum
National Association of Asian Law Enforcement Commanders, John Lee
National Association of Evangelicals, Galen Carey
National Association of Homebuilders, Jenna Hamilton
National Association of Police Organizations, Andrea Mournighan
National Baptist Convention, Rev. L.B.  West
National Council of Jewish Women, Elissa Froman
National Council of La Raza, Clarissa Martinez
National Day Laborers Network, Chris Newman
National Electrical Contractors of America, John Grau
National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, Rev. Dr. Angel Nunez
National Immigration Forum, Jeanne Butterfield
National Immigration Forum, Ali Noorani
National Immigration Law Center, Marielena Hincapie
National Korean American Service & Educational Consortium, Eun Sook Lee
National Latino Peace Officers Association, Arturo Venegas
National League of Cities, Ricardo Gambetta
National Restaurant Association, Beth Johnson
National Sheriffs Association, Ann Yom
National Urban League, Valerie Wilson
New Democratic Network, Simon Rosenberg
Oracle, Dejan Pavlovic
PICO National Network, Jared Rivera
Police Executive Research Foundation, Chuck Wexler
Police Foundation, Hubert Williams
Presbyterian Church USA, Julia Thorne
Rights Working Group, Jumana Musa
Service Employees International Union, Eliseo Medina
Sheet Metal Workers International Association, Marc Norberg
Sisters of Mercy, Regina McKillip
Society for Human Resource Management, Mike Aitken
Sojourners, Rev. Jim Wallis
South Asian American Leading Together, Deepa Iyer
Southeast Asia Resource Action Center, Helly Lee
Tech America, Jeff Lande
Tyson, Nora Venegas
U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Angelo Amador
U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Ryan Dwyer
U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, David Ferreira
UNITE HERE, Brenda Carter
United Farm Workers, Arturo Rodriguez
United Food and Commercial Workers, Joe Hansen
University of Texas, Dr. Ray Marshall
Wal-Mart, Adam Hemphill
World Relief, Jenny Hwang


White House Domestic Policy Council, Melody Barnes
White House Domestic Policy Council, Heather Higginbottom
White House National Economic Council, James Kvaal
White House Office of Public Engagement, Tina Tchen
White House Office of Public Engagement, Buffy Wicks
Department of Homeland Security, Marco Lopez
Department of Homeland Security, David Martin
Department of Homeland Security, Alejandro Mayorkas
Department of Homeland Security, John Morton
Department of Homeland Security, Esther Olavarria
Department of Justice, Juan Osuna


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Tuyetgduong on Fri, 08/21/2009 - 11:30

For AAJC the problem is she did not head on address family immigration, even though it was a question posed going into the meeting.

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