Over a quarter of a century has passed since Congress last enacted comprehensive immigration reforms, with the issue becoming increasingly polarized among policymakers. Meanwhile, pressure on the U.S. immigration and asylum system is mounting. In fiscal year 2022, U.S. Border Patrol agents apprehended a record 2.2 million migrants along the U.S.-Mexico border, including thousands of individuals from Venezuela, Nicaragua, Cuba and Haiti. The Joe Biden administration has dealt with increased migration by opening some legal pathways — such as the use of humanitarian parole for certain nationalities or the recently announced Welcome Corps — but also by using controversial measures that allow border officials to quickly expel migrants and asylum seekers, such as the expansion of Title 42.
On March 15, the Baker Institute hosted a conversation between Rep. Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick, D-Fla, and Center for the U.S. and Mexico Director Tony Payan. Following a presentation by Cherfilus-McCormick on the immigration front today, they examined key issues in U.S. immigration and potential paths forward on policy reform.
This event was sponsored by the Baker Institute Center for the U.S. and Mexico and Women's Rights, Human Rights and Refugees Program of the Edward P. Djerejian Center for the Middle East. Follow @BakerInstitute on Twitter and join the conversation with #BakerLive.
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5:30 pm — Reception
6:00 pm — Presentation
6:30 pm — Moderated Discussion
7:00 pm — Audience Q&A
Rep. Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in January 2022, becoming the first Haitian American Democrat to be elected to Congress. She represents Florida’s 20th district and serves on the House Committee on Education and Labor as well as the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs. She is also a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, Haitian Caucus and Caribbean Caucus. Prior to serving in Congress, Cherfilus-McCormick was the CEO of Trinity Healthcare Services Inc.
Cherfilus-McCormick earned a bachelor's degree in political science and government from Howard University and a J.D. from St. Thomas University.