When

Tue, Feb. 27, 2024
5 pm - 7:30 pm
(GMT-06:00) America/Chicago

Where

James A. Baker III Hall

Across the nation, nearly 10 million jobs remain unfilled. Without action by policy and business leaders to address the labor shortage crisis in the U.S., these gaps will continue to hinder the nation’s growth, productivity, and innovation. In concert with the ongoing border crisis, demand for comprehensive immigration reform increases. 

Civil Dialogues, a joint initiative between the George & Barbara Bush Foundation, the LBJ Foundation, and the Clinton Presidential Center aims to facilitate dialogue on important issues facing our country today. At the launch of this initiative, we present a town hall discussion with a panel of experts who will explore the complex topic of immigration from multiple perspectives, with a focus on labor shortages, the border crisis, and potential solutions. Conceived by Jean Becker, former chief of staff to President George H. W. Bush, and Linda Lorelle, business owner and former KPRC-TV news anchor, each Civil Dialogues town hall is a safe space for community conversations. Each attendee should walk away with a better understanding of the topic’s nuances while feeling seen, heard, and empowered to continue dialogue.

If you are interested in learning how to have civil conversations with those whose opinions differ from your own, there’s an option during the registration process to sign up for a 30-minute breakout session immediately following the town hall.

This event is co-sponsored by the Baker Institute Center for the U.S. and Mexico and the Civil Dialogues initiative, with support from Linda Lorelle Media, Rational Middle, and the American Leadership Forum

Registration

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Agenda

5:00 pm

Registration and Reception 

5:30 pm

Welcome and Introduction of Speaker

Tony Payan, Ph.D. 
Françoise and Edward Djerejian Fellow for Mexico Studies; Director, Center for the U.S. and Mexico

5:35 pm

Remarks: Civil Dialogues, The Backstory 

Jean Becker 
Author and Former Chief of Staff to President George H. W. Bush

5:45 pm

Rational Middle Video: "The Immigrant's Promise"

5:55 pm

Panel Conversation

Moderated by: Linda Lorelle, Lorelle Media

John Gable
Co-founder, AllSides

Stan Marek 
President and CEO, Marek Family of Companies

Elizabeth M. Mendoza, P.C. 
Immigration Attorney

Tony Payan, Ph.D.
Françoise and Edward Djerejian Fellow for Mexico Studies; Director, Center for the U.S. and Mexico

Raymond Robertson
Director of the Mosbacher Institute for Trade, Economics, and Public Policy, Professor, and Helen and Roy Ryu Chair in Economics and Government, Texas A&M University

7:00 pm

Closing Remarks

Tony Payan, Ph.D. 
Françoise and Edward Djerejian Fellow for Mexico Studies; Director, Center for the U.S. and Mexico

7:00 pm

Breakout Session  — Room 271

Moderated by: Daniel Snare, Former President, American Leadership Forum

7:30 pm

Adjourn

When

Tue, Feb. 27, 2024
5 pm - 7:30 pm
(GMT-06:00) America/Chicago

Where

James A. Baker III Hall