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Independent Task Force on Immigration and America's Future, Co-Chaired by Lee Hamilton '52, Issues Report

June 16, 2005

Lee HamiltonJune 16, 2005, Greencastle, Ind. - "America's estimated 11 million illegal immigrants are increasingly putting down roots across the nation. They are employed in diverse sectors of the economy and live in families that often include children who are American citizens, a new study finds," reports the New York Sun. "The report was prepared for the Independent Task Force on Immigration and America's Future, co-chaired by Spencer Abraham -- a former Republican senator of Minnesota -- and Lee Hamilton -- who was a Democratic Congressman from Indiana," and is a 1952 graduate of DePauw University.

Daniela Gerson writes, "The analysis of government data by the Pew Hispanic Center, a nonpartisan research group in Washington, D.C., found that illegal immigrants have been arriving at a rate of about 500,000 a year. Since the mid-1990s, the number of undocumented residents has exceeded the number of new legal immigrants... The findings are particularly significant as the debate over immigration bloom walk 2.jpgreform gains momentum on Capitol Hill, where senators soon will be faced with two competing bills that offer different ways to implement the president's proposed guest-worker program."

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Lee Hamilton is vice chair of the 9/11 Commission. Read a recent article on that panel's work here.