This is a transcript of the American Jewish Committee's Domestic Policy Commission meeting in which three experts were invited to share their thoughts and concerns regarding United States immigration policy. Views on immigration diverge across a spectrum. Today, most lawmakers and scholars recognize that the system is in need of reform.
In the years leading up to the terrorist attacks of September 11, the borders of the United States were relatively open. The economy was booming and immigration was looked upon favorably. With Mexico's newly elected president, Vicente Fox, the United States was working toward an accord to facilitate immigration. But after nineteen radical Islamic terrorists legally entered the country to carry out the tragic events of 9/11, our immigration policy has come under fire and is now at the forefront of political debate.