Title – U.S. Immigration Policy: Can Politics and Policy Find Common Ground?
Location – The Forum, Santa Fe University of Art and Design, 1600 St. Michael’s Drive
How do the agendas of U.S. political parties conflict with the formation of a reasonable and practical U.S. Immigration Policy? How should Congress deal with the 10-12 million illegal immigrants who live and work in our economy? What penalties should be imposed on U.S. companies that hire illegal immigrants? What social services should federal and local governments provide to illegal immigrants? Should children of illegal immigrants be given full citizenship rights? What features should be included in a reasonable policy for legal immigration?
The Honorable C. Stewart Verdery, Jr., Founder and Partner at Monument Policy Group, LLC, is an expert on a wide range of homeland security, international commerce and other related immigration topics. He has played a major role in a wide range of fields in Washington, D.C. for nearly two decades and is known as one of America’s leading experts on immigration issues. From high-ranking government positions to counseling private sector and political clients, Verdery has impacted issues in fields as diverse as homeland security and law enforcement, international trade and commerce, technology and telecommunications, and intellectual property.
Verdery is also a sought-after expert and public speaker on a wide range of homeland security and international commerce topics and has appeared on CNN, Fox News, and numerous media outlets. He has counseled political campaigns on immigration issues and has testified before Congress over 30 times. From 2003 to 2005, Verdery was the first Assistant Secretary for Policy and Planning at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), following his unanimous confirmation by the U.S. Senate, and was responsible for policies related to immigration, visas, and travel facilitation; cargo security and international trade; transportation security; and law enforcement.
Prior to his service at DHS, Verdery served as general counsel to Sen. Don Nickles (R-Okla.), Assistant Senate Majority Leader, from 1998 until 2002. Monument’s current private sector clients include leading trade associations, Fortune 100 corporations, small companies, and non-profits.