Program Materials from Informing the National Perspective on Immigration Reform

Publication date: 
October, 2018

Immigration issues have attracted significant attention over the past few years as changes in federal policies have ignited debates across the political spectrum. In July 2018, the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) and BPC Action published a new report, The New Middle on Immigration Reform, which suggests a consensus set of immigration policies that Americans support is more to the right than many realize. The report is based on a nationwide survey, focus groups, and roundtable discussions. 

But where does California fit into this dialogue? In California, where one in four residents is an immigrant and half the children in the state have a parent who immigrated to the United States, grantmakers, local governments, and nonprofits have been working on the issue of immigration for years. However, while many of them fund or work at the local, regional, or statewide level, they may not be engaged at the federal level when it comes to immigration reform efforts.

Philanthropy California and BPC have partnered together to deepen the conversation with California funders, government and nonprofit partners to help inform this national debate by organizing three regional “Policy Salons” on immigration reform across the state.

Topics covered:

  • Key findings from an analysis of voters across the political spectrum and understand the "new middle" of immigration policies.
  • Discussion on how these research findings can help frame a more inclusive and effective local conversation and implementation of immigrant and refugee integration efforts.
  • How local funders, government entities, and nonprofits are thinking about the short- and long-term strategies of moving immigrant rights and integration forward.
  • Whether local conversations can contribute to the broader national conversation on immigrant rights and integration.


  • Theresa Cardinal Brown, Director of Immigration, Bipartisan Policy Center
  • Michele Stockwell, Senior Vice President and Executive Director, BPC Action
  • Tom Wong, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of California, San Diego
  • Steve Eldred, Senior Program Manager, The California Endowment
  • Dr. Joel Day, Director, City of San Diego
  • Linda Caballero Sotelo, Executive Director, New Americans Museum

Event in partnership with Bipartisan Policy Center, Philanthropy California and Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees.

Additional Resources:

The Politics of Immigration: Partisanship, Demographic Change, and American National Identity by Tom K. Wong
Rights, Deportation, and Detention in the Age of Immigration Control by Tom K. Wong
Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC)
California Immigrant Policy Center (CIPC)