An Immigration Forum for Our Troubled Times – Panel of Experts Meets in D.C. as Debate Heats Up

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Non-Partisan Immigration Tax Inquiry Group Hosts Timely Event on Capitol Hill

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The time has never been more opportune for Americans on both sides of the immigration divide to come together and solve this nagging problem that is crippling our nation’s potential and ruining its image as a beacon of hope, freedom and justice around the world.

As the immigration issue reaches a boiling point, a diverse and distinguished group of experts convenes on Capitol Hill today to debate the polarizing topic. The Immigration Tax Inquiry Group (ITIG) announces it’s sponsoring the “2018 Perspectives on the Future of Immigration” Forum. The goal is to discuss competing proposals, search for common ground and hopefully thrash out a reasonable and widely acceptable solution to the increasingly contentious issue of immigration. The event takes place on Wednesday, May 30, 2018 from 3:00 - 6:00 pm, in room 2168 at the Rayburn House Office Building.

"Since its founding, this nation has been built by immigrants from various countries and we continue to thrive as the world’s most powerful and prosperous nation because of our increasingly diverse immigrant population," observed Mark Jason, Founder & CEO of the Immigrant Tax Inquiry Group. “So it is heartbreaking for us to sit idly by and watch as immigration continues to tear at the very fabric of our country, even as we speak.”

On the one hand, President Trump recently called for a sweeping change in the U.S. immigration legal process and, on the other hand, human rights and various immigrant groups are apoplectic that 1,475 immigrant children were lost or untrackable in the Department of Homeland Security’s system. So the time has never been more opportune and the circumstances never more ideal for Americans on both sides of the immigration divide to come together and solve this nagging problem that is crippling our nation’s potential and ruining its image as a beacon of hope, freedom and justice around the world.

For the past several years, ITIG has been at the forefront of the immigration debate. As a not-for-profit, non-partisan, privately-funded organization, ITIG is committed to breaking the gridlock that has paralyzed America’s immigration policy. ITIG believes that any workable immigration solution needs to transform the lives of unauthorized immigrants and Americans alike. It should include a compassionate process that not only boosts the U.S. economy, but also ensures that unauthorized immigrants feel safe to come “out of the shadows” and productively assimilate into American society with dignity, respect, and ease.

Mark Jason, one of the participating panelists at the Forum, will present ITIG’s simple approach called Five + Five, which offers a third way between the two extremes of mass citizenship and mass deportation. More importantly, ITIG’s solution creates 1.7 million jobs and generates $210 billion in federal revenues that will help fund education, health care, infrastructure, and other essential services. Nonetheless, ITIG is eager to hear from other distinguished panelists at the Forum, which include members of academia, human rights groups, research organizations and tax policy foundations, including:

-Stephen J. Entin: Senior Fellow at the Tax Foundation

-Isabel Sanchez: Policy Advocate for the Coalition of Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles

-Clarissa Martinez-de-Castro: Deputy Vice President, Office of Research, Advocacy, and Legislation

-Jayesh Rathod: Director of the Immigrant Justice Clinic at the American University Washington College of Law

-Mark Jason: Founder & CEO of the Immigrant Tax Inquiry Group

About Immigration Tax Inquiry Group

Immigration Tax Inquiry Group is a not-for-profit, non-partisan and privately-funded organization that is dedicated to breaking the persistent gridlock that has left America’s immigration policy in a state of philosophical and political paralysis. The group was created on the core principle that immigrants and those who employ them should be part of the solution. Mark Jason, Founder & CEO of the Immigrant Tax Inquiry Group, is a former Special Agent for the Internal Revenue Service. He served as a budget analyst for the California State University System, and as a consultant for the Mexican government.

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