The Next America: Population 2043

January 20, 2015
Washington, D.C.

Today, Amer­ica is ex­per­i­en­cing one of the largest demo­graph­ic shifts in our coun­try’s his­tory. Di­versity is deep­en­ing across the coun­try, both in cit­ies where it is already well es­tab­lished and in com­munit­ies that have not pre­vi­ously felt those cur­rents.

The na­tion’s demo­graph­ic shifts are cre­at­ing im­port­ant chal­lenges and dy­nam­ic op­por­tun­it­ies for com­munit­ies across the coun­try as they grapple with the change that im­mig­rants and oth­er new ar­rivals bring to their neigh­bor­hoods. Des­pite Wash­ing­ton grid­lock and po­lar­iz­a­tion on im­mig­ra­tion is­sues, state and loc­al lead­ers are work­ing to­geth­er to get things done. In dozens of cit­ies, may­ors are both de­bat­ing these top­ics and cre­at­ing smart solu­tions to im­mig­ra­tion that could serve as a blue­print for the rest of the coun­try.

On Janu­ary 20, Na­tion­al Journ­al hos­ted a town hall in Wash­ing­ton, DC that con­vened the coun­try’s key may­ors and opin­ion lead­ers for a ro­bust dis­cus­sion about the na­tion’s di­ver­si­fic­a­tion and its im­plic­a­tions for com­munit­ies across the United States. We dis­cussed what factors have driv­en the coun­try’s deep­en­ing di­versity? How are cit­ies ad­apt­ing to the na­tion’s demo­graph­ic shifts? What ef­fect will Pres­id­ent Obama’s ex­ec­ut­ive or­der have on im­mig­ra­tion re­form? And what les­sons can Wash­ing­ton learn from loc­al of­fi­cials for­ging a new, di­verse Amer­ic­an iden­tity?

Presented by

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  • Alfonso Aguilar
    Alfonso Aguilar Executive Director Latino Partnership for Conservative Principles
  • Ralph Becker
    Ralph Becker Mayor Salt Lake City, UT
  • Ron Brownstein
    Ron Brownstein Editorial Director Atlantic Media
  • Henry Cisneros
    Henry Cisneros Co-Chair of the Housing Commission Bipartisan Policy Center
  • Anna Crosslin
    Anna Crosslin President and CEO International Institute
  • Eric Garcetti
    Eric Garcetti Mayor Los Angeles, CA
  • Steve Hogan
    Steve Hogan Mayor Aurora, CO
  • David Lubell
    David Lubell Executive Director Welcoming America
  • Ana Navarro
    Ana Navarro Contributor CNN
  • Renata Soto
    Renata Soto Chair National Council of La Raza
  • Amy Sullivan
    Amy Sullivan Senior Editor Yahoo News
  • Tom Tait
    Tom Tait Mayor Anaheim, CA
  • Matt Vasilogambros
    Matt Vasilogambros Staff Correspondent National Journal


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