Former U.S. Rep. Bruce Morrison (D-New Haven) led the writing and passage of the Immigration Act of 1990, one of only two major immigration bills in American history to increase legal immigration.

At the Institution for Social and Policy Studies last month, he drew on his experience and knowledge of Congress to describe how to overcome the current inability to produce new legislation addressing who can come to the United States and what to do with the millions of unauthorized people who are already here.

“We really need to start small, start with things that everybody agrees aren’t working,” Morrison said. “Nothing builds confidence in the legislative arena more than success.”

The event was co-sponsored by the Yale Jackson School of Global Affairs and moderated by Bonnie Weir, a senior lecturer in global affairs, assistant dean for undergraduate education at the Jackson School, and founding co-director of the Program on Peace and Development at Yale University.

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