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IMPAC Fund Summit - Beyond Politics: A Bipartisan Conversation on Immigration Reform

  • University of Miami Newman Alumni Center 6200 San Amaro Drive Coral Gables, FL, 33146 United States (map)

Beyond Politics: A Bipartisan Conversation on Immigration Reform

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The IMPAC Fund strives to be a catalyst of change. Our goal is to affect change by developing and deepening the sense of accountability among industry leaders, community leaders and elected officials around immigration in the United States and migrating them towards a pro-immigrant stance through bipartisan leadership.

The summit, hosted by the University of Miami, seeks to create and drive dialogue that promotes deeper ties and fosters support mechanisms between the business sector and immigrant communities. These communities are the engines of growth, innovation, entrepreneurship and new ventures that will keep the U.S. economy thriving.

Miami is an immigrant town, but our national leadership has failed us on the whole question of immigration. Our efforts look to boost that missing middle between thinking about a change initiative on immigration and actually achieving a desirable humane outcome for thousands of law-abiding immigrants.

This summit will be a step in that direction.

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Who Will Attend

National business leaders, thought leaders, academics, and elected officials (with a particular emphasis on the South Florida community) who look to better understand the current immigration debacle, become more active in the debate and possess a desire to be part of the solution to effectuate change. Industries and groups represented will include: landscaping, tourism, agriculture, seafood, shipyards, technology, restaurant, banking, academia/think tanks, media, law enforcement, and legal.

Distinguished Guests

Notable guest speakers and panelists include: former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, Voto Latino President & CEO Maria Teresa Kumar, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and immigration activist Jose Antonio Vargas, Miami-Dade County Public Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho, Republican strategist and CNN commentator Ana Navarro, BuzzFeed White House reporter Adrian Carrasquillo, Congressman Carlos Curbelo, Americans for Immigrant Justice Executive Director Cheryl Little, University of Miami President Dr. Julio Frenk, DREAMers RoadMap Founder Sarahi Espinoza Salamanca, and many more.

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Ana Navarro

Ana Navarro is a Nicaraguan-American Republican strategist and political commentator for various news outlets, including CNN, CNN en Español, ABC News, Telemundo, and The View. Navarro was the national Hispanic campaign chairwoman for John McCain in 2008, national Hispanic co-chair for Jon Huntsman's 2012 campaign, and supported Jeb Bush's candidacy in 2016.


Archbishop Thomas Wenski

Archbishop Thomas Wenski was appointed the fourth Archbishop of Miami and Metropolitan of the Province of Miami in 2010.  He has served as Archdiocese Director of Catholic Charities and served on numerous boards including Catholic Hospice, Catholic Charities, Catholic Charities Legal Services, and St. Thomas University, and later as Coadjutor Bishop and Ordinary of Orlando. He also served as chair of CLINIC (Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc.) (1998-2001), chair of the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops' Committee on Migration (2001-2004); and chair of the conference's Committee on International Policy (2004-2008) and currently he continues as a consultant to the Committee on Migration, and a member of the Conference's Secretariat for the Church in Latin America , the committee for International Justice and Peace, and CLINIC.


Jose Antonio Vargas

Jose Antonio Vargas is a journalist and filmmaker, and serves as the CEO of Define American and #EmergingUS. Jose was part of The Washington Post team that won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Reporting for coverage of the Virginia Tech shooting. Vargas revealed his undocumented immigration status in an article in The New York Times Magazine. He went on to produce and direct his autobiographical documentary, Documented, broadcasted by CNN, and later directed MTV’s White People.  He also currently serves on the advisory board of, a scholarship fund for undocumented immigrant students.


Enrique Acevedo

Enrique Acevedo is the anchor of the award-winning Noticiero Univision late-night edition, and a special correspondent for The Fusion Media Group.  Acevedo has covered the news around the world for print, broadcast and digital media, including Fidel Castro's funeral in Cuba, the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami in Japan, the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Africa, the humanitarian crisis in Haiti and the drug wars in Mexico and Latin America. He's also reported on every major news story in the U.S. for the past decade. During the 2016 presidential cycle he co-moderated Univision's Democratic Debate and led the network's electoral coverage along Maria Elena Salinas and Jorge Ramos.  His work has been published in The New York Times, El Pais, Reforma, Milenio, Letras Libres, Fusion and The New York Review of Magazines. He's a frequent contributor on NPR's Here and Now, and on many of the most popular radios shows across Latin America.


José Miguel Vivanco

José Miguel Vivanco, director of Human Rights Watch's Americas division, is a general expert on Latin America. Before joining Human Rights Watch, Vivanco worked as an attorney for the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights at the Organization of American States (OAS).  In 1990, he founded the Center for Justice and International Law, an NGO that files complaints before international human rights bodies. Vivanco has also been an adjunct professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center and the School of Advanced International Studies at John Hopkins University. He has published articles in leading American and Latin American newspapers and is interviewed regularly for television news.


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Breakfast; Opening Keynote

Miami-Dade County Public Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho

8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Business & Economy

Show me the money: Implications of poor immigration policies on the country’s long term economic growth and prosperity.

9:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Education & Entrepreneurship

From low skill to high tech: How current immigration policies will impede America from leading and innovating in a globalized economy.

11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Lunch; Fireside Chat with former Florida Governor Jeb Bush

12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Naturalization & Community Building

Worth the wait? The importance of being a citizen and the legal challenges that immigrants, attorneys and civic leaders face under the current system.

2:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Closing Remarks & Networker

IMPAC Founder & MBF Healthcare Chairman Mike Fernandez

3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Sponsorship Opportunities

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