BuzzFeed Announces BuzzFeed Brews Special Edition: Immigration Summit

    Event will take place May 14 in Washington, D.C.

    New York, May 9, 2013 – BuzzFeed announced today it will expand its popular newsmaker series into a special edition focusing on the important policy and political conversations around immigration reform. On May 14, BuzzFeed Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith will interview some of the most interesting newsmakers and thought leaders focusing on immigration in Washington, D.C.

    6:30 - 7:15pm

    Ben Smith will moderate discussions between the following:

    Mario Lopez, President, Hispanic Leadership Fund

    • Clarissa Martinez, Director of Immigration & National Campaigns, National Council of La Raza

    • Derrick Morgan, VP of Domestic & Economic Policy, Heritage Foundation

    • Alex Nowrasteh, Immigration Policy Analyst, Cato Institute


    Ben Smith will interview the following:

    • Rep. Joaquin Castro (D - TX)

    • Luis G. Fortuño, Former Republican Governor of Puerto Rico

    "How Can The Internet Advance The Immigration Conversation?"

    Journalist, filmmaker and Founder of Define American Jose Antonio Vargas will prompt and moderate an online discussion around immigration during the event and will report back to Ben Smith with findings and insights.

    "Immigration is at the center of this year's policy conversation and we are excited to expand the BuzzFeed Brews series to be a part of it. We expect that our readers and the people following this debate on Twitter and other social platforms, will have both questions and answers for policymakers, and we're eager to facilitate this important conversation," said Smith.

    The BuzzFeed Brews Special Edition: Immigration Summit is sponsored by The Charles Koch Institute.

    "The Charles Koch Institute believes that advancing progress in our communities and the world around us begins by exchanging knowledge and ideas," said Richard Fink, Director of the Charles Koch Institute. "The importance and timeliness of the immigration debate make the need for such thoughtful dialogue imperative. Sponsoring a productive dialogue on this issue is a natural extension of our commitment to advance a free and prosperous society."

    The event will take place from 6:00 - 8:30pm on May 14, 2013 at The Liaison Hotel Capitol Hill. Drinks and food will be served throughout the event.

    Media are asked to RSVP at If you are a photographer or TV network looking to send a camera, please email Space and seating is limited so please RSVP as soon as possible to ensure access.

    Media Contact:

    Ashley McCollum

    BuzzFeed, Senior Press Director



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