Laura Collins

Director, Bush Institute-SMU Economic Growth Initiative
George W. Bush Institute

Laura Collins serves as Director, Bush Institute-SMU Economic Growth Initiative at the George W. Bush Institute. Ms. Collins previously served as the Director of Immigration Policy at the American Action Forum. She has experience in politics, working as a Senior Research Analyst at the Republican National Committee for the 2012 election cycle and in the Texas House of Representatives for the 82nd Legislature. A former practicing attorney, Ms. Collins earned a JD from The University of Texas School of Law and a BBA from the University of Oklahoma.

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Read the article Immigration: Finding a way forward.
Jan 18, 2023

Immigration: Finding a way forward

By: Laura Collins
Immigration law and policy in the United States have needed updates for decades. Our current legal immigration system is inadequate to support our 21st century economy. It also needlessly discriminates against many qualified immigrants with inflexible caps on everything from education to country of origin.
Read the article No Justice: Gender-based Violence and Migration in Central America.
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Dec 6, 2021

No Justice: Gender-based Violence and Migration in Central America

By: Natalie Gonnella-Platts, Jenny Villatoro, Laura Collins
Gender-based violence affects one in three women worldwide, making it an urgent and important policy challenge. Violence against women and girls is often excluded from conversations on the nexus of Central American migration, regional development, and domestic immigration reform.
Read the article We Still Have a Role to Play in Afghanistan.
Sep 23, 2021

We Still Have a Role to Play in Afghanistan

By: Laura Collins, Natalie Gonnella-Platts
The United States and the international community must act to protect the health and safety of those vulnerable to the Taliban, especially women and girls.
Read the article What’s Happening at the U.S.-Mexico Border?.
Mar 11, 2021

What’s Happening at the U.S.-Mexico Border?

By: Laura Collins
Thousands of Central American migrant children fleeing poverty and violence are in detention facilities along the U.S.-Mexico border. The headline-making surge once again spotlights the debate on how the United States handles holding immigrant children and the facilities they are detained in.
Read the article Smart Border Policy For The 21st Century.
Border patrol vehicle.
Feb 17, 2021

Smart Border Policy For The 21st Century

By: Matthew Rooney, Laura Collins
From migration to trade to security, policy solutions must recognize that today’s reality and tomorrow’s problems require a comprehensive solution to the border.