Arizona Immigration Solutions Conference, October 15, 2011 Examining what works, What doesn't and identifying the best Immigration solution for Arizona

The Tucson AISC was held on Saturday October 15, 2011 at the Tucson Convention Center. In another well-attended conference, experts from around the country spoke wil local business leaders detailing the facts about how Arizona's immigration laws and policies are affectinf our state's economy, businesses and people. To get copies of the presentations used at this conference, please click on the "Presentation" link.

These public conferences bring together the best of the best of the country's immigration researchers, policy makers and members of the public to examine the impacts Arizona's immigration laws have had on our state and to begin the search for a better solution.

Speakers Confirmed for the Tucson AISC    

Glenn HamerDr. Catalina Amuedo-Dorantes is an economics professor at San Diego State University, where she has taught since 1999. She is currently on sabbatical at the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) where she is working on border enforcement and immigration. Her areas of interest include labor economics, international migration, and international finance, and she has published on contingent work contracts, the informal work sector, immigrant saving, international remittances and immigrant health care.

Dr. Catalina Amuedo-Dorantes, Professor of Economics
San Diego State University


Alex NowrastehAlex Nowrasteh is a policy analyst at the conservative Competitive Enterprise Institute. His op-eds have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Houston Chronicle, The Boston Globe, Investor's Business Daily, and numerous other newspapers and is a contributor on immigration on Fox News and CNN. His scholarly work has been published in The Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization. Mr. Nowrasteh will discuss the impacts state-based immigration laws have on free markets, trade, economic growth and business creation.

Alex Nowrasteh, Policy Analyst
Competitive Enterprise Institute

Paul BridgesDaniel Griswold is director of the Herbert A. Stiefel Center for Trade Policy Studies at the Cato Institute in Washington, D.C, and the author of the new Cato book, Mad about Trade: Why Main Street America Should Embrace Globalization. Since joining Cato in 1997, Mr. Griswold has authored major studies on globalization, trade, and immigration. He's written articles for major newspapers, appeared on CNBC, C-SPAN, CNN, PBS, and Fox News, and testified before House and Senate committees.

Daniel Griswold
CATO Institute


Julie ErfleJulie Erfle is the wife of Phoenix police officer Nick Erfle who was killed in the line of duty by a gang-banger who was a previously deported illegal immigrant. In the aftermath of her husband's death, Julie has had to deal with the realities of the immigration debate at many levels. She has a unique perspective and will discuss how this tragic event has shaped her views on what to do about the problem of illegal immigration. Her blog is

Julie Erfle, Blogger
Politics Uncuffed


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Conference Agenda Bringing the best and the brightest together to find a better immigration solution

 Registration Opens
9:30AM - 9:45
 Pledge of Allegiance, Prayer and Opening Remarks
9:45 - 11:00

 Immigration Realities - What the research shows

  • Dr. Raul Hinojosa, UCLA: “Rising Tide or Shrinking Pie” & “Stop the Convention”
  • Dr. Catalina Amuedo-Dorantes, San Diego State University: “Lessons from the 2007 Legal Arizona Workers Act”
  • Alex Nowrasteh, Competitive Enterprise Institute, "Lessons From Other Jurisdictions"
  • Dr. Jaime Aguila, ASU, "Immigrant Crime Before and After SB1070"
  • Moderator -Terry Greene Sterling, The Daily Beast, author
11:00 - Noon

 The Utah Compact: How it came to be and its impact on state immigration reform efforts nationwide

  • UT - Marty Carpenter- Director of Communication and Marketing, Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce
  • AZ - Daryl Williams - A Mormon Perspective
  • Moderator – Scott Higginson, FourSquare Group
Noon - 12:30
12:30 - 2:00

 Voices For A Better Approach

  • Daniel Griswold, CATO Institute- Impact on Local Economies
  • Julie Erfle - Impact on Families
  • Reese Woodling, Rancher - Impacts on Border Ranchers
  • Moderator - Ahmad Daniels, Creative Interchange
2:00 - 3:00
 Finding A New Arizona Solution
  • Glenn Hamer - Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • Cong. Raul Grijalva (D-7) - Border Infrastructure and Jobs Act
  • Todd Landfried - AZEIR
  • Moderator - James Garcia, Real Arizona Coalition
3:00 - 4:00

 Town Hall - Tucson Responds

  • James Garcia, Real Arizona Coalition
  • Rev. Phil Reller, One Arizona/Interfaith Leaders
  • Moderator - Todd Landfried

Conference agenda is subject to change.

Beyond the rhetoric

Bad policies come from bad information. During this conference, attendees will learn:

  • The economic impacts of the Legal Arizona Workers Act, S.B. 1070 and other immigration policies on Arizona
  • Find out about the Utah Compact
  • Discover how other states have learned from Arizona's actions
  • Discuss other solutions to the immigration problem
  • Meet national leaders concerned about fixing the immigration problem

Conference Reports & Papers

  • Stop the Convention [Full] [Summary]
  • Rising Tide or Shrinking Pie [Full] [Summary]
  • Lessons from the 2007 Legal Arizona Workers Act [PDFl]
  • Texas House Bill 2757 [PDF]
  • Utah House Bill 466 - Migrant Workers [As Signed]
  • Illegal Immigration, A Daryl Williams Essay [PDF]
  • Mero Moment: Extremism Is a Vice [Link]
  • AZEIR Immigration Alternative [PDF]

Conference Presentations

Below are papers and presentations given at the Arizona Immigration Solutions Conference

Panel Title - Presenter Presentation
Pre-show Presentation Immigration Statistics - Landfried

Immigration Realities

Rising Tide or Shrinking Pie - Hinojosa

The Impact of Mandated Employment Verification on Labor Market Outcomes - Catalina Amuedo-Dorantes

The Economic Perils of Restricting Immigration - Nowrasteh




The Utah Compact

Origin and Application of the Utah Compact - Carpenter

A Morman Perspective - Williams



Finding A New Arizona Solution

Arizona Chamber of Commerce - Hamer

Ellis Island Centers: A Concept for Sensible Immigration Reform





Registration is closed. Thanks to everyone who attended!

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Location:Community College Center at The Tucson Convention Center

Tucson Convention Center
260 S Church Ave
Turquoise Room
Tucson, AZ 85701 [Map]

How to Register

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