Arizona Immigration Solutions Conference, November 12, 2011 Examining what works, What doesn't and identifying the best Immigration solution for Arizona

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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 Yuma AISC    

Glenn HamerDr. Magnus Lofstrom is a Research Fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC). His research interests include immigration, self-employment, education, welfare and earnings inequality. He received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, San Diego in 1999. Prior to joining PPIC, Magnus Lofstrom was an Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Texas at Dallas.

Dr. Magnus Lofstrom, Policy Fellow
Public Policy Institute of California


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 BridgesPaul W. Bridges is the Republican Mayor of Uvalda, GA and father of three adult children. He was born in Vidalia, GA, holds a Master in Education, and is retired from Southern Nuclear Company. Mayor Bridges' remarks will focus on how his state's immigration laws have impacted the agriculture industry in his small rural community, its tax base and its ability to provide services.

Mayor Paul Bridges (R)
Uvalda, Georgia


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”
  • Alex Nowrasteh, Competitive Enterprise Institute, "Lessons From Other Jurisdictions"
  • Dan Griswold, CATO Institute
  • Moderator - Todd Landfried, AZEIR
11:00 - Noon

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

  • UT - Scott Higginson - The Utah Compact
  • AZ - Daryl Williams - A Mormon Perspective
  • Moderator – Scott Higginson, FourSquare Group
Noon - 12:30
12:30 - 2:00

 Voices For A Better Approach

  • Mayor Paul Bridges, Uvalda, GA - The Georgia Experience
  • Julie Erfle - Impact on Families
  • Tim Dunn, Dunn Grain - Impacts on Yuma Agriculture Production
  • Miguel Escobar, Mexican Consul for Yuma - Impacts on Trade
  • Moderator - Todd Landfried, AZEIR
2:00 - 3:00
 Finding A New Arizona Solution
  • Glenn Hamer - Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • Bill Montgomery - Maricopa County Attorney
  • Todd Landfried - AZEIR
  • Moderator - James Garcia, Real Arizona Coalition
3:00 - 4:00

 Town Hall - Mesa 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 Economic Perils of Restricting Immigration - Nowrasteh



The Utah Compact

Origin and Application of the Utah Compact - Higginson

The Utah Compact: A Morman Perspective - Williams



Voice for a Better Approach

Tim Dunn, Owner, Dunn Grain Company

Finding A New Arizona Solution

Arizona Chamber of Commerce - Hamer