Arizona Immigration Solutions Conference, October 8, 2011 Examining what works, What doesn't and identifying the best Immigration solution for Arizona

The Yuma AISC will be held at the Mesa Community College Kirk Student Center on Saturday, September 17, 2011. Doors will open at 8:30AM for attendee sign-in and the conference will begin promptly at 10AM. Attendance is open to the public. Registration is now open.

These public conferences bring together the best of the best of the country's immigration researchers, policy makers and 200 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 Mesa AISC    

Glenn HamerDr. Sarah Bohn is a research fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC), where she studies immigrants, immigration policy, and labor force issues. Her work focuses specifically on the effects of immigration on the labor market, immigration policy reform, and the economic progress of immigrants in the United States. She holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Maryland, College Park. She will discuss the effects of Arizona's Legal Arizona Workers Act (2007) on the state's labor markets and economy.

Dr. Sarah Bohn, 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

Upcoming Conference Schedule:

  • Mesa, Saturday, September 17, 2011 - MCC Kirk Student Center [Buy Tickets]
  • Yuma, Saturday, September 24, 2011 - Arizona Western College Community Center [Buy Tickets]
  • Tucson, Saturday, October 15, 2011 - TBD [On Sale Sept. 1]

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Conference Agenda - Final 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. Sarah Bohn, Public Policy Institute of California: “Lessons from the 2007 Legal Arizona Workers Act”
  • Dr. Jaime Aguila, ASU, "Immigrant Crime Before and After SB1070"
  • Moderator - George Cunningham, Grand Canyon Institute
11:00 - Noon

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

  • UT - Natalie Gochnour - EVP and Chief Economist, Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce
  • UT – Rep. Holly Richardson (R-57)
  • 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 - Impact on Local Economies
  • Julie Erfle - Impact on Families
  • Norman Adams - Texas Business Reacts to Legislative Proposals
  • Alex Nowrasteh, Competitive Enterprise Institute - Impacts on Free Markets, Trade and Economic Growth
  • Fernado De La Mora, Mexican Consulate - Impacts on Cross-border Trade
  • Moderator - Ahmad Daniels, One Arizona/Interfaith Leaders
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

Stop the Convention - Johnson

Rising Tide or Shrinking Pie - Hinojosa

Lessons from the 2007 Legal Arizona Workers Act - Lofstrom




The Utah Compact

Origin and Application of the Utah Compact - Rasussen

The Utah Compact: A Morman Perspective - Williams


Voice for a Better Approach


Finding A New Arizona Solution

Arizona Chamber of Commerce - Hamer






Regitration is closed. Thanks to those who attended this event!

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Location: Kirk Student Center, Mesa Community College

Jinnet B. Kirk Student Center
Mesa Community College
1833 West Southern Ave [map]
Mesa, AZ 85202

How to Register

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Conference Sponsors Business, Faith and Community Leaders Coming Together to find better immigration solutions

For the first time, a broad coalition of business leaders, faith leaders, community leaders, academics and law enforcement leaders have come together to ask the simple question "is there a better way to solve the immigration problem?" These organizations are made up of many of the state's most forward thinking and practical leaders who share one goal: solving the problem.

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