Arizona Immigration Solutions Conference, May 7, 2011 Examining what works, What doesn't and identifying the best Immigration solution for Arizona

The conference was a great success. Thanks to everyone who attended!

This public conference brought together the best of the best of the country's immigration researchers, policy makers and 200 members of the public to assess the impacts of Arizona's immigration laws and to begin the search for a better solution. Below are some quotes from conferees.

"There is always some type of glitch in programs such as these, however, I found this program to be flawless. Great venue with plenty of seating, plenty of refreshments. plenty of food and great speakers with great presentations. I honestly don't see how you could have done any better. It was obvious that a lot of planning and hard work went into this event."

Victor Hoelscher


"I've attended a lot of immigration meetings and conferences, some in Washington, and I have to say this was the best, most informative immigration conference I have ever attended."

Mayor Alan L. Krieger
City Of Yuma

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

 Registration Opens
!0:00 - 10:15
 Pledge of Allegiance, Prayer and Opening Remarks
10:15 - 11:45

 Immigration Realities - What the research shows

  • Ben Johnson, American Immigration Council: “Stop the Convention”
  • Dr. Raul Hinojosa, UCLA: “Rising Tide or Shrinking Pie”
  • Dr. Magnus Lofstrom, Public Policy Institute of California: “Lessons from the 2007 Legal Arizona Workers Act”
  • Dr. Jaime Aguila, ASU, "Immigrant Crime Before and After SB1070"
  • Moderator - Terry Greene Sterling
11:45 - 12:15
12:15 - 1:00

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

  • UT - Stan Rasmussen - Sutherland Institute
  • UT – Rep. Holly Richardson (R-57)
  • AZ - Daryl Williams - A Mormon Perspective
  • Moderator – Ahmad Daniels
1:00 - 2:00

 Voices For A Better Approach

  • Mayor Phil Gordon - Impact on Communities
  • John Augustine - Impact on Agriculture
  • Al Preciado - Impact on Real Estate
  • John Loredo - Impact on Politics
  • Mexican Consulate, Joel Ostos - Impact on Trade
  • Moderator - Kevin Rogers, Arizona Farm Bureau
2:00 - 3:00
 Finding A New Arizona Solution
  • Glenn Hamer, Arizona Chamber of Commerce & Industry
  • Rev. John Dorhauer, United Church of Christ
  • AZ Senator Adam Driggs (R-11)
  • AZ Representative Russ Jones, (R-24)
  • Todd Landfried, AZEIR
  • Moderator - Joe Dana, 12 News Anchor & Reporter
3:00 - 4:00

 Town Hall - Community Input On A New Direction

  • David Selden, Attorney
  • Lucy Mason, former State Representative (R-3)
  • Sheridan Bailey, Ironco Enterprises
  • Chief Jeffrey Kirkham, Nogales Police Department

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 S.B. 1070 on Arizona
  • Find out about the Utah Compact
  • Discover how other states have learned from Arizona's failures
  • 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 [Full]
  • Texas House Bill 2757 [Status] [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



Conference Photos & Video

Video clips from the conference presentations


Opening Remarks - Rev. Phil Reller

Panel 1

Panel 1 - Immigration Realities (L-R Ben JOhnson, Raul Hinojosa, Magnus Lofstrom, Jaime Aguila)

Panel 4

Panel 4 - ALternative Solutions (L-R, Glenn Hamer, Bill Montgomery, John Dorhauer, Russ Jones (not visible), Adam Driggs, Todd Landfried)

Panel 1 - Immigration Realities

Panel 2

Panel 2 - The Utah Compact (L-R, Daryl Williams, Stan Rasmussen)

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.

Conference Sponsors: