State and Local Immigration Policy

The Trans-Border Institute presents an important panel to discuss State and Local Immigration Policy, to take place on Tuesday, December 6th from 9:00 to 11:30 am at the Joan B. Kroc Theatre, University of San Diego.

While immigration reform largely has stalled in Washington, it has occupied a prominent place at other levels of government. The recall of Arizona State Senator Russell Pearce, lead sponsor of the heavily publicized SB 1070, and the recently passed Alabama immigration law HB 56 reflect the heated nature of this controversial and momentous issue. The objective of this panel is to generate discussion of immigration policy at state and local levels, especially in border states such as California. Among the issues to be discussed are the influence of Arizona’s SB 1070, the leveling of Mexican emigration and immigration to the United States, and the effects of the coming elections in the United States and Mexico.

Panelists Include:

  • Sam Abed, Mayor of Escondido
  • Angela Garcia, graduate student at UCSD and researcher at the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies
  • William D. Flores, Retired Assistant Sheriff for the San Diego Sheriff Department and Chairman of the San Diego Regional Hate Crime Coalition 
  • Pete Nunez, Chairman of the Board of Directors at the Center for Immigration Studies
  • Alberto Pulido, USD Professor and Chair of the Department of Ethnic Studies

This event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP to

For more information please contact the Trans-Border Institute at (619) 260-4090 or 



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