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For over thirteen years, the Texas Public Policy Foundation’s Policy Orientation has been one of the nation’s top policy conferences, selling out each year while bringing together lawmakers, policy experts, and engaged citizens from across the political spectrum to discuss critical issues facing the Lone Star State and America. 

Policy Orientation 2016 will be held January 6-8 at the Hilton Austin. For more information and to register, please visit policyorientation.com.
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Thursday, January 7 • 3:30pm - 4:45pm
Time to Bring Migrant Worker Programs Under the Control of the States?

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The federal government has failed to fix the legal immigration system or prevent illegal immigration to the states. Is it time, then, for the states to be given a freer hand to determine their own migration policies? The panel will debate a proposal to pass state-level legislation that asks the federal government for a waiver to create a state-based migrant worker program, under which states would regulate and control the entry of additional migrants into the state for work or any other economic activity the state wants to encourage—but under the control of the state rather than Washington.

Moderators
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Dr. Thomas Lindsay

Director, Center for Higher Education & Center for Tenth Amendment Studies, Texas Public Policy Foundation
Tom Lindsay, Ph.D., is director of the Foundation’s Center for Higher Education. He has more than two decades’ experience in education management and instruction, including service as a dean, provost, and college president. | | In 2006, Lindsay joined the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) staff as director of the agency’s signature initiative, We the People, which supports teaching and scholarship in American... Read More →

Speakers
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Senator Bob Hall

Texas State Senate
Texas Senator Bob Hall has proven himself to be a true champion of liberty.  Senator Hall graduated from The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina with a degree in Electrical Engineering and received a Regular Commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the US Air Force. While a cadet at the Citadel he received numerous awards for leadership. He was the only Air Force Cadet selected to be a Battalion Commander and was awarded the coveted Wade... Read More →
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Alex Nowrasteh

Immigration Policy Analyst, Cato Institute
Alex Nowrasteh is the immigration policy analyst at the Cato Institute. His popular publications have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, the Washington Post, the Houston Chronicle, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Post, and elsewhere. His academic publications have appeared in the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, the Fletcher Security Review, and Public Choice. Alex has... Read More →
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Representative Gilbert Peña

Texas House of Representatives
Gilbert Peña was elected to the Texas House of Representatives in November 2014 to serve District 144, encompassing Pasadena and portions of Houston, Baytown, Deer Park, La Porte, and South Houston. Gilbert was born in Galveston in 1949 to Spanish-speaking parents. He moved to Houston when he was nine years old, where he started school and began learning English. Coming from a meager upbringing, Gilbert worked picking cotton during the... Read More →


Thursday January 7, 2016 3:30pm - 4:45pm
Salon J

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