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TODAY: First-Ever Southeast Summit on Immigration

June 11, 2012

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Alberto Gonzales, Dr. Richard Land to Speak Today at Southeast Summit on Immigration

Business, Political, Law Enforcement and Faith Leaders Gather in Atlanta

To view the summit live, please visit http://www.webcastingtechnologies.com/ss/

ATLANTA — As the Supreme Court prepares to rule on Arizona’s immigration law and as more states in the Southeast debate passing their own immigration laws, prominent figures in the region will convene today in Atlanta to discuss the importance of immigrants and immigration to the region’s economic and cultural vitality. Key stakeholders from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee will begin to develop a common understanding of the value of immigrants and immigration to the Southeast and to the country as a whole, and to renew calls for federal action.

Highlights of this rational discussion to forge a new consensus on immigrants and America include a keynote speech by former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. In addition, a broad range of regional leaders will participate in interactive panel discussions, including Dr. Richard Land, President of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission; Larry Wooten, President of the North Carolina Farm Bureau; and Archbishop Thomas Wenski of Miami.

Discussions will be organized around three topics:

· Economy: What role do immigrants and immigration play in the regional economy, and how are they important to the future of key industry sectors?

· Faith and culture: How are churches and communities being shaped by the arrival of immigrants in the region? How do state-level enforcement laws and issues with our current federal system affect our religious communities?

· Public Safety: How does the region’s sense of public safety hinge on the relationship between immigrants and law enforcement agencies?

The Southeast Summit builds on the successful Mountain West Summit in Salt Lake City, hosted by Republican Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff in October 2011. There, nearly 200 business, faith and law-enforcement leaders built new relationships, discussed state policies, and communicated to policymakers and the media about the need for pragmatic solutions at the federal level. The Southeast Summit expands that conversation to one of the most economically and culturally dynamic regions in the country.

WHAT: Southeast Summit: Forging a New Consensus on Immigrants and America.

HOSTS: Paul Bridges, Republican Mayor of Uvalda Georgia
Mark Shurtleff, Republican Attorney General of Utah
Jeb Bush Jr., COO, Jeb Bush & Associates and Board of Directors, National Immigration Forum
Chris Butts, Legislative Affairs Director, Georgia Green Industry Association
Charles Hall, Executive Director, Georgia Fruit & Vegetable Association
Charles Kuck, Managing Partner, Kuck Immigration Partners LLC
Brian Burt, Executive Director, World Relief Atlanta

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales

WHEN: Monday, June 11, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

WHERE: W Downtown Hotel, 45 Ivan Allen Junior Boulevard, Atlanta

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The Southeast Summit:
Forging a New Consensus on Immigrants and America
Agenda

9:15 a.m.: Opening Remarks

· Paul Bridges, Mayor, Uvalda, Ga.

9:30 a.m.: Economic Overview: Immigrants and Labor in the Southeast

· Julie L. Hotchkiss, Ph.D., Research Economist and Policy Advisor, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

10:30 to 11:30 a.m.: The Economic Need for Immigrants and Immigration in the Southeast

What role do immigrants and immigration play in the current regional economy, and how are they important to the future of key industry sectors? How will the Supreme Court’s decision this month affect business owners in the region?

Moderator: Ralph Schulz, President and CEO, Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce

· Karen Bremer, Executive Director, Georgia Restaurant Association

· Charles H. Kuck, Managing Partner, Kuck Immigration Partners LLC

· Larry Wooten, President, North Carolina Farm Bureau

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: Faith and Culture in the Southeast

How have communities of faith, and the culture of the Southeast overall, been shaped by the arrival of immigrants in the region? How do problems in the immigration system affect communities, particularly religious communities and their epicenters?

Moderator: Rick Sanchez

· Dr. Richard Land, President, Southern Baptist Convention Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission

· Archbishop Thomas Wenski, Archbishop of Miami, FL

· Jerry Gonzalez, Executive Director of GALEO

· Tim Campbell, Director, Hope for Atlanta and Advocate, Immigrant Hope-Atlanta

12:30 p.m.: Lunch and Keynote Address:

· Former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales

1:30 to 2:30 p.m.: Smart Law Enforcement in the Southeast

How does the region’s sense of public safety hinge on the relationship between immigrants and law enforcement?

Moderator: Mark Shurtleff, Attorney General, Utah

· Larry Godwin, Deputy Commissioner, Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security

· Chief John F. King, Chief of Police of Dorasville, Ga.
Closing Remarks

· Ali Noorani, Executive Director, National Immigration Forum

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