Mountain West Summit: October 2011

October 2011 – Mountain West Summit: Nearly 200 prominent figures from business, law enforcement, faith and government in the Mountain West convened on October 26, 2011 in Salt Lake City to discuss the importance of immigrants and immigration to the region’s economic and cultural vitality.  Hosted by Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff, the Summit brought together key stakeholders from Colorado, Utah, Wyoming and Idaho for a rational discussion on immigrants and America.

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Videos from the Mountain West Summit
Opening remarks by Ken Verdoia of KUED-TV and Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff:

Keynote speaker Ruben Navarette:


Paul Bridges, Mayor of Uvalda, Georgia:


Panel, “Keeping our Communities Safe,” with Salt Lake City Chief of Police Chris Burbank and Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff. Moderated by Doug Wright of KSL Radio, Salt Lake City.


Panel, “The Mountain West Economy and Immigrants,” with Andy Grant of Grant Family Farms (Colorado); Frank Vandersloot of Melaleuca (Idaho); Natalie Gochnour of the Salt Lake City Chamber of Commerce. Moderated by Kenneth R. McClure of the Idaho Business Coalition for Immigration


Panel, “Faith Communities Intersection with Immigrants,” with Father Martin Diaz, St. Therese Parish, Midvale, Utah; Reverend Steven Mitchell, First Congregational United Church of Christ, Rock Springs, Wyoming; Mark Kadel, Spokane, Washington. Moderated by Paul Mero, Sutherland Institute, Utah.


Closing Remarks by Paul Mero of the Sutherland Institute and Ali Noorani of the National Immigration Forum:

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