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Immigration Conference
Hits Phoenix Dec. 10 to 12

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More Than 1,000 Are Expected To Discuss The Multi-Faceted Impacts Of Immigration on the U.S. And The Southwest

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By Karen Weil
Modern Times Magazine

Dec. 5, 2017 — With the fates of DACA recipients up in the air, and the Trump administration’s recent decision to remove Haitian and Nicaraguans from protected status, a Phoenix-based conference seems to be taking place at just the right time.

The National Immigration Integration Conference is being held Dec. 10 through 12 at the Phoenix Convention Center, 100 N. Third St.

According to organizers, over 1,000 people will attend the convention, including those from the immigrant and refugee rights community, along with experts, service providers and policy makers.

The conference “will help set the national agenda to build, deepen and broaden the power and support with and for immigrant and refugee communities,” according to the National Partnership for New Americans and Phoenix-based Promise Arizona. Both organizations are sponsoring the conference.

Over 2 million immigrants began the process of becoming U.S. citizens, and in the last national election new Americans turned out to vote in record numbers, said Petra Falcon, executive director of Promise Arizona.

“Building a nation with justice for all cannot be accomplished without the voices and vote of immigrants and new Americans,” Falcon added. “Together, we will build on this message and sharpen our tools to promote citizenship and civic engagement. NIIC will be setting the stage for what’s to come in 2018.”

The theme for this year’s conference is “And Justice for All,” with a focus on sharing and developing strategies to protect, strengthen and integrate immigrants and refugees into the U.S. system, organizers said.

This three-day conference will offer numerous panels and workshops with over 125 speakers, leaders, organizations and networks.

A opening panel of Arizona justice leaders will discuss effective strategies behind the resistance and civic engagement efforts statewide.

Speakers participating in Lessons from Arizona And The Southwest will discuss the success of court challenges against the controversial Senate Bill 1070, voting Sheriff Joe Arpaio out of office and opposing recent mass deportations.

The panel will also examine the push to elect more Latinos, women and other people color to public office.

Falcon will moderate the panel, and featured speakers will be Montserrat Arredondo Duran, of One Arizona; Alejandra Gomez, Living United for Change in Arizona; Carlos Garcia, Puente; Pastor Warren Stewart, First International Baptist Church; Isabel Garcia, Derechos Humanos; and Alfredo Gutierrez, an author and activist.

To learn more about the conference, visit niic2017.org or Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/integrationconference/
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