AUSTIN – The Texas Public Policy Foundation will host “Securing the Border: A Symposium on Solution” tomorrow, September 4, 2014, from 11:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at the Texas State Capitol Legislative Conference Center located in room E2.002.

There is consensus that the modern American immigration system works poorly, and nearly half a century after the outlines of our immigration framework were crafted, the nation is ready for reform.  Some of the most interesting and incisive ideas, observations, and innovations have come from conservatives and libertarians who approach the question of a secure border from a liberty-oriented perspective. This groundbreaking panel – a direct follow-up to the Policy Primer of August 27th, “What is Actually Happening on the Texas Border” – engages eminent thinkers from across the conservative and libertarian spectrum on real systemic solutions to an enduring systemic problem. “Securing the Border: A Symposium on Solutions” will highlight the tremendous diversity of thought on the liberty-oriented side toward this perennial issue — and it will present new and innovative ideas on how we can turn a genuine crisis into a tremendous opportunity. Panelists include: 

  • The Honorable Todd Staples – Texas Agriculture Commissioner (moderator)
  • Mike Gonzalez – Senior Fellow, Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy at the Heritage Foundation
  • Shikha Dalmia – Senior Analyst, Reason Foundation
  • Laura Collins – Director of Immigration Policy, American Action Forum


To learn more please contact Caroline Espinosa at or 512.472.2700.


WHO:     Texas Public Policy Foundation
WHAT:   Securing the Border: A Symposium on Solutions
WHEN:   TOMORROW, September 4, 2014
               11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.     
WHERE: Texas State Capitol
               Legislative Conference Center
               1100 Congress Ave
               Room E2.002
               Austin, TX 78701  


The Texas Public Policy Foundation is a non-profit, free-market research institute based in Austin.

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