AUSTIN – The Texas Public Policy Foundation will host the policy panel “Immigration Reform: A Solution for Texas is a Solution for the Nation” at the 12th Annual Policy Orientation for the Texas Legislature on Thursday, January 9 at 11:10 a.m. at the Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol.

“With the longest Mexican border of any state, and with exceptionally diverse demography, Texas has a unique role to play in seeking and implementing effective solutions to the immigration debate,” said TPPF President Brooke Rollins, “Washington, D.C., has had the same basic status quo in effect for nearly half a century. Few claim to like it, yet it rarely changes. It’s time for innovative insights on immigration that depart from tired orthodoxies — and this panel of thinkers and leaders on immigration is a great start.”

Panelists include:

  • Barrett Duke, Vice President for Public Policy and Research for the Southern Baptist Convention Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission
  • Ike Brannon, Growth Fellow at the George W. Bush Institute and President of Capital Policy Analytics
  • Mike Gonzales, Vice President of Communications at the Heritage Foundation

The panel will be moderated by John Fund, Editor at The Wall Street Journal.

For twelve years, the 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. Last year’s Policy Orientation attracted approximately 1,100 attendees including 100 state legislators and hundreds of legislative staff from both sides of the aisle.

This year’s program includes more than 25 panel discussions and debates on the major issues affecting Texas’ future. The program will be updated with additional events and speakers in the coming weeks. Members of the public and media who wish to attend may register and view the agenda here: