Latino Caucus Informational Briefing on Comprehensive Immigration Reform

August 27, 2013

Location: State Capitol, Room 447

Description: Receive a historical narrative and current analysis of comprehensive immigration reform from policy experts, business leaders, and community organizers. There will be a fruitful discussion about what we can expect in California and the next steps to ensure passage of comprehensive immigration reform at the federal level.

RSVP: Armando Chavez at (916) 651-1535 or via email at


Tentative Agenda

 Welcome & Introductions

2:00 pm

Senator Ricardo Lara, Chair of Latino Caucus (5 min)

Assembly Member V. Manuel Pérez, Vice Chair of Latino Caucus (5 min)


Panel 1 – Historical & Policy Overview

2:10 pm

Arnold Torres – Immigration Analyst (7 min)

Peter Schey – President, Center for Human Rights & Constitutional Law (7 min)

2:25 pm  

Q&A (10 min)


Panel 2 – The California Economy, Foreign Labor, and Immigration Reform

2:35 pm

Carl Guardino – President/CEO, The Silicon Valley Leadership Group (7 min)

Barry Bedwell – President, California Grape & Tree Fruit League (7 min)

Mike Winn – President/CEO, The California Building Industry Association (7 min)

2:55 pm

Q&A (10 min)


Panel 3 – Workforce Development, Worker Rights, and Immigration Reform

3:05 pm

Art Pulaski – President, California Labor Federation (AFL-CIO) (7 min)

Diana Tellefson Torres – National Vice-President, United Farmworkers Union (UFW) (7 min)

David Huerta – Service Employees International Union (SEIU) (7 min)

3:35 pm

Q&A (10 min)


Panel 4 – The Immigrant Rights Movement and Immigration Reform

3:35 pm

Enrique Morones – President, Border Angels (7 min)

Angelica Salas – Executive Director, Coalition for Human & Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA) (7 min)

Antonio Gonzalez – Executive Director, Willie C. Velasquez Institute (7 min)

Reshma Shamasunder – Executive Director, California Immigrant Policy Center (7 min)

Arturo Carmona – President, (7 min)

Efrain Delgado - Dreamer Representative, The California Dream Network (7 min)

4:20 pm

Q&A (10 min)


Public Comment

4:30 pm