National Leadership Summit for Immigration Reform

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National Leadership Summit for Immigration Reform, was held March 16, 2013, at UC Riverside.

It was organized by UCR AIR — the student-led Alliance for Immigration Reform — and Armando Navarro, UCR professor of ethnic studies.

Joseph Cobbs, co-chair of UCR AIR, said at a Feb. 22 press conference announcing the summit. Student organizers acknowledge the challenges of reforming immigration policy, he said, but believe that “just because there is no action on Capitol Hill doesn’t mean that we can’t act” in a way that informs the debate".[1]


Maria Elena Durazo and Eliseo Medina delivered the keynote addresses.

Policymakers attending were:

Participating scholars were:

Speaking during the lunch hour was Gil Cedillo, former California state senator and assemblyman and a candidate for election to the Los Angeles City Council; Lucero Chavez, an ACLU staff attorney; and Sen. Ana Gabriela Guevara of Mexico’s Labor Party and the Migratory Affairs Commission.

Presenting responses to legislation proposed by Congress and President Barack Obama were:

Participating in the strategy planning session was: Maria Jimenez; Isabel Garcia; Nita Gonzales; Luz Gallegos, Justice for Immigrants Coalition-Inland Empire; Angelica Salas of CHIRLA, California; Carlos Arango, Illinois; a representative from Black Alliance for Immigration Reform; Francisco Bravo, Dreamers-Dream Team of Orange County; Walter Ulloa, chairman and chief executive officer of Entravision Communications Corp.; Fernando Garcia, Texas; Mario Lazcano, director of Comite Latino, California; Rachel LaZar; Juan Carlos Loera; Javier Rodriguez, political strategist and independent journalist; and Jose Jaques Mediana.[2]


Summit sponsors were: Entravision Commuication Corp., UCR College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, UCR Asian Student Programs, UCR Chicano Student Programs, UCR Department of Ethnic Studies, UCR LGBT Program, UCR YOK Center for Korean American Studies, the law firm of Carlos Juarez, Oro Group, and the UCR Immigration Research Group.[3]