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Metro State hosts immigration debate series

First debate features former Colorado Gov. Lamm and economist Benjamin Powell

Posted: September 17, 2007

(Denver, Colo.) — Metropolitan State College of Denver’s School of Business is sponsoring a debate regarding immigration between economist Benjamin Powell and former Colorado Gov. Richard Lamm. “Immigration: Economic Boom or Bust – Separating Myth from Reality” will be held on Thursday, Sept. 27 in the Tivoli Turnhalle. This will be the first in a series of debates at Metro State on the immigration issue. The series is open to the public.

Costs range from free for general admission to $26 for lunch with reserved seating for Metro State faculty, staff and students; $30 for all others. To register for lunch and for more information go to Registration for lunch ends Sept. 21.

The program, which will run from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., begins with each side presenting theory and facts supporting their respective positions. After lunch, an open forum will give Powell and Lamm the opportunity to provide rejoinders and respond to questions from the audience.

“This event and the programs to follow in the series will place Metro State in the spotlight for assuming leadership in addressing this complex and divisive issue as the U.S. moves into the important 2008 election cycle,” said School of Business Dean John Cochran.

Benjamin Powell, who holds a Ph.D. in economics from George Mason University, is an assistant professor of economics at Boston’s Suffolk University and an economist with the university’s Beacon Hill Institute, an economics think tank. He has written widely about immigration including “How to Reform Immigration Law” in the April 2006 Atlanta Journal Constitution, “Economic Myths of Immigration” in the December 2005 San Diego Union-Tribune and “Immigration Reform that Both Sides Can Support” in the May 2005 Phoenix Business Journal.

Richard Lamm was governor of Colorado from 1975-87. Currently he is co-director of the Institute for Public Policy Studies and executive director of the Center for Public Policy Issues and Contemporary Studies, both at the University of Denver. He is chairman of the Advisory Board of the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), and on the Board of Directors of the Diversity Alliance for a Sustainable America (DASA).


About Metropolitan State College of Denver

Metro State is a fully-accredited, four-year institution, serving more than 21,000 students. It has the second-largest undergraduate enrollment in Colorado and is one of the largest four-year public colleges in the nation. Metro State enrolls the highest number of students of color among four-year colleges in the state. It boasts 60,000 alumni, 90 percent of whom stay in Colorado after graduation. Visit Metro State at

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