Wayne N. and Julia E. Aspinall Foundation

The Wayne N. and Julia E. Aspinall Foundation, Inc. was formed in 1968. Its purpose is to honor the late Congressman by encouraging the fine traditions of public service and education to which he was dedicated. That goal is being accomplished by providing meaningful educational opportunities to students and to the general public at Colorado Mesa University.

The Foundation's programs rely upon the funding and are expanded or decreased based on funding available.

Upcoming Event

Dr. Rey Koslowski presents, "The Symbolic Politics of Border Control and Immigration Reform"

If Democrats and Republicans can agree that eleven million unauthorized immigrants are proof of a broken immigration system, why does Congress repeatedly fail to pass comprehensive immigration reform that might stand a chance of reducing unauthorized migration? One reason is that changes in immigration law have long relied on bipartisan “strange bedfellow” coalitions that are difficult to build, especially in increasingly polarized political environments. Another reason is that too many politicians have been more motivated by the symbolic politics of building fences and hiring more Border Patrol Agents to stop people from crossing the US-Mexico border between ports of entry than by the perceived gains of enacting comprehensive reform legislation that would address the US business demand for labor that has been met by unauthorized migrants. In this presentation, Dr. Koslowski examine the opportunity costs of US border control practices for reducing unauthorized immigration by considering the complementarity and comparative effectiveness of interdiction between ports of entry, inspections at ports of entry and worksite enforcement. He concludes that each additional dollar spent at the border between ports of entry is a dollar that may have been spent elsewhere to a much greater effect in further reducing unauthorized migration, for example, on worksite inspections to enforce employer sanctions against hiring unauthorized migrant workers. Nevertheless, the symbolic politics of border control and the need for politicians to dramatically demonstrate that they are doing something to stop illegal border crossers often overtakes efforts to enact and implement legislation that might significantly reduce unauthorized migration. 

Wednesday, April 8, 2020 at 7:00 pm

Dr. Koslowski's lecture will take place in the Meyer Ballroom, in Colorado Mesa's University Center. This event is free and open to all.

Supporting the Foundation

Aspinall Foundation is a non-profit corporation to honor Wayne N. Aspinall by the presentation of educational programs and charitable services.

The Aspinall Foundation has been funded entirely by voluntary contributions, primarily from Grand Junction area citizens. The members of the Board of Directors and Officers serve without compensation. As contributions are received, the educational programs can be increased to benefit the students Colorado Mesa University and the public.

All donations are tax deductible. They should be sent to:

William Graham, Treasurer
Aspinall Foundation
P O Box 4737
Grand Junction, CO 81502

Directors and Officers

  • Brian Burns
  • Beth Buys
  • Sheryl Fitzgerald
  • Manny Harter 
  • Toni Heiden
  • Keith Mottram
  • Kathleen Selover
  • Ann Taylor
  • Robert Traylor
  • Kim Williams
  • Justin Gollob