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14th Annual Immigration Law and Policy Conference
September 25, 2017

Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, D.C.

14th Annual Immigration Law and Policy Conference

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2017 Immigration Law and Policy Conference – Panel: A New Age: Immigration Policy Under a New Administration

2017 Immigration Law and Policy Conference – Panel: Humanitarian Relief Under Threat Across the Board

2017 Immigration Law and Policy Conference – Panel: Mapping Fast-Changing Trends in Immigration Enforcement and Detention

2017 Immigration Law and Policy Conference – Panel: A Standoff on Immigration Enforcement

With immigration one of the most dynamic policy areas in the Trump administration, this year’s Immigration Law and Policy Conference offered an excellent opportunity to go beyond the headlines. The 14th annual conference, organized by MPI, Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc., and Georgetown University Law Center, offered timely policy and legal analysis and discussion on immigration. Our experts examined sweeping changes to enforcement at the border and in the U.S. interior, legal challenges to executive orders, changes to refugee resettlement, and possible reform of the legal immigration system, among other topics.


9:10 to 10:30 a.m.                A New Age: Immigration Policy Under a New Administration
Within days of taking office, President Trump ordered sweeping changes to immigration enforcement both at the border and within the United States, kicking off dramatic changes in how unauthorized immigrants, would-be refugees, and international travelers are handled. Panelists for this annual “State of Play” discussion examined the administration’s initiatives, ranging from the contested travel ban and reductions in refugee resettlement to changes in enforcement policy and practice, repointing the legal immigration system into one focused on “merit-based” admissions, building a border wall, and more. This fast-paced discussion examined the policies and ideas, challenges in their implementation, and responses from states, Congress, the judicial branch, and other actors.  

Doris Meissner
(Moderator) former Commissioner, U.S.
Immigration & Naturalization Service, Senior Fellow and Director, U.S. Immigration Program, MPI

Elaine C. Kamarck 
Senior Fellow, Governance Studies,
and Director, Center for Effective Public Management, 
Brookings Institution

Arturo Sarukhan
International Consultant, and former Mexican Ambassador to the United States 


C. Stewart Verdery, Jr.
Partner, Monument Policy Group, LLC,
and former Assistant Secretary of Policy,
U.S. Department of Homeland Security

11:00 a.m to 12:20 p.m.      Humanitarian Relief Under Threat Across the Board
More than one million people in the United States receive temporary forms of humanitarian relief. Additionally, each year, tens of thousands are granted asylum or admitted as refugees. Today these protections are at risk. The administration has sought to temporarily halt refugee admissions and reduce the number of refugee admissions to less than half of the prior level. Other forms of humanitarian relief, including Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Temporary Protected Status (TPS), are under threat from the administration, the courts, and Congress. This panel explores the current state of humanitarian relief and the implications of the administration's policy decisions for the most vulnerable immigrants, including refugees, TPS recipients, and children.

Jeanne M. Atkinson
Executive Director,
Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) 

Alejandro Celorio Alcántara 
Head of Section, Hispanic and Migration Affairs, Embassy of Mexico

Mark Hetfield
President and CEO, HIAS

Wendy Young
President, Kids in Need of Defense (KIND)

2:00 to 3:20 p.m.                 Mapping Fast-Changing Trends in Immigration Enforcement and Detention
During the first six months of the Trump administration, arrests of noncitizens identified for removal rose nearly 40 percent over the same period a year earlier. At the border, apprehensions fell by nearly 50 percent from the first half of 2016, as fewer people sought to enter without authorization. And the White House announced plans to seek funding for thousands of Border Patrol agents and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement personnel, and build new immigrant detention facilities. This panel delves into the many immigration law enforcement and detention policy changes that have been occurring under the Trump administration.

Andrew I. Schoenholtz
Professor from Practice, Georgetown Law

Philip Miller
Deputy Executive Associate Director, Enforcement and Removal Operations, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Marc Rosenblum
Deputy Assistant Secretary, Immigration Statistics, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, 

Cecillia Wang
Deputy Legal Director, American Civil Liberties Union

3:40 to 5:00 p.m.                A Standoff on Immigration Enforcement: Federal vs. Local, State vs. State, State vs. Local 
In a highly polarized atmosphere on immigration where federal lawmakers are largely paralyzed on policy change, states and localities in recent years have increasingly taken on a larger role in challenging Washington’s immigration authority. With the Trump administration focused on cracking down on “sanctuary” cities and enticing law enforcement agencies to take a greater role in immigration enforcement, politicians and policymakers in communities across the United States are lining up on opposing sides of the issue. Even as some states and cities are declaring themselves sanctuaries, others are rushing to bar jurisdictions from noncooperation with federal immigration authorities. In this panel, speakers examine the growing patchwork of stances on immigration from states, counties, cities, and even universities and local school boards; what is driving the pattern of increasingly active and litigious states in the immigration space; what the legal landscape is for state/local action; and how the administration may seek to further engage state and local jurisdictions in immigration enforcement.

Muzaffar Chishti
Director of MPI’s office in New York, based at New York University School of Law

Daron Hall
Sheriff, Davidson County, Tennessee, and 3rd Vice President, National Sheriffs’ Association

 J. Thomas Manger
Chief of Police, Montgomery County, Maryland, and President, Major Cities Chiefs Association

Hiroshi Motomura
Susan Westerberg Prager Professor of Law, University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law 

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