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19th Annual Immigration Law and Policy Conference
September 20, 2022

Georgetown Law Campus and Online

19th Annual Immigration Law and Policy Conference

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Keynote Speaker: The Hon. William Tong, Attorney General, State of Connecticut

2022 Immigration Law & Policy Conference Afternoon Keynote: The Hon. Asa Hutchinson, Governor, State of Arkansas

An Unsettled Landscape: The State of Play for Immigration in an Era of Growing Executive Action and State Involvement

Reshaping the Asylum System at the U.S.-Mexico Border

2022 Immigration Conf-PANEL 3-The Court Is Now in Session: The Growing Role of Litigation to Shape Legal and Policy Developments

2022 Immigration Conf-Panel 4-A Glass Half Full or Half Empty: Humanitarian Protection Developments

9:00 a.m. ET

9:45 a.m. ET
An Unsettled Landscape: The State of Play for Immigration in an Era of Growing Executive Action and State Involvement
Following an administration that had arguably been the most activist yet on immigration, President Joe Biden has outpaced his predecessor in the issuance of executive actions that touch many corners of the immigration system—from major changes to the processing of border asylum cases and immigration enforcement priorities to more modest efforts, such as adjusting how immigration cases are processed. Yet the Biden agenda on immigration has been stymied by opposition from red-state politicians who have turned to the courts and otherwise asserted a more muscular role, rising encounters at the U.S.-Mexico border that have reduced the political space for other action, and a Congress that continues to remain unable to pass legislation on even modest fixes widely recognized as necessary.

What is the Biden record on immigration? What is the state of play as both political parties near a highly consequential mid-term election? And what challenges lie ahead as growing humanitarian protection needs, continuing pressure at the southwest border, and legal immigration narrowed by processing backlogs add complexity to an already fraught policy arena? A panel of veteran policy and political analysts and a journalist trade insights during this wide-ranging conversation.

Moderator: Doris Meissner, Senior Fellow and Director, U.S. Immigration Policy Program, Migration Policy Institute (MPI)
  • T. Alexander Aleinikoff, Director, Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility, and University Professor, The New School; former Deputy UN High Commissioner for Refugees 
  • Caitlin Dickerson, Staff Writer, The Atlantic
  • Jorge Lima, Vice President, Immigration and Economic Progress, Stand Together; Senior Vice President, Policy, Americans for Prosperity
  • Simon Rosenberg, President, NDN
11:00 a.m. ET
11:15 a.m. ET
Reshaping the Asylum System at the U.S.-Mexico Border
Providing access to asylum for arrivals at the U.S.-Mexico border has long been hampered by a U.S. asylum system in crisis. More complexity was added with the implementation of the pandemic-era Title 42 border expulsions policy that has denied the basic right to apply for asylum for many and litigation around the Migrant Protection Protocols (aka Remain in Mexico) program begun under the Trump administration and continued during the Biden presidency.

The Biden administration has advanced and begun implementing a new asylum system that it contends will make the processing of asylum cases fairer and reduce some of the years-long delays that neither serve the interests of humanitarian protection nor effective migration management. How is the final rule that establishes the new system affecting practices at the border and within the executive branch? How are some of the criticisms being addressed? What should a post-Title 42 enforcement regime entail? And what is the status of the MPP program?
Moderator: Andrew I. Schoenholtz, Professor from Practice, Georgetown Law; Co-Director, Center for Applied Legal Studies; Faculty Director, Human Rights Institute, Georgetown Law
  • Jennifer B. Higgins, Deputy Director, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
  • Sara Ramey, Executive Director, Migrant Center for Human Rights
  • Philip G. Schrag, Co-Director, Center for Applied Legal Studies and Delaney Family Professor of Public Interest Law, Georgetown Law
12:30 –
1:30 p.m. ET
1:30 p.m. ET
The Court Is Now in Session: The Growing Role of Litigation to Shape Legal and Policy Developments
In a trend that began several administrations ago and has dramatically accelerated, opponents of the administration in power have been heading to court to block immigration policies and rulemaking. During the Biden administration, red state elected officials have turned to the courts to block changes to interior enforcement, the end of the Migrant Protection Protocols, the use of prosecutorial discretion, and more.

​How are court rulings affecting the Biden agenda, and how is the administration responding? What do recent Supreme Court decisions, including on DACA, suggest for the future? And what have been the impacts and politics of states banding together in litigation against administrations of the opposing party? Beyond turning to the courts, Texas has asserted a muscular role in immigration enforcement, spending billions of dollars on a border operation, busing migrants to Washington, DC and New York, and more. In the continued absence of action by Congress, will more states rush in to fill the power vacuum?
Moderator: Muzaffar Chishti, MPI Senior Fellow and Director of the MPI office at New York University School of Law
  • Kristie De Peña, Vice President of Policy and Director of Immigration, Niskanen Center
  • Suzanne Gamboa, Senior National Reporter, NBC Latino
  • Cristina Rodríguez, Leighton Homer Surbeck Professor of Law, Yale Law School
2:45 p.m. ET
3:30 p.m. ET
3:45 p.m. ET
A Glass Half Full or Half Empty: Humanitarian Protection Developments
U.S. individuals, communities, and organizations have rallied to welcome tens of thousands of Afghans evacuated from Kabul amid a chaotic U.S. withdrawal one year ago and to sponsor more than 100,000 Ukrainians who fled after Russia’s invasion. The displacement crises have led to policy innovations, including community and private sponsorship of Ukrainians.
How are these responses to displacement crises different from other humanitarian crises? And what might the implications be for the U.S. system of humanitarian protection going forward, given the ongoing weaknesses of a resettlement system on track to resettle just one-fifth of refugees targeted for resettlement this year?  How will refugee policy and integration be affected by the growing use of temporary statuses such as parole (including the resumption of the Cuban and Haitian Family Parole programs) and Temporary Protected Status?
The panel of top experts examines how the resettlement infrastructure is rebounding from major cuts, and where the continuing gaps and needs in the protection system exist.
Moderator: Anna Gallagher, Executive Director, Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC)
  • Lawrence Bartlett, Director of Refugee Admissions, Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration, U.S. Department of State
  • Eskinder Negash, President and CEO, U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants
  • Kit Taintor, Vice President of Policy and Practice, Welcome.US


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