Symposium to address immigration in the new administration

January 08, 2009

The ongoing debate on immigration reform will no doubt continue to be at the forefront of the new administration's agenda as President-elect Barack Obama takes office this month. How will the Obama administration tackle the complexities of immigration? What will the administration do to improve the country's immigration system? How will the administration address border security and the undocumented population? What will the administration do to preserve basic freedoms and protect refugees?

The Center for Immigrants' Rights at Penn State Dickinson School of Law will examine these and other issues during its daylong symposium "Immigration in a New Administration," set for 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30, in the law school's new Lewis Katz Building on the University Park campus. Space for the program is limited and registration is required.

"The new administration's commitment to comprehensive immigration reform is encouraging," said Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia, director of the Center for Immigrants' Rights. "On the heels of a historic presidential inauguration, I am thrilled to have some of the nation's foremost immigration scholars, policymakers and lawyers address the policy and politics of immigration reform. I believe the new administration has a great opportunity to lay the groundwork for a modernized immigration system that legally recognizes and affords due process to immigrants entering and living in the United States to work, study, reunite with family, or acquire refuge from danger in their home countries."

The symposium will feature panel discussions on topics such as "The Immigration Debate," "Due Process and Detention," "Immigration Enforcement and Security," and "Asylum and Refugee Issues." Confirmed speakers include Stephen H. Legomsky, John S. Lehmann University Professor, Washington University School of Law; Jeanne Butterfield, executive director of the American Immigration Lawyers Association; Carl P. Thorsen, former general counsel to U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay; Kareem Shora, national executive director, American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee; and Rebekah Tosado, senior advisor to the Officer for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, Department of Homeland Security.

The symposium will be followed by a reception to celebrate the inaugural year of the Center for Immigrants' Rights and to recognize its clients and the many faculty, staff, students, advocates, and lawyers who support the center. For a full listing of speakers and program details, or to register for the symposium, visit online. For more information about the Center for Immigrants' Rights, visit online.

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