Monday, January 7, 2019
I just returned to rainy California from balmy New Orleans, where tthe Association of American Law Schools 2019 annual meeting concluded yesterday. As usual, the Immigration Law Section put together some great programs. Besides the New Voices in Immigration Law Program, the Section sponsored a program on Immigration Law Values, a particularly timely topic in the time of Trump.
Here is the official description of the panel:
The Trump presidency has sought to comprehensively dismantle mechanisms that welcome, value, and integrate immigrants in favor of a stance maintaining that the United States does not welcome or value immigrants—thereby calling into question basic principles that many have believed to have long since been resolved and settled. But the values implicated by immigration law are complex and difficult to define. While the United States has long proclaimed to be a “nation of immigrants,” immigration law has always sent conflicting signals. This session will examine fundamental values of contemporary immigration law and examine immigration law values past, present, and future. The session will also explore whether there are values not currently be understood as settled principles that should be. For example, is immigration law immoral if it results in separation of families? Does immigration adjudication meet basic norms of fairness? What would make immigration law closer to realizing immigration ideals?
Steven Bender, Seattle University School of Law