Friday, January 20, 2023

Records Show that Congressmember George Santos Falsely Said His Mother Was in the World Trade Center on September 11 When Immigration Records Show She was in Brazil

Congressman George Santos Official Photo
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The election of new member of Congress George Santos (R-NY) remains mired in controversy.  Santos has admitted many spreading falsehoods about his background and family history.  The latest chapter to the George Santos story has an immigration-related angle.
CNN reports that "immigration records for Rep. George Santos’ mother appear to contradict the embattled freshman Republican’s repeated claim that she was present at the World Trade Center during the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks."  The records in fact show that Santos' mother,  Fatima Devolder,   was in Brazil between 1999 and early 2003, well after the tragic events of September 11, 2001.  The Forward first reported on the public records showing that Santos' mother was not in the United States in 2001.

January 20, 2023 in Conferences and Call for Papers | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, January 16, 2023

Korematsu Day and Japanese American Confinement Education Act of 2022

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During the week of MLK Day, I have the additional opportunity to reflect on race while teaching Korematsu v. US in my Constitutional Law class. Karen Korematsu's Korematsu Institute sponsors many educational programs to commemorate the infamous cases authorizing Japanese internment and the coram nobis cases overturning the underlying convictions. Among the programs is an upcoming gala event in San Francisco featuring keynote speaker Neal Katyal and honoring AAPI community leaders on January 28, 2023.
Nationwide, this will be the first year of the Norman Y. Mineta Japanese American Confinement Education Act. The Confinement Education Act will reauthorize funding for the JACS program to continue the preservation of these sites — including the Honouliuli Internment Camp in Hawai‘i. The bill will also create a new $10 million competitive grant program to educate individuals on the historical importance of Japanese American confinement during World War II, "ensuring that present and future generations learn from Japanese American confinement and the commitment of the United States to equal justice under the law." More information about the creation and signing of the bill appears here.

January 16, 2023 in Conferences and Call for Papers, Current Affairs, Film & Television | Permalink | Comments (0)

Sunday, January 15, 2023

Making Sense of Immigration Data: A Conversation With TRAC


Making Sense of Immigration Data: A Conversation with TRAC flyer

TRAC (Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse) at Syracuse University has been obtaining and publishing government data sets obtained through Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests and litigation. TRAC is known for its data on the U.S. immigration enforcement system. But how does TRAC obtain and manage over 4 billion new digital records each year? How do TRAC's quantitative reports rely on in-depth qualitative research? How can you use TRAC's data to improve scholarly research, media reporting, and public understanding?

A public talk by Dr. Austin Kocher, immigration researcher and assistant professor at TRAC and also an ImmigrationProf blogger, will lift the veil on TRAC's behind-the-scenes work, with time for group discussion. 


January 15, 2023 in Conferences and Call for Papers, Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, January 5, 2023

Immigration @ AALS: Awards Ceremony


Immigration @ AALS continued today with the AALS Awards Ceremony.

Kevin Johnson (Davis) was honored with the inaugural Michael A. Olivas Award for Outstanding Leadership in Diversity and Mentoring in the Legal Academy. Anthony Verona (Seattle) introduced the award and Kevin. As Verona noted, the committee received "many, many" nominations for this award. The committee, however, was unanimous in choosing to honor Kevin with this award, whom he described as "an extraordinary mentor, a trusted advisor, a courageous champion, a bold leader, a fierce advocate for diversity... brilliant scholar, gifted teacher, devoted friend." Kevin received a well-deserved standing ovation from the room. Kevin's acceptance speech focused on the wonderful mentoring he received from Michael Olivas.


In addition to Kevin, Michelle Pistone (Villanova) got a shout out for her work with the Section on Technology, Law, and Legal Education -- a co-winner of the Section of the Year award.

AND... I found myself perusing the awards ceremony pamphlet list of 2022 Teachers of the Year. I spotted many an immprof in that cohort! Give a round of applause for:

Congratulations to all!


January 5, 2023 in Conferences and Call for Papers, Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0)

Immigration @ AALS: Leveraging Service Opportunities to Maximize Student Learning in Immigration Law



Immigration @ AALS continued this morning with Leveraging Service Opportunities to Maximize Student Learning in Immigration Law. David Thronson (MSU) moderated a terrific panel featuring:

  • Violeta Chapin (CU Boulder) spoke about her absolutely AMAZING work with law students to shepherd CU Boulder staff with Temporary Protected Status through the employment-based visa process. She and her students have obtained green cards for FIVE staff members (custodians, dining) and continue to work on more. (I'm sitting here in the audience, a non-clinician, wondering about reaching out to OU about this same issue. I'm so inspired!)
  • Lenni Benson (New York Law School), folks will know her will not be shocked by this, talked about the MANY different opportunities that she's created for students -- with a natural emphasis on her biggie: Safe Passage. She offered herself as a resource on forming a nonprofit, fundraising, and the like. *NOTE: She will make time for you! And help brainstorm a million ways to make your work even more effective.*
  • Kif Augustine-Adams (BYU) spoke about taking students to Dilley to engage in direct representation of detained mothers and children during school breaks. It was fascinating to hear about what worked with the program but also what led it to end in 2019: a conclusion that at that time there was no longer a "likelihood of making positive change" where going to Dilley was more of "propping up a system that was no longer a system or law."
  • Richard Boswell (UC Law SF) talked about a variety of programs at UC Law SF (formerly Hastings). The school has a unique relationship with the Ecole Superieure de Droit de Jeremie (ESCDROJ), allowing students and faculty to travel to Haiti every academic year during Spring break since 1999. The school also offers a "Spring Break Immigration Practicum" where students  engage in a "learning internship over spring break, in which students will receive pro bono credit and be placed at a non-profit organization helping indigent migrants secure their rights in the immigration process. Leading up to and during that pro bono work, students will receive instruction in basic legal skills needed to carry out their assignments, including counseling, cross-cultural competency, document drafting, fact development/analysis, interviewing, legal analysis, legal research, oral communication and the exercise of proper professional and ethical responsibility."

Can I go back to school? I want to enroll in every one of these opportunities.


January 5, 2023 in Conferences and Call for Papers | Permalink | Comments (0)

Immigration @ AALS: Racism in Immigration Regulation



Immigration @ AALS started off this morning bright and early at 8AM. Heroically many immprofs showed up to engage in this absolutely critical and fascinating topic.

We had four amazing panelists:

  • Kevin Johnson (Davis) talked about the relationship between critical race scholarship and immigration scholarship, and his long-standing desire to have these two scholarly threads enter into conversation. His talk was informed by his essay Systemic Racism in the U.S. Immigration Laws.
  • David Cook-Martín (University of Colorado, Boulder, Sociology) spoke about Racial Selection in Immigration and Nationality Laws of the Americas. His empirical work reveals interesting and perhaps counterintuitive conclusions, such as "Democracy often has promoted racist immigration policies" and the "Demise of racist immigration law began in the Global South, against political gravity." Check out his co-authored book Culling the Masses.
  • Emily Ryo (USC -- law and sociology) spoke about her latest quantitative work-in-progress--Compounded Disadvantage: Race, Criminal Justice, and Access to Justice in Immigration Courts. She introduced her research questions, data, preliminary conclusions, and next steps. The focus is crime-based removals and whether racial disparities in criminal prosecution follow into crime-based removal.
  • Claire Thomas (New York Law School) spoke about her forthcoming article The So-Called Stateless: Firm Resettlement, African Migrants, and Human Rights Violations in Mexico. This article brings forth insights from Thomas' Fulbright research in Mexico focusing on the non-white, non-Latino asylum-seekers who became stranded in Mexico due to changes in U.S. and Mexican migration policies.

An eye-opening and engaging way to begin the day!


January 5, 2023 in Conferences and Call for Papers, Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, December 30, 2022

Immigration @ AALS 2023

Your executive committee for the AALS section on immigration is looking forward to seeing you all in San Diego in just a few days! Here's a handy post with information about the times and locations of immigration programs.

Wednesday, January 4, 2023: 3-4:40PM. New Voices in Immigration Law. This session will take place in the Marriott Grand Ballroom 6 on the Lobby Level of the North Tower. If you're interested in participating, please just show up. if you've got the time to read papers ahead of the program -- shoot me (Kit) and email and I'll share them with you. We've got an interesting balance of paper topics this year.


  • Nermeen Arastu and Qudsiya Naqui, Standing on Our Own Two Feet: Disability Justice as a Frame for Achieving Abolition and Dismantling Our Ableist Immigration System. Principal commentator: Daniel Morales
  • Jocelyn B. Cazares, Legalized Removals of Noncitizens Deemed to Have [In]Credible or [Un]Reasonable Fears: The Role of Discretion in the Review Process of Fear Determinations. Principal commentator: Jaya Ramji-Nogales
  • Richard H. Frankel, Restoring “Civil”ity in Immigration Proceedings. Principal commentator: Lenni Benson.


  • Eunice Lee, Immigration in the Shadow of Death. Principal commentator: Angela Banks
  • Talia Peleg, The Dangers of ICE's Unrestrained Rearrest Power. Principal commentator: Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia
  • Carrie Rosenbaum, Arbitrary Arbitrariness Review. Principal commentator: Jayanth K. Krishnan

Thursday, January 5, 2023: 8-9:40AM. Racism in Immigration Regulation. This session will take place in the Mission Hills room on the Third Floor of the South Tower. Our panelists are David Cook-Martín (University of Colorado, Boulder, Sociology), Kevin Johnson (UC Davis School of Law), Emily Ryo (USC Gould School of Law), and Claire Thomas (New York Law School). Ming Hsu Chen (Hastings) will be the moderator.

Thursday, January 5, 2023: 10-11:40AM. Leveraging Service Opportunities to Maximize Student Learning in Immigration Law. This session will take place in the Marriott Grand Ballroom 12 on the Lobby Level of the North Tower. This panel will feature discussion amongst immprofs Kif Augustine-Adams, Lenni Benson, Richard Boswell, and Violeta Chapin, moderated by David Thronson.

Thursday January 5, 2023: 1:15-2:30PM. AALS Awards Ceremony. This session will take place in the San Diego Ballroom on the Lobby Level of the North Tower. Come to cheer on Dean Kevin Johnson as he receives the inaugural Michael A. Olivas Award for Outstanding Leadership in Diversity and Mentoring in the Legal Academy.

Friday January 5, 2023: 8-9:40AM. AALS Hot Topic Program--Biden v. Texas and the Federal-State Battle over Immigration Law. This session will take place in the Marriott Grand Ballroom 9 on the Lobby Level of the North Tower. Full disclosure, I don't know the organizers of this panel but it's bound to be interesting!

We are excited about these programs and hope to see you all there.


December 30, 2022 in Conferences and Call for Papers, Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, December 27, 2022

Welcoming America in San Jose


Welcoming America convenes its interactive workshop from April 26-28 in San José, California. 

There will be 500 inclusion practitioners from around the world for networking opportunities, deep dive sessions, and powerful plenary presentations from thought leaders in the DEI space, and of course, our legendary city tours. 

A description of past Welcoming Interactives is here: 2022 recap. Sign-up and registration for the 2023 Welcome Interactive is here.



December 27, 2022 in Conferences and Call for Papers, Data and Research | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, December 12, 2022

RICE Roundtable and Research on Belonging at UC Hastings


By Nicholas Lovino

How do laws and attitudes about race and immigration shape people’s sense of belonging, economic security, social mobility, and perception of others?

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Ming Hsu Chen directs the Center for Race, Immigration, Citizenship, and Equality (RICE) at UC Hastings.

This was the first topic tackled by the new UC Hastings Center for Race, Immigration, Citizenship, and Equality (RICE). Center Director Prof. Ming Hsu Chen said she wants academic institutions to help the public understand how laws and policies affect real people and their communities.

She invited four prominent legal scholars and sociologists to share insights about their research on “othering and belonging,” including factors that make different types of people, such as immigrants and racial and religious minorities, feel excluded from or integrated in the fabric of American society.

“Racial equality and immigrant integration are both matters of rising societal concern,” Chen said. “This panel discussion highlighted important research on the topic.”


Hiroshi Motomura is a law professor and co-director of the Center for Immigration Law and Policy at UCLA.

Hiroshi Motomura, a law professor and co-director of the Center for Immigration Law and Policy at UCLA, explained how concepts of immigration and citizenship have changed over the course of American history.

“When white Europeans came in the mid-1800s and early 20th century, they could elect to be treated like citizens from the day they got here,” Motomura said. “Now we have a conception that immigration is separate, and a select group of people are chosen to be citizens later.”

Ireme Bloemraad is a professor of sociology and Canadian studies at UC Berkeley.

Irene Bloemraad, a professor of sociology and Canadian studies and founding director of the Berkeley Interdisciplinary Migration Initiative at UC Berkeley, said obtaining citizenship can improve economic outcomes and make people feel more connected to society, but other factors, such as race and religion, can also make citizens feel excluded.

“If you have citizenship, that doesn’t mean you’re equal,” she said. “It doesn’t mean that you feel you belong, and so there’s very much a second-class citizenship.”

Tomás Jiménez is a sociology professor at Stanford University.

Tomás Jiménez, sociology professor and director of the Qualitative Initiative in the Immigration Policy Lab at Stanford Universitydiscussed how local and state immigration policies can shape the immigrant experience and affect the wider community.

He shared the results of surveys on the impact of laws in Arizona and New Mexico that grant or deny benefits to undocumented people, such as in-state tuition and driver’s licenses. He said, “It turns out some of the things we think just have a positive impact on immigrants actually turn out to have a broader positive effect on the community.”

Raquel Aldana, a law professor and board member of the Global Migration Center at UC Davis,

Raquel Aldana, a law professor and board member of the Global Migration Center at UC Davis, spoke of how nations can exploit migrant workers’ labor, tax them without representation, and withhold money from their pensions.

She challenged others to consider new ideas, such as globalizing labor rights and tax collection, while acknowledging the daunting task of changing the status quo. “It doesn’t mean we can’t reimagine what a global welfare program might look like that is grounded in human dignity,” she said.

Before the panel talk, Chen also held a roundtable with faculty members from UC and Bay Area law schools to find ways to incorporate concepts of race, citizenship, and equality in their teaching. The group also discussed structures that perpetuate inequality and ways academic leaders can address those challenges.

Law Professor Alina Ball, who directs the Center on Racial and Economic Justice at UC Hastings, said she found it inspiring to hear from fellow academics who are focused on social justice issues. She said, “Community and solidarity are very powerful tools in the quest for a more just and equitable society.”

For more information about RICE, see here.

December 12, 2022 in Conferences and Call for Papers | Permalink | Comments (0)

Saturday, November 19, 2022

Annual International Refugee Law Student Writing Competition: Due January 15, 2023

The American Society of International Law's International Refugee Law Interest Group (IRLIG) has announced the ninth annual International Refugee Law Student Writing Competition.

Eligibility and Requirements

1. Papers may address any topic related to international law and refugees, stateless persons, internally-displaced persons (IDPs), and/or forced migrants.

2. Particular consideration will be given to papers authored by student authors who have
experienced forced displacement and to student authors in the global south..

3. Student authors must be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program at an accredited university at the time of submission.

4. Papers must be written solely by the candidate, in English, and may not have been submitted for publication elsewhere.

5. Citations should be in footnotes, rather than endnotes. 

6. Submissions may range from 7,000 to 12,000 words, including footnotes.

7. Each candidate is limited to a single submission.

8. Candidates should only resubmit previously unsuccessful submissions following substantial revision.

Deadline and Method of Submission

The deadline for submissions is 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time, 15 January 2023.

Articles should be submitted to as Microsoft Word attachments. Questions
should be directed to the same address.


November 19, 2022 in Conferences and Call for Papers | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, November 9, 2022

Call for Papers: 22 and 23 March 2023, Erasmus School of Law and the Working Group ‘Immigration, Citizenship and Crime’

22 and 23 March 2023, Erasmus School of Law and the Working Group ‘Immigration, Citizenship and Crime’ of the European Society of Criminology will host a conference on interdisciplinary and multi-sited research approaches in migration research. The conference ‘Migration, Crime and Citizenship; Interdisciplinary and multi-sited research approaches’ aims to unite Migration, Crime and Citizenship scholars from different disciplines, geographical locations and research traditions across Europe to contribute to the criminology of mobility. Hence, it will try to build bridges between insights and scholars in the migration domain.

The conference will be held at the Erasmus University Rotterdam in the Netherlands. Abstracts may be submitted using the conference website:


November 9, 2022 in Conferences and Call for Papers | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, November 7, 2022

Call for Papers - Conference on Race and the Borderlands at San Diego State University

Friday, October 28, 2022

Webinar: Pandemic and Anti-Asian Hate (November 11, 2022)

Several online events will be offered as part of the 30th Anniversary Conference of the International Society for the Study of Chinese Overseas (ISSCO) “Diasporic Futures: Sinophobia, Techno-Political Strife, and the Politics of Care” that takes place in-person at UC Berkeley's Asian American Research Center on November 11-12, 2022. While in-person registration is closed, registration is free and available for virtual events. Among the highlights:

9:30 - 11:00 AM Pacific Time

Symposium: “The Pandemic and Anti-Asian Violence in the U.S.”
Zoom Webinar | Register here (free)

  • Moderator: Henry DER, Volunteer Coordinator, CAA Oral History Project

  • Speakers:  

    • Russell JEUNG, Professor of Asian American Studies, San Francisco State University

    • John WALSH, Professor Emeritus, School of Medicine, University of Massachusetts

    • Cynthia CHOI, Co-Executive Director, Chinese for Affirmative Action, San Francisco

5:00 - 6:15 PM Pacific Time

Keynote and Welcome
Zoom Webinar | Register here (free)

  • Introduction: Lok SIU, Associate Professor of Asian American Studies, UC Berkeley, and Chair of the Asian American Research Center

  • Welcoming Remarks by 

    • Raka RAY, Professor of Sociology and Dean of Social Sciences, UC Berkeley

    • LIN Rupeng, Professor and Chairman of Jinan University Council, Guangzhou, China

    • LI Minghuan, Distinguished Professor, Academy of Overseas Chinese, Jinan University, and ISSCO President

    • WANG Gungwu, University Professor at the National University of Singapore; Emeritus Professor, Australian National University; and ISSCO Founding President

  • Keynote: Mae M. NGAI, Lung Family Professor of Asian American Studies and Professor of History, Columbia University, and author of The Chinese Question: The Gold Rushes and Global Politics


9:00 - 10:30 AM Pacific Time

Symposium: “Racial Profiling and Discrimination against Chinese American Scientists and Engineers”
Zoom Webinar | Register here (free)

  • Moderator: The Honorable Lillian K. SING, Retired Judge, San Francisco Superior Court

  • Speakers: 

    • Gang CHEN, Carl Richard Soderberg Professor of Power Engineering, MIT 

    • Xiaoxing XI, Laura H. Carnell Professor of Physics, Temple University

    • Sherry CHEN, Hydrologist, US National Weather Service

    • Dr. Jeremy S. WU, Founder of APA Justice, Washington, D.C., formerly with U.S. Census Bureau and the Departments of Transportation, Energy, and Agriculture

October 28, 2022 in Conferences and Call for Papers | Permalink | Comments (0)

RICE launch event on belonging

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On Friday, November 18 (11:20-12:20pm), the Center for Race, Immigration, Citizenship and Equality (RICE) at the University of California Hastings College of Law will offer a panel discussion that will focus on the theme of “othering and belonging.” It will feature scholars whose research and teaching illuminate the value of taking an intersectional, interdisciplinary, or comparative approach to the topic, with an emphasis on racial equality and integration. Speakers include: Professor Irene Bloemraad, UC Berkeley Interdisciplinary Migration Initiative; Professor Raquel Aldana, UC Davis Global Migration Center and Davis Law; Professor Hiroshi Motomura from UCLA Law and the Center for Immigration Law & Policy; and Professor Tomas Jimenez, Stanford University Sociology and Center for Comparative Race and Ethnicity / Immigration Policy Lab. The event will be open to the UC Hastings community inperson; it will be livestreamed for the broader immprof community.

This event will serve as the launch for the center, which is established by ImmigProf blogger Prof. Ming H. Chen. Stay tuned for more events, including a spring 2023 colloquium series.

RSVP here: RICE Conference | UC Hastings Law | San Francisco


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Thursday, October 27, 2022

Celebrating Richard Alba's immigrant assimilation theories


CUNY Graduate Center has organized a festschrift to celebrate the scholarly legacy of Richard Alba. Alba is a distinguished professor of the sociology of immigration. His scholarship on "assimilation theory" laid a foundation for understanding the contemporary, multi-racial era of immigration, with studies in America, France and Germany. His seminal texts on assimilation theory (written with Victor Nee), Remaking the American Mainstream (2003) and Rethinking Assimilation Theory for a New Era of Immigration won the Thomas & Znaniecki Award of the American Sociological Association and the Eastern Sociological Society’s Mirra Komarovsky Award among others. They are among the most-cited work in sociology writ large and spawned a generation of sociologists writing about immigrant incorporation and including segmented assimilation, many of whom will be speaking at the CUNY conference on November 18, 2022.



October 27, 2022 in Conferences and Call for Papers, Data and Research | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, October 17, 2022

Call for Papers: Emerging Immigration Scholars Conference, at UCLA, February 3-4, 2023

The UCLA Center for the Study of International Migration is hosting the 4th Emerging Immigration Scholars Conference on February 3-4, 2023.

The conference seeks to create an interdisciplinary space for junior immigration scholars to share drafts of their research and writing projects and create enduring networks of collaboration. The conference will be open to emerging immigration scholars, including post-doctoral fellows and tenure-track and non-tenure track faculty who have held professorial positions for eight years or fewer. The conference seeks to attract presenters working in a broad range of social science fields, as well as those in education, ethnic studies, law, public health, urban planning, public policy, and social welfare.

The conference will consist of workshops, with comments by leading immigration scholars, as well as two conference-wide panel sessions. 

The workshops are designed to allow for intensive discussion and constructive criticism of draft papers 25-40 pages in length.

Interested presenters may submit a draft paper here: by the deadline of November 14


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Tuesday, October 11, 2022

Hidetaka Hirota lecture at UC Berkeley


Professor Hidetaka Hirota, Associate Professor of History, will be speaking at UC Berkeley (Selznick Seminar Room, 2240 Piedmont Avenue, Berkeley, CA) in an in-person event co-sponsored by the Center for the Study of Law and Society, Center for Law & Work, and Berkeley Interdisciplinary Migration Initiative.

The talk is titled "The influence of the Alien Contract Labor Law on the Development of U.S. Immigration Policy." The paper abstract:

This presentation examines the influence of concerns about imported foreign labor on the development of U.S. immigration policy in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era between the 1880s and the 1920s. In 1885, Congress passed the Foran Act in response to pressure from organized labor, which viewed immigrant workers imported by American employers as unfree, servile people equivalent to slaves and as threats to Americans’ employment. Known as the alien contract labor law, the Foran Act prohibited individuals and corporations from importing foreign workers under contract and became part of the U.S. general immigration law in 1891. Most other provisions of U.S. immigration law primarily focused on the exclusion and deportation of undesirable foreigners, but the alien contract labor law also had the goal of tracking down and prosecuting those who unlawfully imported contract workers, often in interior parts of the country. Historians of U.S. immigration often focus on immigration law enforcement at points of entry, making the impression that immigration control was a regional affair in seaboard and border states. This presentation, by contrast, investigates the implementation of the alien contract labor law in the interior regions of the United States. It demonstrates how the law made immigration control a national issue pursued across the United States by integrating the interior into the national immigration regime by the 1920s. The presentation also illuminates another way the alien contract labor law affected U.S. immigration policy by revealing how the immigration bureau’s repeated failures to convict alleged importers of foreign workers ended up expanding immigration officials’ authority over the admission and exclusion of foreigners.   

For more information, contact Pamela Erickson, E.D. Center for the Study of Law and Society.

October 11, 2022 in Conferences and Call for Papers | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Webinar: How did nativist extremists capture the GOP, strangle immigration reform—and what to do about it?


How did nativist extremists capture the GOP, strangle immigration reform—and what to do about it?
Strong nativist sentiment, once relegated to the ideological fringes, has found a home in the Republican Party. Today, an increasingly acrimonious culture war powered by anti-immigrant posturing and contemporary narratives of fear has paralyzed the political process.

Nativism endorses a racially and ethnically defined idea of nationhood that degrades our democracy. As Congress and the country prepare to decide whether to adopt just and common sense immigration reform, many in the GOP are succumbing to nativist appeals.

How did we get here? How do we eliminate support for nativist demagoguery?

MIRR Alliance, along with key leaders and immigration policy experts, invites you to a webinar discussion to grapple with those questions and ask: what is our role as leaders in the fight for immigration reform?

Oct 13, 2022 01:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada).


October 4, 2022 in Conferences and Call for Papers, Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Conferrence (UC Davis): Lessons Learned and Ways Forward for the Economics and Politics of Refugee Integration


Location:  King Hall (UC Davis School of Law)

Symposium: "Lessons learned and ways forward for the economics and politics of refugee integration"

October 14, 2022, School of Law, UC Davis

To attend, please register here by October 5th

Jointly sponsored by

  • Economic Assimilation Research Network (Innovation Fund Denmark),
  • UC Davis Global Migration Center
  • UC Davis Aoki Center for Critical Race and Nation Studies

Academic Organizers: Prof. Raquel Aldana, Prof. Mette Foged, Prof. Giovanni Peri.

This workshop brings together the research of world-renowned scholars from economics, politics and law to understand the complex issues related to the integration, policies and politics relative to refugees in the world.

  • In the morning session, economists will present the results of evaluations of policies on the economic success of refugees and their children and a panel will discuss what we have learned from recent research and policy experience;
  • In the afternoon session, in a comparative approach that considers refugees in the US, at the US-Mexico Border and other refugees crisis in Latin America political scientists and law scholars will analyze aspects related to different legal and political responses of receiving countries to refugees inflow.
  • Click here for the conference agenda.


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Friday, September 23, 2022

St. John’s Law Review Symposium: 40th Anniversary of the Plyler v. Doe and Immigration Law in the United States

St. John’s Law Review Symposium:  40th Anniversary of the Plyler v. Doe and Immigration Law in the United States
The St. John’s Law Review invites you to attend a virtual symposium marking the 40th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s historical Plyler v. Doe decision. Join a diverse group of legal scholars and practitioners as they discuss the history of Plyler, the rights of undocumented children seeking entry into the United States, ongoing challenges plaguing the U.S. immigration system, and possible solutions to those problems.
The symposium proceedings are dedicated to the late Professor Michael A. Olivas, whose immigration law scholarship and contributions as a change agent in the field endure for the benefit of us all.
DateFriday, November 4, 2022
Time11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
LocationThe symposium will livestream on Zoom.
ProgramKeynote SpeakerRachel Moran, Distinguished and Chancellor’s Professor of Law, University of California Irvine School of Law
Dedication to Professor Michael A. OlivasLeonard M. Baynes, Dean, The University of Houston Law Center
Panel I: Plyler v. Doe and the Rights of Undocumented Children in the United States
Moderator:Rosemary C. Salomone, Kenneth Wang Professor of Law, St. John's University School of Law
Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia, Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Penn State Law
Martin Guggenheim, Fiorello LaGuardia Professor of Clinical Law Emeritus, New York University School of Law
Sejal Singh, Assistant Professor in the Division of Legal Studies, St. John’s University
Nicholas Espíritu, Supervising Attorney, National Immigration Law Center
Panel II: Ongoing Challenges Plaguing the U.S. Immigration System and Possible Solutions
Moderator:Sheldon A. Evans, Professor of Law, St. John's University School of Law
Jenny-Brooke Condon, Professor, Seton Hall Law School
Lori Nessel, Professor, Seton Hall Law School
Austin Kocher, Research Assistant Professor, Syracuse University
Maximiliano Gabriel Gluzman, Fellow, Belmont University School of Law
Vanessa H. Merton, Professor, Pace University School of Law
Register to AttendThere is no fee to attend the symposium, but registration is required.Please register online

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