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Immigration Reform: Promise, Prospects, & Pitfalls


April 18, 2013 12:45pm - 7:00pm

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Join ACS, SLLSA, APILSA, The Immigrants' Rights Clinic, The Rock Center, the Levin Center and the Stanford Human Rights Center for a symposium on Immigration Reform featuring speakers such as Cecilia Wang from the ACLU Immigrant's Rights Project, and Jose Antonio Vargas. 

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12:30           LUNCH

12:45 – 2:00 FRAMING THE ISSUES: An overview of immigration reform’s history, issues, and current prospects, including policy choices, reform priorities and perspectives from former government officials.

David Martin: Professor of International Law, University of Virginia

Doris Meissner: Senior Fellow and Director, Migration Policy Institute (MPI)

Cecillia Wang: Director, ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project

Moderated by: Lucas Guttentag, Stanford Law School



2:15 – 3:45 POLICY, POLITICAL CONTEXT & PROSPECTS: Where is the consensus? Where are the pitfalls? What is the likely trajectory in the House and the Senate, and what are the next steps if legislation falters?


Marshall Fitz: Director of Immigration Policy, Center for American Progress

Charles Kamasaki: Executive Vice President, National Council of La Raza (NCLR)

Moderated by: Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar, Stanford Law School


4:00 – 5:30 IMPACTS & CONSEQUENCES: What are the consequences and impacts on immigrant communities? How would CIR be implemented? A broader discussion concerning non-legalization issues such as enforcement, detention, due process, discrimination, labor, and state/local enforcement.


Pablo Alvarado: National Coordinator, National Day Laborer Organizing Network

Jose Arreola: Director of Outreach & Organizing, Educators for Fair Consideration

Ben Johnson: Executive Director, American Immigration Council

Moderated by: Jayashri Srikantiah, Stanford Law School


5:30 – 7:00 JOSE ANTONIO VARGAS, Define American:

Keynote Address



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