10th Annual Immigration Law and Policy Conference

10th Annual Immigration Law and Policy Conference

Thursday, October 31, 2013
at the Georgetown University Law Center, Bernard P. McDonough Hall,
Hart Auditorium, 600 New Jersey Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20001

With Congress weighing major reform of the US immigration system, the Migration Policy Institute (MPI), the Center for Migration Studies (CMS), Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC), and Georgetown University Law Center convened the 10th annual Immigration Law and Policy Conference to offer timely policy and legal analysis and discussion on key immigration topics that have surfaced in the debate, including border enforcement, lessons from the 1986 legalization, and more. Panelists also discussed what policy options might be available if Congress doesn’t enact immigration legislation in 2013.

Photos as well as full video of the event and audio recordings of each section are available below:



Morning Keynote Address by

The Honorable Haley Barbour
Governor of Mississippi (2004-2012)

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Session 1Session I: State of Play: Insights from the Field and Washington on the Immigration Reform Debate

Moderator: Doris Meissner, Director of US Immigration Policy Program, Migration Policy Institute

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Roy Beck, President and CEA, Numbers USA
Fawn Johnson, Correspondent, National Journal
Ryan Lizza, Washington Correspondent, The New Yorker
– Bruce A. Morrison, Chair of the Morrison Public Affairs Group, U.S.Representative (D-CT, 1983-1991), and former chair of the U.S. House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration Policy and Border Security
– Lorella Praeli, Director of Advocacy & Policy, United We Dream

Session 2Session II: Beyond Congressional Action

Moderator: Jeanne Atkinson, Executive Director, Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc.

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– Marielena Hincapié, Executive Director, National Immigration Law Center
– Lynden Melmed, Partner, Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP; former Chief Counsel, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services; and former Special Counsel to Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas)
– Wendy Young, President, Kids in Need of Defense (KIND)

Session 3Session III: Lessons from the Past: Looking to IRCA and Other Programs in Reforming the US Immigration System

Moderator: Donald Kerwin, Executive Director, Center for Migration Studies

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– Muzaffar Chishti, Director, MPI Office at NYU School of Law
 Charles Kamasaki, Executive Vice President, National Council of La Raza
– Jan C. Ting, Professor of Law at the Temple University Beasley School of Law; Assistant Commissioner of the Immigration and Naturalization Service (1990 to 1993); Board Member, Center for Immigration Studies

Sen. John McCainAfternoon Keynote Address by

The Honorable John McCain
US Senator from Arizona (1987-present)

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Session 4Session IV: A New Reality at the Border: Assessing Current Conditions and Considerations for Future Policy

Moderator: Andrew I. Schoenholtz, Director of Georgetown Law’s Human Rights Institute and Deputy Director of Georgetown University Institute for the Study of International Migration

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– Edward Alden, Bernard L. Schwartz Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations
– Fernando Garcia, Executive Director, Border Network for Human Rights
– Michael J. Fisher, Chief of the U.S. Border Patrol