The event was hosted by the Center for Migration Studies of New York (CMS), Cabrini Center for Immigrant Legal Assistance of Catholic Charities of Galveston-Houston, the Houston Immigration Legal Services Collaborative, and the South Texas College of Law Houston.
This panel highlighted successful models of collaboration to defeat anti-immigrant legislation and to create momentum and winning partnerships for long-term reform. It discussed the ingredients of successful past legislative campaigns; current state advocacy challenges (including passage of SB 4 in Texas); and likely legislative challenges in Congress in the upcoming months.
Moderator: Kevin Appleby, Senior Director of International Migration Policy, Center for Migration Studies
Ashley Feasley, Director of Policy, Migration and Refugee Services, US Conference of Catholic Bishops
Oscar Hernandez, Lead Field Organizer, United We Dream
Chris Newman, Legal Director and General Counsel, National Day Laborer Organizing Network
Frances E. Valdez, Attorney, United We Dream
Gislaine Williams, Grassroots Community Organizer, Refugee Council USA