The focus of this program is on a range of possible changes to immigration law and policy that were discussed in the Presidential election campaign and since the election. The potential changes will be discussed in the historical context of immigration law and policy in the United States over the past century. One primary area of attention will be the future of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program instituted by President Barack Obama.
In addition, the panelists will discuss subjects such as the legal and constitutional implications of sanctuary cities; the banning of potential immigrants or foreign visitors on the basis of religion; and the creation of national registries on the basis of religion, national origin, and/or country of citizenship.
The panelists are leading experts in immigration law and constitutional law and a legal professional actively involved with immigrants who are directly impacted by the policies described above.
William M. Carter Jr., Dean and Professor of Law, University of Pittsburgh School of Law
Orlando Portela-Valentin, PhD, Adjunct Professor of Law, University of Pittsburgh School of Law, and affiliated attorney with Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Pittsburgh, which provides direct services
to immigrant families and communities in Western Pennsylvania
Sheila Vélez Martínez, the Jack & Lovell Olender Professor of Refugee, Asylum, and Immigration Law, University of Pittsburgh School of Law