Washington, D.C. — On Monday, March 24, 2014, join the American Constitution Society and the Center for American Progress for a panel discussion about the potential of immigration federalism to promote pro-immigrant policies, and what the future of state and local action might be, with or without federal comprehensive reform.
In recent years, a wave of punitive state and local immigration laws went down to defeat in federal courts on the theory that, immigration policy being a national matter, they were preempted by federal law. Since 2012, there has been a proliferation of pro-immigrant state and local policies, such as measures limiting cooperation with federal immigration enforcement officials, and allowing immigrants, regardless of legal status, access to driver’s licenses, in-state college tuition, and professional licensing. Why did states and localities pass anti-immigrant laws in the first place, and what explains this shift to the positive? What are the legal theories and policy arguments being offered to support these efforts?
Introduction: Caroline Fredrickson, President, American Constitution Society for Law & Policy
Featured Speaker: Delegate Ana Sol Gutierrez (D-MD), Sponsor of the Maryland Law Enforcement TRUST Act
Panelists: Kamal Essaheb, Immigration Policy Attorney, National Immigration Law Center Pratheepan Gulasekaram, Associate Professor of Law, Santa Clara University Lorella Praeli, Advocacy & Policy Director, United We Dream Karthick Ramakrishnan, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of California, Riverside
Moderator: Angela Maria Kelley, Vice President, Immigration Policy, Center for American Progress
March 24, 2014
12:30 p.m. ET – 2:00 p.m. ET
Space is extremely limited. RSVP required. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis and not guaranteed.
Lunch will be served at 12:00PM; the program will begin at 12:30 PM.
1800 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20036
Nearest Metro: Closest Metro stop is Dupont Circle.