The Future of DACA and Immigration Law and Policy

Sponsorship: 
The University Forum on Current Issues

Date and Times: 
Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 
University of Pittsburgh School of Law
3900 Forbes Avenue Teplitz Memorial Moot Courtroom
Pittsburgh, PA 15260


This event has now concluded. Watch a recording of this event below.

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.

  • Sheila I. Vélez Martínez, the Jack & Lovell Olender Professor of Refugee, Asylum, and Immigration Law, University of Pittsburgh School of Law

  • William M. Carter, Jr., Dean and Professor of Law, University of Pittsburgh School of Law

  • Dr. 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.

The University Forum on Current Issues

This forum is the first in a series designed to engage the Pitt community in respectful and civil discussions about today’s most vital issues. Each forum will aim to incorporate a broad set of perspectives that will allow for a deeper understanding of challenging current affairs.

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