Immigration 2012: A Panel Discussion on Immigration Policy and the Election

Thursday, April 5, 2012 at 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Raymond Great Hall
3545 Rudkin Way, Stockton, CA 95211

In the past few years, the number of illegal immigrants apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border has dropped to levels not seen in the past 40 years, according to the Department of Homeland Security. Experts believe this is because of the ongoing recession as well as the effect of more border patrols and other enhanced security measures.

Yet, when listening to politicians talk about the issue on the campaign trail, one would think the exact opposite is true. As a result, several states have passed their own immigration laws allowing police officers to deport anyone suspected of not being in the country legally. This has created a patchwork of rules where immigrants can be treated differently by authorities depending on what state they are in.

So what's going on?

Two noted experts on immigration law and a representative from the American Civil Liberties Union will discuss these laws, how politicians frame the issue during election years, and whether there is any hope of seeing comprehensive immigration reform in the near future. The lecture starts at 7 p.m. April 5 in Raymond Great Hall on the Stockton Campus of University of the Pacific. The event is free and open to the public.

"Immigration is an incredibly complex topic that touches upon a multitude of economic, policy and civil rights issues," said visiting Professor Dylan Zorea, who organized this lecture for Pacific's Legal Scholars Program. "Unfortunately, with no comprehensive immigration reform at the federal level, many states such as Arizona and Alabama have taken it upon themselves to pass their own laws. This has only complicated the debate."

Raquel Aldana and Omar Dajani, two professors at Pacific McGeorge School of Law, will discuss how the election is affecting the current state and federal laws on the books and whether there is any potential for comprehensive reform by the next Congress. They will be joined by

Daniel Galindo, a community organizer from the ACLU, who has been involved in the ACLU's scrutiny of the Federal Secure Communities Deportation Program.

This event is part of the Pacific Legal Scholars Seminars, which offers discussion of different aspects of the law for the benefit of students in the Pacific Legal Scholars Program. That program is a pre-law honors curriculum where students are offered internships, one-on-one discussions with legal scholars and judges, and opportunities to get a jump start on a law degree.

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