Introductory Remarks from Faculty Co-Directors Ahilan Arulanantham & Hiroshi Motomura
Day 3, Session 1: Building Power During the Biden Administration -- Inside vs. Outside Advocacy
During the Obama administration, many immigrants' rights advocates regularly engaged with executive branch officials to advance change, while others publicly pushed back against those same officials. Those inside/outside tactics largely disappeared during the Trump administration, where there were far fewer opportunities for immigrants' rights activists to engage in productive dialogue with the administration. With so many movement leaders now taking roles in the Biden administration, how are advocates looking at inside/outside strategies to advance pro-immigrant policies?
This panel will bring together leaders from across the country to discuss power dynamics and strategies to enact positive immigration change:
- Erika Andiola is the Chief Advocacy Officer for the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES), and one of the most powerful voices shaping the national conversation around immigrants' rights. She has made immigrants' rights advocacy her life's work. Erika co-founded the Arizona Dream Act Coalition, was a member of the National Coordinating Committee for United We Dream, and worked for the Bernie Sanders campaign in 2016.
- Angelica Salas has served as the Executive Director of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA) since 1999. Over the last 20 years, she has transformed the organization into a mass membership immigrant-led organization that has worked to advance immigrants' rights at all levels of government.
- Stephanie Valencia is co-founder and president of EquisLabs, and a national leader at the nexus of politics, technology, and leadership development. She recently served as Political Director at Investing In.Us, a political venture capital fund focused on disruptive platforms and initiatives to enhance civic participation. She is among a small group of advisers who served President Barack Obama in senior roles through his presidential campaign and both terms in office.
- Moderator: Nana Gyamfi is the Executive Director of Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI), the largest Black-led social justice organization representing the nearly 10 million Black immigrants, refugees, and families living in the United States. Nana has been a movement attorney for the past 25 years. She is a graduate of the UCLA School of Law.
Day 3, Session 2: A Conversation with U.S. Senator Alex Padilla
Senator Alex Padilla is a U.S. Senator for the State of California, and the Chairman of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, and Border Safety. He is the proud son of immigrants from Mexico – a short-order cook and a housekeeper – and a graduate of both Los Angeles public schools and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Senator Padilla has already proven to be a powerful national voice on immigration issues.
Senator Padilla will speak with Professor Hiroshi Motomura, Faculty Co-Director of the Center for Immigration Law and Policy, about a range of immigration issues, and what role he can play as Senator from the state with the nation's largest immigrant population.
Day 3, Session 3: Congress, the Courts, and the President: Who Should Do What, and When, to Protect Immigrants' Rights?
DACA is now a household name, but it is not the largest administrative relief program authored by the Obama administration. Over 3 million people could have applied for Deferred Action for the Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA), if it had taken effect. But Texas and other states sued to stop DAPA, and a court stepped in to block it. At the start of the Biden administration, some advocates believe the President should adopt another large-scale relief program. But his administration is instead championing legislation that, at least as of now, lacks sufficient support to become law. Meanwhile, Texas again challenged the new administration's 100-day moratorium on deportations, and the policy was also blocked. Given this state of affairs, how should advocates think about achieving meaningful protection from deportation and lawful status for a majority of the nation's undocumented population, and otherwise advancing immigrants' rights? What exactly should they seek from each branch of government, and when? In this panel, we invite three experienced advocates to share their thoughts:
- Lorella Praeli is President of Community Change Action and one of the most influential immigrants' rights advocates in the country. As a former DACA-recipient and veteran of United We Dream, the ACLU, and the Hillary Clinton 2016 campaign, Lorella brings a wealth of experience to our discussion.
- Sirine Shebaya is Executive Director of the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild. She is a longtime immigrant rights advocate who focuses on combining litigation and public campaign strategies to defend and advance the rights of immigrant communities of color. Sirene has litigated several high-profile cases alongside and on behalf of communities impacted by family separation, discriminatory police practices, immigration detention and enforcement, and the Muslim Ban.
- Anil Kalhan is a Professor of Law at the Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law and a Visiting Scholar at the Center for the Study of Law and Society at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law. Professor Kalhan's scholarly and teaching interests lie in the areas of immigration law, U.S. and comparative constitutional law, international human rights law, privacy and surveillance, criminal law, and law and South Asian studies.
Moderator: Chris Newman is the Legal Director & General Counsel for the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON). He has worked with day laborers since 2002, and was hired as NDLON's first attorney in 2004. Before working at NDLON, he was the founding coordinator of the Wage Clinic and Legal Program at El Centro Humanitario para los Trabajadores, a day laborer worker center in Denver, CO.