Cornell Law School Dreamer Conference: Dreamers and Beyond: Our Broken Immigration System
Friday, October 5, 2018
New York City Bar Association
42 West 44th St, New York, NY 10036
The Cornell Law School Dreamer Conference, sponsored in part by the Charles Koch Foundation, presented a comprehensive overview of the legal and political situation around Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and other forms of temporary immigration status.
Expert panelists explored the origins of the “Dreamer” population, the administrative and litigation responses to the situation, and where we go from here, both for Dreamers and others in tenuous immigration situations.
10:00 AM - Introduction
Eduardo Peñalver, Allan R. Tessler Dean and Professor of Law, Cornell Law School
10:15 -11:15 AM - Panel 1
Politics, Passions, Parents: How the DREAMers Gained Momentum
View Recording HERE Politics, Passions, Parents.
This panel covered the history of the Dreamer issue going back to 2001, when Senator Dick Durbin first introduced the Dream Act. The panelists discussed the genesis of the Dreamer community and the legislative efforts to solve this problem.
Moderator: Stephen Yale-Loehr, Professor of Immigration Law Practice, Cornell Law School
Julissa Arce, DREAMer Advocate and Nationally Best Selling Author
Gaby Pacheco, Program Director, Advocacy, Development, and Communications, TheDream.Us
Rebecca Tallent, Director of U.S. Government Affairs, Dropbox
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM - Panel 2
DACA: Administrative Attempts, Litigation Limbo
View Recording HERE Administrative Attempts, Litigation Limbo.
This panel discussed the Obama administration’s administrative solutions to the Dreamer problem (DACA and DAPA), litigation around those executive actions, the Trump administration’s rescission of the DACA program, and current litigation challenging that rescission.
Moderator: Jaclyn Kelley-Widmer, Assistant Clinical Professor of Law (Lawyering), Cornell Law School
Josh Blackman, Associate Professor of Law, South Texas College of Law in Houston
Enrique Gonzalez, Managing Partner, Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen, Lowey, LLP
Tyler Moran, Managing Director, Immigration Hub
Esther Olavarria, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress
12:30 - 2:00 PM - Lunch Keynote: Carlos Curbelo, Representative, U.S. House of Representatives
View Recording HERE of Keynote:
2:15 - 3:30 PM - Panel 3
No Way Forward, Yet No Way Back: Dreamers as Part of a Comprehensive Immigration Reform Solution
View Recording HERE No Way Forward
This panel provided an overview of the precarious nature of immigration quasi-status, including not only those with DACA but also TPS, prosecutorial discretion, asylum, etc. The panel will also discuss where policymakers may go from here.
Moderator: Muzaffar Chishti, Director of the Migration Policy Institute, NYU School of Law
Miriam Feldblum, Executive Director, Presidents' Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration
Marshall Fitz,Immigration Policy Specialist and Legislative Advocate, Emerson Collective and Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress
Mark Krikorian: Executive Director, Center for Immigration Studies
3:30 - 5:00 PM - Reception
Charles Koch, Charles Koch Foundation