An immigration reform conference at DePaul University in Chicago will do that on October 24, 2011. Entitled "Reframing Reform: Immigration as a Solution," the conference will gather figures from across the nation to consider consequences of the failure to reform the current US immigration system. Additionally, it will educate participants, enabling them to get involved in immigration law reform on a comprehensive level.
The daylong conference, sponsored by the College of Law, will cover a variety of relevant topics, including:
- the consequences of inaction in immigration reform on the economy, families and communities,
- an analysis of US Immigration and Customs Enforcement immigration measures and
- state and local government responses to these measures.
Afternoon concurrent sessions will address relevant issues:
1) Asylees and Refugees
What are the obstacles to obtaining protection-based relief? Are certain populations left out of the scope of protection?
2) What will happen to the kids? A discussion of punitive measures against children who had no choice in the decision to live in the United States
3) Detainees and their Families: The privatization of detention and detention conditions.
4) Political Economies
- Impact of the existing system on employers and businesses
- Costs and risks of seeking entry for those who are denied visas
- Costs to communities here and abroad of those denied entrance or returned home
A consideration of the message--and the use of social media in communicating it--will round up the afternoon content.