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ISS Event Explores the Past, Present, and Future of Immigration Policy

Immigration policy has been on the forefront of people’s minds thanks to the recent presidential election. Much of the conversation on the topic concerns future policies, but scholars gathering for a conference at UC Davis at the end of the month will be looking at the past as well, historicizing U.S. immigration policy, particularly as it pertains to deportation.
On Friday January 27, 2017 the Institute for Social Sciences (ISS) will present “Documenting the Immigrant,” a multidisciplinary conference examining U.S. immigration policy in the past, present, and future. The event begins with a welcome at 8:30 a.m. and will transition into a series of panels beginning at 8:55 a.m. and going until 4:00 p.m., all held in ARC Ballroom B. A continental breakfast and lunch will be provided for those who register beforehand.
Co-sponsored by the Department of Political Science, the UC Davis School of Law, and the Migration Research Cluster, this conference brings together a diverse selection of scholars from many different fields and institutions. Many of the presenters are faculty members from a wide assortment of fields ranging from agriculture to women and gender studies, many with backgrounds in law and public policy, but panelists also include experts from outside academia, including the following:
Margaret Regan, journalist from the Tucson Weekly. Author as well as journalist, Regan has published two books on immigration, Detained and Deported: Stories of Immigrant Families Under Fire (2015), and The Death of Josseline: Immigration Stories from the Arizona-Mexico Borderlands (2010).
Ali Noorani, executive director of the National Immigration Forum. The National Immigration Forum is one of the country’s leading immigration advocacy organizations; it promotes the value of a diverse immigrant population. Noorani also has a forthcoming book called There Goes the Neighborhood: How Communities Overcome Prejudice and Meet the Challenge of American Immigration, which will be published April 2017.  
Dinah Bear, environmental lawyer and chair of the Humane Borders board. A non-profit, Humane Borders’ primary mission, according to their web page,  is “to save desperate people from a horrible death by dehydration and exposure and to create a just and humane environment in the borderlands.” They place water stations throughout the Sonoran Desert.
Barbara Pinto, immigration senior staff attorney with Centro Legal de la Raza. A legal services agency, Centro Legal de la Raza provides bilingual legal and educational services to immigrant, low-income, and Latino communities throughout Northern and Central California.
Faye Hipsman, policy analyst and California program coordinator with the Migration Policy Institute. A non-profit think-tank, the Migration Policy Institute provides in-depth policy analysis on the matters of voluntary and involuntary migration.
Melissa Keaney, immigration attorney with the National Immigration Law Center. The National Immigration Law Center specializes in the defense and advance of immigrant rights. They provide legal representation, policy analysis and advocacy among other services.
Conference organizer, Associate Professor Brad Jones of the Department of Political Science at UC Davis, selected “a variety of voices” for the conference because much of the research on immigration issues suffers from a “disconnect between theory and policy.” He brings together this eclectic group of speakers “with the aim of achieving a more integrated analysis, informed by immigration-related social scientific research, which can be used for developing immigration policy going forward.” This conference will provide a unique opportunity to hear from leading researchers, policy makers, advocates, and even members of the media on the matter of immigration and policy making.
Conference Schedule:

Full schedule available at the conference registration website.
8:45 – 8:55 a.m. Conference Welcome
8:55 – 10:25 a.m. Borderlines: Life, Death and Being Latina/o
10:35 a.m. – 12:05 p.m. Detained, Deported, and Threatened: A Roundtable
12:45 – 2:05 p.m. DACA, DAPA and Deportation Threat
2:15 – 4:00 p.m. 15 Years Later: Immigration Policy Post 9/11 and What’s Ahead in the Trump Administration
Cordelia Ross, DHI Graduate Student Researcher and doctoral candidate in the Department of English

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