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Immigration Law

Immigration Reform Webinar, Dec. 6, 2022

eCornell - IMMIGRATION REFORM: Might Past Be Prologue? Tuesday, December 06, 2022, 1pm EST

It’s been over 30 years since Congress enacted the most recent set of comprehensive immigration reforms: the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 and the Immigration Act of 1990. These bipartisan yet hotly contested bills passed only after a debate spanning five presidential administrations, eight congressional sessions, and painful compromises by all parties. Even then, both bills died on the House floor before being resurrected at the 11th hour.

Can lessons learned during the last round of reform be applied to future debates? Charles Kamasaki, author of “Immigration Reform: The Corpse That Will Not Die” (Mandel Vilar Press, 2019), thinks so. The book provides a history of how the 1980s-era reforms were enacted along with a summary of developments since then. It concludes with seven lessons that advocates and lawmakers should consider in advancing future immigration reform.

Join us for this discussion with Mr. Kamasaki, Cornell Law School professor Steve Yale-Loehr, and Wall Street Journal immigration reporter Michelle Hackman.

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN

  • How challenging the enactment of immigration reform has been over the past 75 years and why
  • Recent inflection points where immigration reform hung in the balance and how both conservatives and progressives contributed to its failure
  • Which “new” policy innovations have the potential to advance progressive reform
  • How pro-immigrant advocates should approach the question of compromise and why they must

    SPEAKERS

    Charles Kamasaki
    Charles Kamasaki
    DISTINGUISHED VISITING IMMIGRATION SCHOLAR
    Cornell Law School
     
    Michelle Hackman
    Michelle Hackman
    IMMIGRATION REPORTER
    The Wall Street Journal
     
    Stephen W. Yale-Loehr
    Stephen W. Yale-Loehr
    PROFESSOR
    Cornell Law School