According to the Pew Research Center, there were 11 million unauthorized immigrants in the US in 2015, a small but statistically significant decline from the Center’s estimate of 11.3 million in 2009. And while these numbers differ slightly, depending on who is counting and how they are looking at and sampling the population, it’s clear that the US government’s plan for undocumented immigrants has changed dramatically with the new administration. But how does immigration enforcement really work—both conceptually and on the ground?
Join us November 2 when immigration lawyer, Linus Chan, will discuss how various immigration laws—city, county, state, and federal—interact and intersect when being enforced. Professor Chan, who received the University’s prestigious 2017 University Outstanding Community Service Award for his work with the Law School’s James H. Binger Center for New Americans, also will dispel the numerous myths that surround immigration and immigrants, including “sanctuary cities," "anchor babies," criminal aliens,” and more.
Says Chan, “Immigration law is diverse, rich, and an example of how to define what our country’s values are. Deciding who can be our neighbors, co-workers, teachers, and family often requires us to articulate our vision of the United States and whether it is to remain a shining light on a hill.”
Linus Chan, JD, Northwestern University School of Law; AB, University of Chicago, has practiced immigration law for more than 12 years. He is a Clinical Professor of Law in the University of Minnesota Law School’s James H. Binger Center for New Americans, where he created the Detainee Rights Clinic and the Legal Orientation Program, which trains students to help non-citizens who are detained at Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) facilities in Minnesota. More than 300 people have been assisted since the program began. Prior to his work at the University, Chan taught at DePaul College of Law and DePaul Asylum and Immigration Law Clinic. He recently received the University’s 2017 University Outstanding Community Service Award for his work at the Binger Center. The award is the highest honor the University gives for service to the University and community.
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