16th Annual Immigration Law and Policy Conference

September 30, 2019

Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin K. McAleenan to deliver keynote at Georgetown Law

WASHINGTON – Georgetown Law will host the 16th Annual Immigration Law and Policy Conference on Monday, Oct. 7.


Over the course of one day, public officials, advocates, journalists and a range of immigration law and policy experts will discuss topics including 2020 immigration politics, prolific executive branch policymaking and the role of the courts, the situation at the U.S.-Mexico border, and root causes of the migration crisis in the hemisphere. Acting Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan will deliver a keynote address. The 16th Annual Immigration Law and Policy Conference is sponsored by the Migration Policy Institute, Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC), and Georgetown Law.


Kevin K. McAleenan, Acting Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security • Doris Meissner, MPI; former INS Commissioner • Casey Christine Higgins, Former Assistant to House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI); Akin Gump • Lomi Kriel, Houston Chronicle • Lorella Praeli, Community Change Action • Julia Preston, The Marshall Project Anna Gallagher, Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. • Dylan Corbett, Hope Border Institute Sue Kenney-Pfalzer, Border and Asylum Network, HIAS • Joel Rose, National Public Radio • Andrew I. Schoenholtz, Georgetown Law • Chiara Cardoletti-Carroll, Deputy Regional Representative for the U.S. and the Caribbean, UNHCR • Anthony Fontes, American University Maureen Meyer • Director for Mexico and Migrant Rights, WOLA • Muzaffar Chishti, MPI’s office at New York University School of Law • Kim Johnson, California Department of Social Services • David Shahoulian, Chief Counsel, House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship • Cecillia Wang, American Civil Liberties Union


Monday, October 7, 2019
9:00 am – 5:00 pm

9:00 – 9:45 a.m.
Welcome and Keynote Address

9:45 – 11:00 a.m.
State of Play: Central to the Trump Administration’s Record, Immigration Looms as the Major 2020 Issue

11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Drawing a New Line: Recent Changes in the U.S.-Mexico Border

2:00 – 3:15 p.m.
The Humanitarian and Migration Crisis Originating in Central America: The Need for Regional Approaches

3:45 – 5:00 p.m.
Volleying Among the Branches of Government: DACA, TPS, Asylum and Other Policies that Hang in the Balance


Georgetown Law
Hart Auditorium
600 New Jersey Ave. NW
Washington, D.C. 20001