February 14, 2020

Message from the Chair

by Engy Abdelkader

Recently, the immigration crises has assumed extraordinary proportions. From the Muslim ban to barred foreign scholars and students, from caged children and separated families to public emergencies and border walls, from ending birthright citizenship to testing the citizenship question on some 2020 census questionnaires, from volatile political rhetoric and manufactured national security narratives to ideologically motivated violence against real or perceived immigrants, there is much to address.

In response, we are rolling up our sleeves and getting to work. We are identifying priority subject matter issues and developing programmatic proposals. Additionally, we are considering related legal, legislative and policy initiatives that empower and protect historically marginalized communities, advance the Rule of Law and uphold our country's democratic ideals. In doing so, we strive to highlight, supplement and support your extraordinary efforts as scholars, practitioners, advocates, activists and/or law students.