April 28, 2016

Former Governor of Maryland Martin O’Malley to speak at ABA panel on U.S. debate over immigration

WASHINGTON, April 28, 2016 — Martin O’Malley, former governor of Maryland and Democratic presidential candidate will be among the panelists discussing the political debates around immigration at the program, “Words Matter: the U.S. Debate over Immigration, the Media, and the 2016 Election,” hosted both in-person and live web stream by the American Bar Association Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice and the Commission on Immigration on May 6 at National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

“Words Matter: the U.S. Debate over Immigration,
the Media, and the 2016 Election”
Sponsored by the ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice
and the Commission on Immigration


Friday, May 6, 8–10 a.m.

National Press Club
529 14th St. NW, Suite 1300
Washington, D.C. 20045

Also accessible on live web stream

Panelists will discuss the 2014 influx of Central American mothers with young children to the southwestern U.S. border; the political response to the Syrian refugee crisis; President Barack Obama’s executive orders on immigration reform; and questions about the legitimacy of birthright citizenship.

In addition, the panel will explore the political comments made during this presidential election cycle about race, nationalities and religious groups and will discuss the opposing views of America’s role in providing a safe haven to those seeking religious and political freedom. Panelists will address how the negative rhetoric employed in today’s political debate threatens the United States and the nation’s modern democracy.

Moderating the discussion will be Mary Meg McCarthy, executive director of the National Immigrant Justice Center in Chicago and chair of the ABA Commission on Immigration. Other participants include Emir Hadzic, U.S. Marine gunnery sergeant and Bosnian-Muslim refugee; Melinda Henneberger, editor-in-chief of Roll Call; and Jayesh Rathod, professor of law and director of the Immigrant Justice Clinic at American University’s Washington College of Law.

This event is free and open to the members of the press. For media credentialing, please contact Jennifer Kildee at 202-662-1732 or Jennifer.Kildee@americanbar.org.To register for the live web stream click here.

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