May 11, 2017

Montgomery County police chief and general counsel to D.C. mayor to speak at panel on sanctuary cities

WASHINGTON, May 17, 2017  — Department of Justice official, Chad Mizelle, counsel to the U.S. Deputy Attorney General, will be among panelists discussing ways in which local and state jurisdictions may limit their cooperation with federal immigration authorities at the program, “Sanctuary Cities: Legitimate Law Enforcement Policy or Rogue Action?” on Friday, May 19 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. The 90-minute program will be hosted both in-person and live streamed by the American Bar Association. 

Mizelle, will address the Justice Department’s response to sanctuary jurisdictions–– including potential actions the DOJ can take-– and the legal authority for the Department’s actions.

“Sanctuary Cities: Legitimate Law Enforcement Policy or Rogue Action?”
Sponsored by the ABA Commission on Immigration and the Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice


Friday, May 19, 9-10:30 a.m.

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

Also accessible on live web stream

Other panelists include J. Thomas Manger, chief of the Montgomery County, Md., Police Department; Betsy Cavendish, general counsel to D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser; Michele Waslin, senior research and policy analyst at the American Immigration Council; Paromita Shah, associate director of the National Immigration Project; and Michael Neifach, a shareholder at Jackson Lewis PC and former general counsel of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Moderating the discussion will be Karen T. Grisez, public service counsel at Fried, Frank LLP and special counsel to the ABA Commission on Immigration.

The panelists will discuss the concept of “sanctuary city” in the context of current-day immigration enforcement, as well as the consequences of implementing sanctuary policies on local jurisdictions and the immigrant population residing within its boundaries.

In addition, the panel will explore how sanctuary policies vary among jurisdictions; the impact on local policing; the potential reprisals against sanctuary cities, including the loss of federal funding; and the constitutionality of voluntary or obligated cooperation with federal immigration authorities and whether sanctuary cities ultimately create safer and more prosperous communities.

This event is open to members of the press. For media credentialing, please contact Maria Frausto at 202-662-1091 or To view live stream click here or follow @ABA_CRSJ broadcasts on Twitter.

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