March 19, 2014

Panel to Examine State, Local Efforts to Shape Immigration Policy

immigration, immigration reform, localities, state



CONTACT: Jeremy Leaming, ACS Vice President of Communications,

WHAT: A panel of experts, hosted by the American Constitution Society and the Center for American Progress, will discuss state and local efforts to create and implement laws that impact the lives of undocumented persons, even though many federal courts have ruled that immigration policy is largely a matter for the federal government. After a string of anti-immigrant laws, such as those created in Arizona, some states have shifted to crafting policies intended to help immigrants, such as measures allowing undocumented persons to gain access to driver's licenses, in-state college tuition and professional licensing. The panel will discuss these efforts and the legal theories and policy arguments that undergird them.


  • Introduction: Caroline Fredrickson, President, American Constitution Society
  • Featured remarks: Del. Ana Sol Gutierrez (D-Montgomery), Maryland House of Delegates, Sponsor of the Maryland Law Enforcement TRUST Act
  • Panel moderator: Angela Maria Kelley, Vice President, Immigration Policy, Center for American Progress
  • Kamal Essaheb, Immigration Policy Attorney, National Immigration Law Center
  • Pratheepan Gulasekaram, Associate Professor of Law, Santa Clara University
  • Lorella Praeli, Advocacy & Policy Director, United We Dream
  • Karthick Ramakrishnan, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of California, Riverside

WHEN: Monday, March 24, 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. EST

WHERE: SEIU Conference Center, 1800 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20036

Lunch will be served at noon. The program will begin at 12:30 p.m.

Reporters are invited to attend. Please RSVP here.

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