Executive Action Impact on Migration & Labor Symposium
On Thursday, April 6th, 2017, the Society for Immigrant and Refugee Rights held its first ever Symposium titled Executive Action Impact on Migration & Labor at Columbia Law School. This Symposium was opened with remarks from Columbia Law School Dean Gillian Lester who spoke on the disillusionment with globalization that has created a host of grievances at the heart of this discussion.
The Symposium brought together students, academics, practitioners, and community members to discuss the impact of the expansion of executive power in the U.S., including President Trump’s executive orders, on immigrant, refugee, and low-wage worker communities. This Symposium aimed to bridge the divide between conversations on labor and immigration and engage more deeply with the impact of executive action in the U.S. today.
The panelists considered whether a rights-based framework was helpful in addressing some of these issues and how concerned communities, especially law students, may advocate in the face of contemporary challenges.
Panel 1: Immigration
Mohini Banerjee & Lizette Ceja, Students, Columbia Law School
Shaw Drake, Equal Justice Works Fellow, Human Rights First
Sonia Lin. General Counsel, NYC Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs
Kendal Nystedt, Staff Attorney, Make the Road
Jason Parkin. Associate Clinical Professor, Columbia Law School
Panel 2: Labor and Workers’ Rights
Ricardo Garza & Clarisa Reyes-Becerra, Students, Columbia Law School
Karen Cacace, Director for the Employment Law Unit, Legal Aid Society
David Hausman, Skadden Fellow, ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project
Allison Julien, Dorothy Bolden Fellow, National Domestic Workers Alliance
Teresa Poor, Assistant Regional Director, National Labor Relations Board
This Symposium was co-sponsored by the Society for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, the Latino/a Law Students Association, the Worker's Rights Student Coalition, and the South Asian Law Students Association. The event was made possible through funding from the Columbia Law School Student Senate.