The Cornell Law School Dreamer Conference aims to present a comprehensive overview of the legal and political situation around Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and other forms of temporary immigration status. Expert panelists will explore the origins of the “Dreamer” population, the administrative and litigation responses to the situation, and where we go from here, both for Dreamers and others in tenuous immigration situations.
10:15 -11:15 AM - Panel 1
Politics, Passions, Parents: How the DREAMers Gained Momentum
The panelists will cover the genesis of the Dreamer community and the legislative efforts to solve this problem.
Moderated by Stephen Yale-Loehr
Speaking: Julissa Arce, Gaby Pacheco, Rebecca Tallent
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM - Panel 2
DACA: Administrative Attempts, Litigation Limbo
This panel will discuss the Obama administration’s administrative solutions to the Dreamer problem (DACA and DAPA), litigation around those executive actions, the Trump administration’s rescission of the DACA program, and current litigation challenging that rescission.
Moderated by Jaclyn Kelley-Widmer
Speaking: Josh Blackman, Enrique Gonzalez, Tyler Moran, Esther Olavarria
12:30 - 2:00 PM - Lunch Keynote: Carlos Curbelo
2:15 - 3:30 PM - Panel 3
No Way Forward, Yet No Way Back: Dreamers as Part of a Comprehensive Immigration Reform Solution
This panel will provide an overview of the precarious nature of immigration quasi-status, including TPS, prosecutorial discretion, asylum, etc. The panel will also discuss where policymakers may go from here.
Moderated by Muzaffar Chishti
Speaking: Miriam Feldblum, Marshall Fitz, Mark Krikorian