Plenary 1 of the 2009 Immigration Law and Policy Conference

Immigration over the last quarter of a century has forever changed the demographics landscape of the United States. Nearly 40 million foreign born already live in the United States, long waiting lists for family and employment-based visas have been with us for some time, and in this decade, for the first time, immigration courts handled over 300,000 matters annually. At the start of the Obama administration, this panel will consider how well positioned the government is to make immigration policy in a coherent and thoughtful manner and to administer the immigration system of justice—removal adjudications—in a fair, efficient, and effective way.

Session Moderator: Andrew Schoenholtz, Deputy Director, Institute for the Study of International Migration, Georgetown University

Session Speakers:
Donald Kerwin, Vice President for Programs, Migration Policy Institute

Tara Magner, consultant to the Chairman of the US Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont
Esther A. Olavarria, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy, Department of Homeland Security

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