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In Immigration, What’s Old Is New Again: Viewing President Trump’s Immigration Executive Orders Through the Lens of the Chinese and Japanese Experiences

Thursday, June 1, 2017 | 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Program Fee: Free for Members | $10 for Non-Members

Earlier this year, shortly after his inauguration, President Trump signed two Executive Orders temporarily banning certain persons from certain majority Muslim countries from entering the United States. This is not the first time nationality or ancestry has been the basis of exclusion from the United States. Rather, this is a history that has continued to repeat itself. 135 years ago, the focus of exclusion was on China, with the passage of the Chinese Exclusion Act. Sixty years later, the United States interned persons of Japanese ancestry in internment camps months after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor.

With the issuance of President Trump’s Executive Orders, we endeavor to re-examine this troubled immigration history in the U.S. to learn more about what leads to these government decisions, the impacts to the communities and the expansive Executive and Congressional legal powers created by the courts. Come and join us as three prominent law professors share their insights and perspectives on United States immigration, past and present.

Gabriel “Jack” Chin, Edward L. Barrett Chair of Law and Martin Luther King, Jr. Professor of Law, University of California, Davis School of Law
Kermit Roosevelt, Professor of Law, University of Pennsylvania Law School and Author of Allegiance: A Novel
Alina Das, Associate Professor of Clinical Law and Co-Director of the Immigrant Rights Clinic, New York University Law School

Jennifer Kim, Co-Director, Immigrant Justice Project, City Bar Justice Center

Sponsoring Association Committee:
Asian Affairs Committee, Angus F. Ni, Chair

Co-Sponsoring Association Committees:
Middle Eastern & North African Affairs Committee, Robert Eli Michael, Chair
Task Force on National Security & the Rule of Law, Mark R. Shulman, Chair
International Human Rights Committee, Anil Kalhan, Chair
Immigration & Nationality Law Committee, Farrin Anello, Chair
Civil Rights Committee, Philip Desgranges, Chair

Co-Sponsoring Organizations:
Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF)
Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY)