Policymakers and scholars will try to define what it means to be an American at an upcoming symposium discussing immigration at the Kansas School of Law, the university said in a statement.
The symposium will be from 9:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 22 in the Stinson Morrison Hecker LLP Lecture Hall, 104 Green Hall, 1535 W. 15th St. Among the topics: national identity, race, and the intersection of public policy and our conception of what it means to be an American. Organizers are calling it “Who Is ‘We the People?’ Perspectives on Immigration Policy and Reform.”
“The symposium begins with a discussion of the harm of deportation and creation of the path to full membership for long-term noncitizen residents,” said Julie Parisi, co-symposium editor. “It then moves into the difficult question of whether the United States is willing to accept everyone who wants to come here in search of a better life, followed by a look into state immigration laws. The symposium will conclude with perspectives of important stakeholders on immigration policy and what they believe constitutes meaningful immigration reform.”
Speakers will include: Alexandra Filindra, immigration scholar, political scientist and assistant professor, University of Illinois at Chicago; Jan Ting, professor of immigration law, Temple University Beasley School of Law and former assistant commissioner at the Immigration & Naturalization Service of the U.S. Department of Justice; Archbishop Joseph Naumann, Archdiocese of Kansas City; and Mike O’Neal, president, Kansas Chamber of Commerce.