With concerns about immigrants' rights on the minds of some following the 2016 election, Penn State Law will host a three-hour "teach-in" today with professors, attorneys and local government leaders addressing the issue.
The event will be held from 4:30-7:30 p.m. in Sutliff Auditorium in the Lewis Katz Building on the University Park campus. It's expected to address hot-button issues that have been at the forefront of immigration enforcement discussions since the campaign, such as the idea for a Muslim registry and the defunct National Security Entry-Exit Registration System (NSEERS) instituted after 9/11, how immigration law may change in the coming years and sanctuary cities.
“Perhaps now more than ever before, immigration law is crucial to the future of our nation, our politics, and our communities,” said Shoba Wadhia, an expert on immigration law and director of the Penn State Law Center for Immigrants' Rights Clinic, who is among the speakers for the teach-in.
The event comes days after State College Borough Council passed a resolution declaring that immigration enforcement is a federal responsibility with which local officials would not be involved, and that "the State College Council will not voluntarily assist in any efforts by the federal government to apprehend, detain or deport community members."
Wadhia assisted in composing that resolution. State College Mayor Elizabeth Goreham also will speak at the event, along with council members Evan Myers and Jesse Barlow who led the development of the borough council resolution.
Other speakers will include Judy Kim, coordinator of the Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coalition, and professors from Penn State, the University of Pennsylvania, Villanova, Drexel, Temple and the University of Maryland.
The teach-in is open to the public will be live-streamed on Penn State Law's YouTube channel.