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Communities in Crisis: The Effects of Immigration Law and Politics on American Communities

The Fellows CLE Research Seminar: “Communities in Crisis: The Effects of Immigration Lawand Politics on American Communities” was presented on Saturday, February 7, 2015 during the 2015 ABA Midyear Meeting.

This panel will explore the tensions surrounding immigration law as they arise in different community contexts, and the implications for law and policy. Two ABF-affiliated researchers will present original research on communities deeply affected by immigration politics and policies: Hazleton, Pennsylvania, and the Arizona-Sonora border region.  They will be joined by a law professor who is a leading scholar on the effects of immigration law on education and a practitioner leader who chairs the ABA Commission on Immigration and has been deeply involved in the representation of unaccompanied minor immigrants.

Professor Macias-Rojas presenting her research


Jamie G. Longazel,  Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Dayton

ABF Doctoral Fellow, 2009-11      

 Patrisia Macias-Rojas, Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Illinois – Chicago

ABF Visiting Professor

 Christina A. Fiflis,  Chair, ABA Commission on Immigration

Co-Chair, ABA Working Group on Unaccompanied Minor Immigrants

Fiflis Law LLC

 Michael A. Olivas, Williams B. Bates Distinguished Chair of Law and Director, Institute of Higher Education Law & Governance at the University of Houston

Ana M. Kocur, Deputy Director, U.S Department of Justice’s Executive Office of Immigration Review


Honorable Delissa A. Ridgway, U.S. Court of International Trade

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