[PAST EVENT] Non-citizen Participation in the American Polity

March 30, 2012 - March 31, 2012
1:30pm - 12:15pm
Law School, Room 127
613 S Henry St
Williamsburg, VA 23185Map this location
Non-Citizen Participation in the American Polity

Non-citizens have a lot of rights in the United States, but there are specific ways in which their participation within American society is limited. For example, lawful permanent residents can contribute to federal election campaigns, but they are not allowed to vote. Non-citizens are entitled to a free K-12 public education regardless of their immigration status, but immigration status can make all the difference for access to college and university. Lawful permanent residents generally have a right to return to the United States after a vacation abroad, but they can be removed from the United States if they engage in specific behavior. Non-citizens cannot be denied access to state welfare benefits because of their alienage, but they can be denied federal welfare benefits because of alienage.

This symposium will explore why such distinctions exist and what role ideas about membership play in executive, judicial and legislative decisions about the rights of non-citizens.

1:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.
Welcoming Remarks

1:45 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.
Are State Laws Restricting Immigrant's Civil Rights? Self-deportation and the Fight against the DREAM Act

--Michael A. Olivas, University of Houston, Dreams Deferred: Deferred Action, Discretion and the Vexing Case(s) of DREAM Act Students
--Kevin Johnson, UC Davis, The "New" Civil Rights: Is the "New" Birmingham Like the "Old" Birmingham?
--Moderator: Allison Orr Larsen, William & Mary Law School

3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Non-Federal Immigration Enforcement.
--Stephen Lee, UC Irvine, Police, Employers, Immigrants and Work
--Jennifer Chacon, UC Irvine, The New Immigration Federalism
--Moderator: Cindy Hahamovitch, College of William & Mary

4:00 p.m.
Symposium Recesses for the Day


8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast

9:15 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
What is the Value of Citizenship?
--Deep Gulasekaram, Santa Clara Law, untitled, on the 2nd Amendment and Citizenship
--Peter Spiro, Temple University, The Difference that Citizenship Doesn't Make
--Rick Su, SUNY Buffalo, Immigrant Representation in the Reform City
--Moderator: Michael Stephen Green, William & Mary Law School

10:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
Polity Participation: Noncitizens & the Expansion of Legal Rights
--Dan Kanstroom, Boston College, Empowering the "Voteless Class of Litigants": Noncitizens' Legal Claims as Participation in the Polity
--Rose Cuison Villazor, Hofstra University, Negotiated Citizenship in the U.S. Territories.
--Moderator: Linda Malone, William & Mary Law School

11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Closing Remarks
--Angela Banks, William & Mary Law School

12:15 p.m. Symposium Concludes