Immigrants, Vigilantes, and Immigration Reform: Civil Rights in the 21st Century

Immigrants, Vigilantes, and Immigration Reform:  Civil Rights in the 21st Century
October 19, 2007
SMU Dedman School of Law
Dallas, Texas

At the outset of the 21st Century, United States immigration law and policy has become one of the most pressing issues of our time. In recent years we have witnessed among other things, calls for dramatically restricting immigration in light of an alleged threat to American national identity, increased border law enforcement associated with thousands of deaths on the U.S./Mexican border and vigilante activity, special immigration laws and legal procedures enacted for the “war on terror,” and mass marches protesting draconian immigration reform in cities across the United States, including Dallas, Texas. The conference seeks to deal with these issues.


8:30 a.m.   Registration & Breakfast

9:00 a.m.   Session One

Opening the Floodgates: Why America Needs to Rethink its Borders and Immigration Laws
Dean Kevin R. Johnson, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Mabie-Apallas Professor of Public Interest Law and Chicana/o Studies, University of California at Davis

Immigration & Civil Rights
Professor Teresa A. Miller, Professor of Law, The State University of New York, Buffalo

Professor George A. Martinez, Symposium Organizer; Professor of Law, SMU Dedman School of Law

10:45 a.m.   Session Two

Lawmakers Gone Wild? A Response to Prof. Kobach
Professor Michael A. Olivas, William B. Bates Distinguished Chair of Law, University of Houston Law Center

Immigrants, Markets and Rights: The United States as an Emerging Migration State
Professor James F. Hollifield, Professor of International Political Economy and Director of the John G. Tower Center for Political Studies, Southern Methodist University, and
Professor Valerie F. Hunt, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Southern Methodist University

Professor Karen L. Engle, Cecil D. Redford Professor of Law and Director of Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice, University of Texas at Austin

1:45 p.m.     Session Three

The Disadvantages of Protectionist Immigration Restrictions as a Policy to Improve Income Redistribution
Professor Howard F. Chang, Earle Hepburn Professor of Law, University of Pennsylvania

Providing Sanctuary For Immigrants
Professor Rose C. Villazor, Assistant Professor of Law, SMU Dedman School of Law

Professor Nathan Cortez, Assistant Professor of Law, SMU Dedman School of Law

For Registration, call (214) 768-3341. For questions regarding the symposium, contact Professor George A. Martinez at (214) 768-3065 or email him at gmartine|at|