Immigration in the Trump Era
Kristen Collins, Professor of Law, Boston University
Wednesday 7 March, 5.30 – 7pm
Hosted by Rhodes to Asylum
Immediately after taking office in January 2017, President Donald Trump issued numerous Executive Orders and Proclamations concerning immigration, deportation, and the treatment of noncitizens in the United States. These executive actions have triggered domestic and international protest, earned rebuke from human rights and migration experts, and occasioned a host of lawsuits and high-profile political showdowns. In this fireside chat, Professor Kristin Collins will focus on two of the most controversial of the President’s immigration orders—the travel ban and the suspension of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)—and the important questions they have generated. Can the federal government discriminate on the basis of religion or national origin in the regulation of the nation’s borders? Does the President have the power to regulate immigration by proclamation? What role can the courts play in checking the President’s actions on immigration, and should they? Do these policies signal a lasting shift in American immigration law and policy? Professor Collins is a frequently cited authority in American nationality and immigration law, and has coauthored several amicus briefs filed in constitutional challenges to the travel ban and other immigration laws and policies. She is a professor of law at Boston University and is currently the Senior Visiting Fellow at the Rothermere American Institute, where she is writing a book on the development of American citizenship and immigration law.