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"Immigration Crisis" Panel

Posted By Kevin R. Johnson, Jul 20, 2010

Today, I served on a panel on “The Immigration Crisis: Federal Policies, State and Local Responses, and Impact on Community Safety.”  The event, which was held in the California Secretary of State Building in downtown Sacramento, was sponsored by the American Constitution Society-Sacramento Chapter and the ACLU of Sacramento County.  The panel, which was moderated by Christopher Parker (Franchise Tax Board), included Julia Mass (ACLU-Northern California), Arturo Venegas, Jr., former Chief of Police, City of Sacramento, and me.  My comments focused on the political and historical context for, as well as the legal challenges to, Arizona’s controversial immigration law, SB 1070.

We had a great crowd that included Professor (and Director of the Immigration Law Clinic) Amagda Pérez and law students Esmeralda Soría, Marvin Pineda, and Aidin Castillo.  We also had a number of McGeorge friends there, including Professor Raquel Aldana, Brian Landsberg, and John Sims.  The audience had great questions for the panelists.