Can Sanctuary Keep Communities Secure? Legal, Moral and Historical Considerations

University of St. Thomas Law Journal Spring 2016 Symposium

University of St. Thomas Law Journal Spring 2016 Symposium

Date & Time:

Friday, March 18, 2016
8:00 AM - 12:15 PM


University of St. Thomas School of Law
Frey Moot Courtroom


Approved for 3.25 CLE hours.

Immigration policies impact the lives of immigrants and of those in the communities in which they live. Immigration raises many questions about the involvement of different levels of government and civil society in assisting or apprehending unauthorized immigrants. The University of St. Thomas Law Journal will explore what Sanctuary Cities are; how the Crimmigration Pipeline operates; and the dynamic interaction between federal, state and local authorities and civil society on immigration policy. Speakers also will consider historical and theological foundations of providing sanctuary. Can federal immigration authorities compel local law enforcement to detain and hold persons suspected of violating immigration laws? Can local governments limit information-gathering about unauthorized immigrants? Can state legislatures overrule local sanctuary ordinances? This conversation will focus on the impact of immigration policies at the federal, state and local levels.


8:00-8:30         Registration and Hot (meatless) Breakfast

8:30-8:40         Welcome and Introduction (Dean Robert K. Vischer)

Panel 1: What Does Sanctuary Mean? Beatriz Marrinan, Moderator

8:40-9:00         Speaker 1 – Virgil WiebeImmigration Federalism in Minnesota, 2001-16 

9:00-9:20         Speaker 2 – Kristina Campbell - Operation Sojourner: The Government Infiltration of the Sanctuary Movement in the 1980s and its Legacy for the Modern Central American Refugee Crisis.

9:20-9:35         Questions

Panel 2: Crimmigration and Federal Removal Policies: from Secure Communities to Priority Enforcement. Kathy Moccio, Moderator

9:40-10:00       Speaker 3 – Christopher Lasch - Deconstructing the Crimmigration Pipeline

10:00-10:20     Speaker 4 – Sirine Shebaya - Has the Priority Enforcement Program Solved the Constitutional Problems with ICE Detainers 

10:20-10:40     Speaker 5 – Carrie Rosenbaum - Crimmigration Enforcement’s Permanent Legitimacy Problem

10:40-10:55     Questions

10:55-11:15     Break

Panel 3: Cooperation or Conflict? Federal, State, Local and Civic Dynamics in the Deportation Debate. Elizabeth Holmes, Moderator

11:15-11:35     Speaker 6 – Caitlin Barry - The Right to Remain in Safety: The Impact of Community Leadership on Philadelphia's Immigration Policies 

11:35-11:55     Speaker 7 –Huyen Pham - Modeling Cooperation: How Federal and Subfederal Authorities Should Work Together to Enforce Immigration Laws

11:55-12:10     Questions       

12:10-12:15     Closing Remarks

Please stay and join us for a Hot Topics/Cool Talk lunch and program from 12:30-1:30 sponsored by the Murphy Institute for Catholic Thought, Law, and Public Policy. Click here for details and registration information for this event.

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