As legislative attempts to alter immigration law have failed time and again, policies under the influence of executive branch agencies have become critical features of the immigration law landscape. Along with that, litigation has challenged officials’ efforts to mold immigration policies to reflect the political priorities of the administration occupying the White House. Advocates frequently turn to constitutional claims or the strictures of congressional enactments. But a few creative lawyers are turning to much older legal doctrines to advocate on behalf of migrants.
In Tort Law Comes to Immigration Advocacy, I will speak with Angélica Salceda and Norma Ventura about their use of tort law to challenge the Border Patrol’s treatment of detained migrants and the Trump administration’s decision to separate parents from their children. Part of Charlas on Migration, a new event series at Ohio State University addressing the most pressing developments in migration law and policy, Tort Law Comes to Immigration Advocacy will bridge the gap between ancient legal principles and contemporary law enforcement policies. Salceda, the director of Democracy and Civic Engagement at the ACLU of Northern California, and Ventura, a staff attorney at the Southern Poverty Law Center, will share their experiences challenging some of the most consequential immigration policies of recent years.
This hour-long conversation is scheduled for Monday, November 1, 2021, at 12:00 pm Pacific/3:00 pm Eastern. This is a virtual event that is free and open to the public. Registration is required.