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PRESS BREAKFAST ADVISORY: Immigration and Legal Experts to Discuss Arizona v. U.S. Supreme Court Case
Press Advisory

PRESS BREAKFAST ADVISORY: Immigration and Legal Experts to Discuss Arizona v. U.S. Supreme Court Case

The Center for American Progress invites you to a press breakfast briefing on Thursday, April 12, 2012 at 9:30 a.m.

***Note that an RSVP is required to attend***

Washington, D.C. — At a press breakfast on Thursday, April 12, immigration policy and legal experts will walk through what to expect from the Supreme Court’s review of Arizona’s state-level immigration bill S.B. 1070, and the legal, social, and political implications of this case for our country.

The Supreme Court’s review of Arizona’s anti-immigration law is a watershed moment for the United States. The decision will go far in deciding to what extent an individual state can engage in immigration enforcement, and what rules a state can make regarding the immigration status and civil liberties of its residents. Historically, state efforts to enforce immigration laws and make immigration policy have been constitutionally barred or pre-empted because immigration policy is exclusively a federal responsibility. The Arizona law, S.B. 1070, and similar measures in Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, and Utah, are, in effect, challenging that principle of federal supremacy in the field of immigration. The panel will explore the legal principles before the Court as well as the societal implications given the nation’s rapidly changing demographics and the enhanced likelihood for racial profiling.


Paul R. Q. Wolfson, Partner at WilmerHale, former Counsel in the Office of the Solicitor General, and author of the amicus brief for Madeleine K. Albright et al. in Arizona v. U.S.

Karen Tumlin, Managing Attorney and lead litigator challenging state anti-immigration ordinances, National Immigration Law Center

Tom Saenz, President and General Counsel, Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund

Omar Jadwat, Senior Staff Attorney and primary counsel in challenges to state and local anti-immigration laws, ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project and Adjunct Professor at Benjamin Cardozo School of Law

Angela Maria Kelley, Vice President for Immigration Policy and Advocacy, Center for American Progress


Thursday April 12, 2012
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.


Center for American Progress
2nd Floor Conference Room
1333 H St. NW Washington, D.C. 20005
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RSVP is required. Please confirm your attendance by contacting Christina DiPasquale at 202.481.8181 or [email protected].