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RELEASE: In Press Call Hosted by CAP, Experts Discussed President Obama’s Legal Authority Regarding Executive Actions on Immigration
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RELEASE: In Press Call Hosted by CAP, Experts Discussed President Obama’s Legal Authority Regarding Executive Actions on Immigration

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  • Tanya Arditi

Washington, D.C. — On Monday, December 1, 2014, the Center for American Progress hosted a press call in anticipation of the House Judiciary Committee’s “President Obama All-In Against the Constitution” hearing to discuss President Obama’s legal authority in relation to his executive actions on immigration. CAP Vice President for Immigration Policy Marshall Fitz was joined by Stephen Legomsky, John S. Lehmann university professor at the Washington University in St. Louis School of Law and former chief counsel of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, and by Walter Dellinger, a partner at O’Melveny & Myers LPP, former assistant attorney general for the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Counsel, and former acting U.S. solicitor general.

The experts provided an overview of the executive actions and the public debate surrounding them from each of their unique vantage points and concluded the press call with questions from participants.

Listen to full audio of the call here.

Access a transcript of Stephen Legomsky’s opening remarks here.

Access a CAP memo discussing the legal authority for expanded deferred action here.

For more information or to speak to one of our experts, please contact Tanya S. Arditi at tarditi@americanprogress.org or 202.741.6258.

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