News 2002

October 14 : July 3 : June 7 : June 4 : February 25 : February 19 : February 5 : January 14

October 14, 2002

  • The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) and Migration and Refugee Services of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) invite you to:

    Conference on Government Policies, Practices and National Security Since September 11, 2001 and the Impact on Immigrants, Migrants and Refugees Date:

    Monday, October 21, 2002 9:00AM - 5:00PM

    Location: Georgetown University Law Center,
    McDonough Hall The Philip A. Hart Moot Court Auditorium
    600 New Jersey Avenue, NW
    Washington, DC 20001

    The conference will include panels comprised of senior government officials and national and local immigrant rights advocates. The panels will cover refugees, asylum, border and interior enforcement, anti-terror (including agency restructuring), and immigrant integration issues. To RSVP for the Conference: RSVP by sending an email with your name, organization, and phone number to, or send a fax to 202-635-2649, attention Jon Fremont

July 3, 2002

  • Profiling and National IDs: Security and Freedom in a Free Society
    Cato Institute Capitol Hill Briefing
    July 12, 2002, 12 p.m.
    B-354 Rayburn House Office Building
    Washington, D.C.

    Cato Hill Briefings and luncheons are free of charge. Registration may be done online or contacting Christie Raniszewski by 12:00 p.m., Thursday, July 11, 2002, at (202) 789-5229, fax her at (202) 371-0841, or e-mail to


    *Charlotte Twight, Author, Dependent on D.C.: The Rise of Federal Control over the Lives of Ordinary Americans
    * Robert Levy, Cato Institute
    * Timothy Lynch, Cato Institute

    America's war on terror has sparked new debate over the appropriate balance between freedom and security. Proposals to establish a national ID, permit ethnic or religious profiling by law enforcement, and expand government surveillance of citizens raise a welter of pragmatic and constitutional questions. What is the scope of the right to privacy in a free society? To what extent are surveillance measures permitted within the boundaries of the First, Fourth, Ninth, and Tenth Amendments? If they are permitted, will the surrender of freedom and privacy actually lead to increased security? Join author Charlotte Twight, along with Cato scholars Timothy Lynch and Robert Levy, for a discussion of the answers to these questions.

June 7, 2002

  • Members might be interested in an amicus brief filed in the John Walker Lindh case, arguing that Mr. Lindh is not entitled to combat immunity but is instead an unlawful combatant. Please click HERE to read the brief.

June 4, 2002

February 25, 2002

  • A February 27 Federalist Society panel discussion will discuss the treatment of al Qaeda and Taliban detainees under international law. Click HERE for the details on this program and HERE to read a white paper on the subject.
  • Should Legal Immigrants Receive Public Benefits?
    Thursday, February 28, 2002
    9:30-11 a.m.
    Falk Auditorium
    The Brookings Institution
    1775 Massachusetts Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C.

    Moderator: KENT WEAVER, Senior Fellow and Co-Director of Welfare Reform & Beyond, The Brookings Institution

    ERIC M. BOST, Undersecretary of Agriculture for Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services, U.S. Department of Agriculture
    SHERI STEISEL, Federal Affairs Counsel and Senior Director, Human Services Committee, National Conference of State Legislatures
    MICHAEL FIX, Principle Research Associate, The Urban Institute
    SHAWN FREMSTAD, Senior Policy Analyst, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
    CECILIA MUNOZ, Vice President, Office of Research, Advocacy, and Legislation, National Council of La Raza
    DAN STEIN, Executive Director, Federation for American Immigration Reform

    RSVP to the Brookings Office of Communications at (202) 797-6105 or or at:

  • "They Prayed in Boston and it Rained in Brazil: The Transnationalization of Religious Life"
    Peggy Levitt, Wellesley College

Boston Seminar in Immigration and Urban History
Thursday, February 28, at 5:15 p.m.
Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston St., Boston

Nazli Kibria of Boston University will comment on the paper.

The Massachusetts Historical Society will serve a light buffet supper following the session. Those wishing to stay and eat must contact Erin Pipkin by telephone at (617) 646.0505 or by e-mail at before Thursday, February 27, to make a reservation.

Advance copies of Boston Immigration and Urban History Seminar papers are available. For more information, please contact Erin Pipkin at MHS, 1154 Boylston Street, Boston, MA, 02215, or

For directions go to

  • INS Commissioner James Ziglar will speak at the National Press Club Luncheon Series, in Washington, March 19, 12:30-2 p.m.

For more information, contact Patricia Nelson at (202) 662-7501 or There is a charge for lunch.

February 19, 2002

  • The House of Representatives immigration subcommittee will hold a hearing on February 28, at 3 p.m. (room to be determined) on "The Implications of Transnational Terrorism and the Argentine Economic Collapse for the Visa Waiver Program." For information, call the subcommittee at (202) 225-5727.
  • The Inter-University Committee on International Migration Migration Seminar Series at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology:

March 12, 4:30-6 p.m.
"Connectivity and Migration: Some Implications of Cyberspace"
Nazli Choucri, department of political science, MIT
Center for International Studies
292 Main St., 6th floor conference room
Cambridge, Mass.

February 5, 2002

  • "Re-bordering North America: Integration or Exclusion after September 11th?"

    Watson Institute for International Studies
    Joukowsky Forum, 111 Thayer Street, Room 155
    February 5, 2002, 5-7 p.m.

    The U.S.-Mexico and U.S.-Canada borders are two of the busiest land crossings in the world and are becoming increasingly porous economically and politically. The forum, "Re-bordering North America," will feature speakers from the United States, Mexico, and Canada, who will discuss
    the new practice and politics of North American border controls and the regional integration process in light of the terrorist attacks of 9.11.2001.

    For more information about the forum, see

    Forum Participants

    • Peter Andreas, Watson Institute and Political Science Department, Brown University, and Forum Organizer
    • Thomas J. Biersteker, Watson Institute, Brown University
    • Stephen Clarkson, University of Toronto
    • Stephen Flynn, Council on Foreign Relations
    • Demetrios Papademetriou, Migration Policy Institute
    • Louis W. Pauly, Centre for International Studies, University of Toronto
    • Carlos Rico, General Consul, Consulado General de Mexico in Boston
    • Gustavo Vega-Canovas, Colegio de Mexico; Watson Institute, Brown University; and Forum Organizer
  • On February 6, at 2 p.m., in 2237 Rayburn House Office Building, the Immigration and Claims ubcommittee (Chairman George Gekas, R-PA) will hold an oversight hearing on the operations of the Executive Office for Immigration Review. For more information, call the subcommittee at (202)
  • The American Jewish Committee, Washington Chapter, presents:

    AFTER SEPTEMBER 11: US Immigration in the Wake of September 11

    • Doris Meissner, Former INS Commissioner and Senior Associate, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
    • Mark Krikorian, Executive Director, Center for Immigration Studies
    • Richard Foltin, Legislative Director and Counsel, American Jewish

February 7 at 12 Noon in the AJC Board Room, 1156 15th St. NW, #1201. Lunch will be provided. Cost: $15. RSVP to Lori Ward at 202-785-4200, x26 or

  • American Jihad: The Terrorists Living among Us

Thursday, February 14, 2002
2-3:30 p.m.

The attacks of September 11 vividly demonstrated the elaborate nature of terrorist cells throughout the world and particularly in the United States. In his new book, "American Jihad: The Terrorists Living Among Us," Steven Emerson details the origins and activities of militant terrorist groups in the United States, including when and why they first came to America,
how they proliferated, and how they have interconnected with terrorist groups worldwide. At this book event, he will recount the findings of his eight-year investigation into these networks.



You may register online at For additional information, contact Linzey Powers at (202) 828.6021.

January 14, 2002

  • A December 26, 2001 New York Times article by William Glaberson examined a new controversy concerning President Bush's order authorizing military tribunals: Would military tribunals breach the Geneva Conventions guaranteeing fair treatment of prisoners of war? In the article, found at, administration critics contend that the military tribunals order conflicts with guarantees in international law protecting POWs right to choose their own attorneys, to be tried in courts that are independent of prosecution, and to appeal convictions.

    The following Letters to the Editor, submitted to the New York Times by former State Department Legal Advisor Edwin Williamson and Baker & Hostetler attorneys David Rivkin and Darin Bartram, present a different point of view than that offered by critics in the Times article. Click HERE to read their responses.


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