Immigration Panel


“Our scholarship, our education depends on the free flow of ideas: across schools, across universities, and across borders. When those borders are closed, all of us are harmed because the free flow of ideas stops. Brilliant innovative thinkers come from everywhere and affect all of us.”

Dean Nancy Staudt

A hastily drafted order, fast-tracked through official channels, released with little fanfare near the start of a weekend: The style as well as the substance of President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration and refugees raise concerns on several legal fronts.

A panel of faculty experts addressed related issues before an overflow crowd in the Bryan Cave Moot Courtroom.

Moderated by Dean Nancy Staudt, panelists were:

  • Professor Stephen Legomsky, former chief counsel of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in the Department of Homeland Security, described the executive order and analyzed the legal issues raised in the current litigation challenging that order.
  • Professor Ron Levin, an expert in administrative law, observed that executive orders are not subject to the Administrative Procedure Act, which includes provisions for public notice and review processes.
  • Professor Leila Sadat, director of the Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute and Special Adviser on Crimes Against Humanity to the ICC Prosecutor, noted the “robust legal framework” that applied to the recent executive orders through international treaties, as well as the difficulties in enforcing the treaties.
  • Professor Nancy Leong, visiting from the University of Denver’s Sturm College of Law, offered a historical, civil rights perspective. Leong revealed that a ban on Chinese immigrants from 1882 that was intended to last 10 years was finally repealed in 1943.

The panel was the first in a planned series for the campus community on current legal and policy issues. To view a video of the event click here.