There is a National Emergency at the Southern Border. True or False? (Webinar)

  • Immigration

The American Bar Association Civil Rights & Social Justice Section's Rights of Immigrants Committee is hosting a webinar entitled There is a National Emergency at the Southern Border. True or False? on February 19, 2020 from 2:30 PM-4:00 PM Eastern.

On February 15, 2019, President Trump declared a national emergency at the U.S. Southern Border with Mexico in order to build a wall. Citing the National Emergencies Act, the presidential proclamation describes the border “as a major entry point for criminals, gang members, and illicit narcotics,” where there have been “sharp increases in the number of family units entering,” thus necessitating “the Armed Forces to provide additional support to address the crisis.” 

Significantly, the president issued this proclamation after Congress refused his request for billions to realize a campaign promise: “I would build a great wall, and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me, and I’ll build them very inexpensively.  I will build a great great wall on our southern border and I’ll have Mexico pay for that wall.”  From congressional resolutions to terminate the public emergency to ensuing federal litigation challenging it, experts will discuss legal developments and related ramifications one year later.

  • Elizabeth Goitein, Co-Director, Liberty & National Security Program, Brennan Center for Justice, NYU School of Law
  • Seth Weinberger, Professor of Politics and Government, University of Puget Sound
  • Laura Peña, ABA Commission on Immigration Pro Bono Counsel
  • Engy Abdelkader (Moderator), Chair, Rights of Immigrants Committee, Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice, American Bar Association
  • Contact:
    American Bar Association Section on Civil Rights & Social Justice