Immigration, Justice, and Crime: Where Do We Go From Here?


On June 2-4 2008, a conference titled “Immigration, Justice, and Crime: Where Do We Go From Here” was held at John Jay College. Speakers discussed issues concerning immigration, including debate over local police enforcement of immigration laws.

Panelists include Peter Smith, Special Agent in Charge, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Julia Preston, Immigration Reporter, New York Times, John DeStefano, Mayor, New Haven, Gregg Ball, New York State Assemblyman, Rep. Silvestre Reyes, U.S. House of Representatives, Congressional District of Texas, Aarti Shahani, Co-founder, Families for Freedom, and Tom Diaz, Senior Policy Analyst, Violence Policy Center.

Access the program agenda here.

Twenty-four journalism fellows who cover immigration attended the conference in conjunction with the Center on Media, Crime and Justice and the Institute for Justice and Journalism. The list of fellows can be accessed here.

Aarti Shahani, Deepa Fernandes, Philip Kretsedemas and Tom Diaz discuss local versus federal funding towards fighting illegal immigration.

Panelists Julia Preston, Peter Smith, Tamar Jacoby, and Eddie Francis debate on whether or not immigration is being criminalized.

U.S. Representative Silvestre Reyes discusses issues in immigration legislation and reform.

New Haven Mayor John DeStefano and Assemblyman Gregg Ball debate over whether or not local police should enforce immigration laws.

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