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Center for Policy Studies
Public Affairs Discussion Group

Immigration Policy and the Trump Administration

David Wolfe Leopold, J.D. - Past President, American Immigration Lawyers Association
Friday February 10, 2017
12:30-1:30 p.m.
Dampeer Room
Kelvin Smith Library
Case Western Reserve University

Dear Colleagues:

Stopping and punishing illegal immigration was the defining issue of Donald Trump's campaign for President. He called immigrants criminals and rapists, said he would ban Muslims from entering the country, called for a "wall" between the U.S. and Mexico, and convinced Republican voters that he meant business in a way his nomination rivals did not. His party's platform adapted his positions, including to undo "unlawful amnesties" such as President Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

He began implementing his approach with his January 25 executive order to punish "sanctuary cities," and his January 27 order, "Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States." Now students from Muslim (and other) countries worry whether they will be safe in the U.S. And over 700,000 immigrants who applied for DACA must fear that doing so made them targets for immediate deportation.

David Leopold, one of the nation's leading authorities on immigration law, will discuss news to date, legal responses, and the possible human consequences.

All best regards,
Joe White
Luxenberg Family Professor of Public Policy and Director, Center for Policy Studies

About Our Guests

David Leopold is the founder and principal of David Wolfe Leopold & Associates Co., LPA. His diverse immigration, visa and citizenship practice focuses on complex removal cases, including trials, appeals, and federal court litigation; employment-based immigration for international medical graduates, researchers, scientists, high-tech workers, engineers and other skilled professionals; representation of foreign nationals at U.S. consulates abroad, including E-1 and E-2 treaty trader/investor visa applications and waivers of inadmissibility; family-based immigration, including foreign spouses, fiancées, and family unity waivers; asylum; naturalization and citizenship; and I-9 compliance audits/employer sanctions defense.

Mr. Leopold is the past president and past general counsel of the Washington, D.C.-based American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), the premier bar association of immigration lawyers and professors in the U.S. He has served as AILA’s liaison to the Department of Homeland Security’s key enforcement bureaus and co-founded the American Immigration Council’s Litigation Institute, a hands-on continuing legal education program focused on federal immigration litigation.

A nationally recognized immigration reform advocate, blogger, and public speaker, Mr. Leopold has testified as an immigration law expert before the U.S Congress. His opinions and analysis on cutting edge immigration issues frequently appear in major media outlets, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, CNN, Al Jazeera America and CCTV.

Mr. Leopold lectures on immigration law and policy throughout the U.S. He served as a Senior Editor of AILA’s Immigration & Nationality Handbook and as a contributing author to AILA’s Visa Processing Guide. For nearly 20 years Mr. Leopold served as an adjunct professor of law at the Case Western Reserve and Cleveland-Marshall Schools of Law where he taught survey and advance courses on immigration, visa, and asylum law.

He received his Juris Doctorate from the Case Western Reserve University School of Law in 1985 and took a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Michigan in 1980, where he studied economics.

Where We Meet

The Friday Public Affairs Lunch convenes each Friday when classes are in session, from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Our programs are open to all and no registration is required. We usually meet in the Dampeer Room of Kelvin Smith Library. The Dampeer Room is on the second floor of the library. If you get off the elevators, turn right, pass the first bank of tables, and turn right again. Occasionally we need to use a different room; that will always be announced in the weekly e-mails.

Parking Possibilities

The most convenient parking is the lot underneath Severance Hall. We regret that it is not free. From that lot there is an elevator up to street level (labeled as for the Thwing Center); it is less than 50 yards from that exit to the library entrance. You can get from the Severance garage to the library without going outside. Near the entry gates - just to the right if you were driving out - there is a door into a corridor. Walk down the corridor and there will be another door. Beyond that door you'll find the entrance to an elevator which goes up to an entrance right inside the doors to Kelvin Smith Library.

Schedule of Friday Lunch Upcoming Topics and Speakers:

February 17: The New Health Education Campus and the Future of Health Care. With James Young M.D., Executive Dean, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University.

February 24: Challenges Facing the U.S. Intelligence Community. With Vincent E. McHale, Ph.D., Marcus A. Hanna Emeritus Professor of Political Science.

March 3: Staffing and Organizing the Trump Presidency. With David B. Cohen, Ph.D., Professor of Political Science, University of Akron.

March 10: Nuclear Weapons. With William J. Fickinger, Ph.D., Emeritus Professor of Physics.

March 17: No program, Spring Break.

March 24: Energy Storage: A Key to Sustainability. With Daniel A. Scherson, Ph.D., Frank Hovorka Professor of Chemistry and Director, Ernest B. Yeager Center for Electrochemical Sciences.

March 31: Merkel’s Challenge: Managing Trump, Putin, and a Million Syrians. With Mark K. Cassell, Ph.D., Professor of Political Science, Kent State University.

April 7: Program to be Determined

April 14: Brazil’s Political Crises. With Juscelino F. Colares, Ph.D., Schott-Van den Eyden Professor of Business Law and Associate Director, Frederick K. Cox International Law Center.

April 21: Program to be Determined

April 28: Putin’s Russia. With Kelly M. McMann, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Political Science and Director, International Studies Program.

February 6, 2017

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Upcoming Events

Are There Any Norms Left? What Clues 2016 Offers to America During the Trump Presidency

A discussion with Clare Malone, Senior Political Writer,, Tuesday, February 7, 2017, 4:30 p.m. Clark Hall Room 309, 11130 Bellflower Road, Cleveland, Ohio 44106. Free and open to the public. This program is cosponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Political Science, the Office of Research and Technology Management, and the Center for Policy Studies.

The election of 2016 was rancorous even by the normal rough-and-tumble standards of U.S. politics. But the hostility between the candidates may be less important than the attitude towards the political system itself which the election revealed and encouraged.

The election revealed deep distrust of the political system and “the media” by many voters. Any sense of shared values and so trust between the parties seemed to erode further. The nomination process showed an upheaval against the “establishment” in each party. An “outsider” President now claims support of “the people” against “a small group in our nation’s capital.” “Alternative facts” are promoted against media that should "keep its mouth shut.”

Trump’s election may be seen as the culmination of a lengthy process of growing anger, distrust, and de-legitimation of institutions. What then, does it suggest about our government and politics going forward? As one of the core analysts for, Clare Malone contributed towards its sophisticated analysis of the election while it happened. Now she’ll discuss what it might mean.

Clare Malone joined the staff of as Senior Political Writer after working on the editorial staff of The New Yorker and a web editor of The American Prospect. As a free-lance writer, her work has been published also in Harper's, The New York Times, Elle, VICE, and The Daily Beast. She is a writer and transplant to Brooklyn by way of Washington, D.C.; Doha, Qatar; and Cleveland, Ohio.

Israeli Politics from Soup to Nuts

A Global Currents Discussion With Nadav Shelef Ph.D., Associate Professor of Political Science and Harvey M. Meyerhoff Professor of Israel Studies at The University of Wisconsin, Madison, Monday, March 6, 2017, 4:45 p.m. - 6:15 p.m., Ford Auditorium in the Allen Memorial Medical Library, 11000 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44106. This program is made possible by the generosity of Ms. Eloise Briskin.

American voters may worry that they have only two parties from which to choose. Israelis do not have that problem.

Depending on how you count, the current Knesset (parliament) includes members of at least ten parties, representing a wide range of cleavages within the country.

As the number of parties hints, Israeli politics can be rather confusing. So the Center for Policy Studies is pleased to host Professor Nadav Shelef for an overview of the diversity and dynamics of Israel’s politics.

There are so many questions involving so many cleavages, such as Jews vs. non-Jews; ethnic cleavages within the Jewish population; how new and more recent immigrants have been incorporated into political competition; the relative weight of economic issues as opposed to identity and security issues; and the role of religion.

This lecture will explain how Israeli politics work and explore the ways in which Israel’s political institutions , especially the election rules and the party system, interact with the two main axes of Israeli politics – territory and identity – to produce the vibrant and turbulent character of the Israeli political sphere.

Nadav Shelef is the author of Evolving Nationalism: Homeland, Identity, and Religion in Israel, 1925-2005 (Cornell University Press, 2010). In this book he traces changes in how Zionism and Israeli nationalism were defined, focusing on questions such as where the “land of Israel” should be; the place of the state within the Zionist project, relationships with diaspora (especially American) Jews, and the place of religion within the state. He shows how these views evolved over time within the three major types of Zionism - Labor, Revisionist, and Religious – as each group responded both to changes in the environment and their competition with each other. Professor Shelef has also published articles in a wide range of journals, including International Organization, Security Studies, Political Science Quarterly, Middle East Journal, and Israel Studies. He received his Ph.D. and M.A. from the University of California, Berkeley, and his B.A. cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania.

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