It's A Panel. It's Public. It's Free.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

No really it is.

The Asian American Center for Advancing Justice will present a public panel on "Fighting to Protect Immigrant Rights: The impact of anti-immigrant measures on Asian Americans" at the Asian American Journalists Association national convention in Detroit, Michigan on Aug. 11, 2011.

Moderated by Rachanee Srisavasdi, communications director for the Asian Pacific American Legal Center, the panel will include Karen K. Narasaki, president and executive director of the Asian American Justice Center; James Ho, partner at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher and former Solicitor General and Niraj Warikoo, religion reporter for the Detroit Free Press who has recently covered racial profiling in the Detroit area by federal immigration authorities. Both the Asian American Justice Center and Asian Pacific American Legal Center are members of the Asian American Center for Advancing Justice.

Panelists will address the as yet uncovered story of the impact of anti-immigration initiatives on the Asian American community across the nation, including Arizona's SB 1070 law and similar copycat legislation, racial profiling, attacks against the 14th Amendment's constitutional guarantee of citizenship, and measures pending in Congress like mandatory e-verify legislation. They will also talk about Asian Americans and the role of immigration politics in the upcoming 2012 election.

The event is free and open to the public, and will take place on at 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 11 at the Skyline Room, Level 2, in the COBO Center, 1 Washington Blvd. in Detroit.