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Listen: DWN Plenary on 20 Years of the 1996 Laws – Reflections & Prospects

April 21, 2016

From the 2016 Conference in Baltimore:

2016 marks the twentieth anniversary of the passage of the 1996 laws – the Anti-terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act (AEDPA) and the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act (IIRAIRA). These two laws categorically changed the way immigrants were treated in the U.S. leading to an overall paradigm shift. As a result, the scope of who could be detained and deported drastically increased, setting the foundation for the more draconian and harsh immigration system we have today. In this opening plenary we will reflect on 20 years of the 1996 laws, discuss strategies to eliminate them, and consider alternative visions for migrant justice as we look ahead.

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