Migration at the Southern Border: Law, Policy, & Myth

Date: Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Time: 12:00 to 1:00 pm

Location: Online Webinar

Cost: Free

Register: Here

MCLE: None

Living on the Mexican border is an important part of San Diego’s identity. From our city’s history to our love of fish tacos, the culture of San Diego is intertwined with that of our southern neighbor’s. In the past few years, the nation’s eyes have been focused on border cities, like ours. And, issues like border walls, family separation, and  the “remain in Mexico” policy have an immediate impact on San Diego. But…. what IS going on?

In this webinar, ACLU attorney Bardis Vakili will present data to provide a better understanding of the situation at the border, as well as a description of current policies being applied at the border, how those policies have shifted in recent years, and his office’s litigation efforts to protect due process and fairness in the immigration system. As an attorney in the ACLU’s San Diego & Imperial County affiliate, this presentation will focus on the perspective from California and the California-Mexico border community.

Bardis Vakili came to the ACLU of San Diego & Imperial Counties in September 2014 after four years in the ACLU’s Orange County office. His primary areas of focus are immigrants’ rights and the rights of youth and children, and he also works on voting rights and policing issues. For his work in the field of immigrants’ rights, Vakili has received a California Lawyer Attorney of the Year award in 2017 and a National Lawyer’s Guild’s Daniel Levy Award in 2008. He is the former director of the political asylum program at Casa Cornelia Law Center in San Diego. He graduated from Tufts University in 1997 and the University of San Diego School of Law in 2006.

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