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Penn Law community responds to presidential executive order on refugees

January 30, 2017

On January 27, President Trump’s signed an executive order blocking refugees and temporarily suspending immigration from seven predominately Muslim countries. A number of members of the Penn Law community have responded to news about the order, and this page contains information on upcoming events, comments from Penn Law faculty, students, and alumni, as well as information about the order’s effects on refugees and immigrants, the legal challenges being brought against it, the response of the judiciary, and the role of lawyers in the order’s wake.

Please check this page in the coming days and weeks as it will be updated as new resources are added. 

Events

Monday, January 30
“Refugee Ban Phone Bank”
Penn Law International Refugee Assistance Project 
11:00 a.m., Silverman 240B
Details: IRAP is hosting a phone bank on Monday January 28th from 11am to 2pm. We’ll have coffee and lunch, come make some calls, let your voice be heard.

Tuesday, January 31
“I’m a Muslim: Ask Me Anything “
Muslim Law Student Association Submitted
12:00 p.m., Gittis 2
Details: Join the Muslim Law Students Association for an open discussion. A student panel will be discussing the duality of being a Muslim-American, and will take any and all questions from attendees. The panel hopes to create much needed dialogue among the student body, address the growing cache of misinformation regarding Muslims and Islam, dispel rumors, and dismantle stereotypes. Any and all attendees are welcome.

Tuesday, January 31
“Day of Action- Immigrant and Refugee Support Phone Bank”
Penn Law International Refugee Assistance Project 
1:00 p.m., The Clock
Details: Please come support PLIRP as we join a nationwide Immigrant and Refugee Day of Action. We will be holding a phone bank to continue calling state and national legislators to demand repudiation of the president’s executive orders, as well as sending our support to the mayors who are standing up for immigrants and refugees. 

Thursday, February 2
“Examining Trump’s Executive Order on Immigration featuring Anne C. Richard, Former Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration, and Fernando Chang-Muy, Thomas O’Boyle Lecturer in Law, Penn Law”
Perry World House
4:30 p.m., Perry World House World Forum
Details: Perry World House presents a Rapid Response Program on President Trump’s Executive Order on Immigration featuring Perry World House Visiting Fellow Anne C. Richard, Former Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration, and Fernando Chang-Muy, Thomas O’Boyle Lecturer in Law, Penn Law. Register here.

Friday, February 7
Forum on Immigration and Refugee Law and Policy”
4:30 p.m., Fitts Auditorium
Details: A panel discussion about Executive Orders, how they work, and the institutional contexts in which they will be implemented and contested. A Q&A will follow for the Penn Law community.

Friday, February 10
“Penn Law Immigration Information & Referral Clinic for the Penn Community”
Co-hosted by Penn Law’s Transnational Legal Clinic & Toll Public Interest Center
12:30 p.m., Location TBD
Details: Penn Law attorneys and law students will screen members of our UPenn community regarding immigration issues, provide information and advice, and offer referrals for more intensive attorney representation when appropriate. UPenn International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) representatives will also be on hand to answer questions.
Three clinics will be offered in the spring of 2017: Friday 2/10 12:30-4:30,with the other two dates being finalized. For questions about the clinic, please email TPIC Staff Attorney Sarah Egoville at segovill@law.upenn.edu.

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