The Role of State Attorneys General in Protecting Diverse Communities
January 28-29, 2016 - Columbia Law School
According to recent estimates from the United States Census Bureau’s American Community Survey and the Migration Policy Institute, U.S. immigrants and their U.S.-born children now number approximately 80 million persons, or one-quarter of the overall U.S. population. This includes “naturalized citizens, lawful permanent residents (LPRs), certain legal nonimmigrants (e.g., persons on student or work visas), those admitted under refugee or asylee status, and persons illegally residing in the United States.” State attorneys general now face the daunting challenge of carrying out their offices’ law enforcement mandate for an increasingly diverse population. The regulatory and enforcement challenges inherent in this reality can only be addressed with an informed, innovative, and nuanced approach. Reflecting this imperative, this meeting has been convened to address the central issues facing state attorneys general and federal agencies, as they respond to the rapid and fundamental demographic changes taking place across the country.
Below you will find links to the meeting agenda, background materials for roundtable discussions, and biographies of those leading roundtable sessions. Many thanks to the National Association of Attorneys General and Conference of Western Attorneys General for their assistance.