Biden’s Immigration Agenda

Event Recap


T. Alexander Aleinikoff

Director, Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility, University Professor, The New School

T. Alexander Aleinikoff is University Professor, and has served as Director of the Zolberg Institute since January 2017.


Deborah Amos

International Correspondent, National Public Radio

Deborah Amos covers the Middle East for NPR News. Her reports can be heard on NPR's award-winning Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and Weekend Edition. Deb co-hosted Entry Denied, a 9-episode special series from the Tempest Tossed podcast, taking a deep dive into Trump's immigration policies.

Donald M. Kerwin, Jr.

Executive Director, Center for Migration Studies

Donald M. Kerwin, Jr. has directed the Center for Migration Studies of New York (CMS) since September 2011. Mr. Kerwin writes and speaks extensively on immigration policy, refugee protection, access to justice, national security, and other issues.

Daniel E. Martínez

Associate Professor, School of Sociology, University of Arizona

Dr. Martínez's research and teaching interests include race and ethnicity, unauthorized immigration, and criminology. He is particularly interested in the social and legal criminalization of unauthorized migration. Dr. Martínez has also conducted extensive research on deportations and undocumented border crosser deaths along the US-Mexico border.

Melanie Nezer

Senior Vice President, Public Affairs, Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS)

Melanie Nezer is HIAS' Senior Vice President, Public Affairs, responsible for planning, directing, managing and implementing strategies that successfully represent and connect HIAS externally, and optimize its impact. She oversees the departments of Communications, Community Engagement, Development, and Policy and Advocacy.

Cristina Rodríguez

Leighton Homer Surbeck Professor of Law, Yale Law School

Cristina Rodríguez is the Leighton Homer Surbeck Professor of Law at Yale Law School. Her research interests include constitutional law and theory; immigration law and policy; administrative law and process; language rights and policy; and citizenship theory.

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