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Davenport Institute Hosts Discussion on US Immigration Law and Practice on March 22

The Davenport Institute for Public Engagement and Civic Leadership will host a discussion around policy considerations surrounding the current debate on US immigration law and practice on Wednesday, March 22, 2017, at noon, in Rm SPP 175. Gerald Duty, a Miami-based attorney, will address the questions: What makes an American? What characteristics should be prioritized for new Americans? Should “expatriates” be preferred over “immigrants"? How does immigration affect the American worker? Can we enforce temporary visas? Is removal a viable and realistic enforcement mechanism on a mass scale? Is a border wall a cost effective way to enforce immigration law?  

Duty focuses on international business transactions and regulatory matters, specifically the negotiating and structuring of cross-border business transactions; including joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, foreign investment, distribution and other contractual matters in industries such as banking, technology, entertainment, international trade and media. As part of this practice, Duty regularly represents businesses and individuals with immigration legal issues and applications. Duty graduated from the University of Miami, with degrees in law, international relations, and political science.

Each semester at the Pepperdine School of Public Policy, the Davenport Institute hosts a series of lunchtime Davenport Discussions with practitioners, journalists, innovators, and researchers who speak to students on a wide range of issues from state and local finance to the use of technology in government to the outlook for cities in a state budget crisis and much more. These interactive sessions give students an opportunity not only to hear from experts in the field but to ask questions and make personal connections as well. For more information contact Sarah Axen.

Lunch will be served.