<strong>Beth Werlin</strong> image

Beth Werlin is the executive director of the American Immigration Council. The Council, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit, is a powerful voice in promoting laws, policies, and attitudes that honor our proud history as a nation of immigrants. Over her career, she has worked to protect the rights of non-citizens and to ensure that the immigration agencies are held accountable for violations of the law. She has represented plaintiffs and amicus curiae in immigration litigation in the federal courts and before the Board of Immigration Appeals and is the author of numerous practice advisories. She was a NAPIL (Equal Justice Works) fellow and before that was a judicial law clerk at the immigration court in Boston. Beth earned her J.D. from Boston College Law School and her B.A. from Tufts University.

Featured Writings and Talks

Decision leaves millions in limbo: Opposing viewUSA Today; “: Beth Werlin shares details of a report released by the American Immigration Council, which looks at the challenges and opportunities in accessing higher education and employment for DACA recipientsThe American Immigration Lawyers Association; “Beth Werlin discusses how U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's death might impact the upcoming case on Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) and expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)The American Immigration Lawyers Association; “Beth Werlin offers accurate data on family and children appearance rates and explains why lawyers are so important in improving appearance ratesThe American Immigration Lawyers Association

Beth Werlin on...

Technology and integration:

"We're bringing in different people from different places, we're bringing in new customs, but we're also taking advantage of new ways and new technology to be able to enable us to connect in both very personal ways and as a community. "

The Importance of Family Values:

"One aspect of our current system which I don't think we ever want to lose is the importance placed on family and family values, family unification. Some of the proposals around point systems lose some of that. Lose the aspects of family, that families help you integrate into societies. "

Moderator

Secretary David J. Skorton, M.D. image

Dr. David J. Skorton is the 13th Secretary of the Smithsonian. Skorton, a board-certified cardiologist, previously was the president of Cornell University, a position he held from July 2006. He was also a professor in the Departments of Medicine and Pediatrics at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City and in Cornell’s Department of Biomedical Engineering at the College of Engineering. An ardent and nationally recognized supporter of the arts and humanities, Skorton has called for a national dialogue to emphasize the importance of funding for these disciplines.

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Panelists

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Ali Noorani

Executive Director, National Immigration Forum

Jeremy Robbins image
Jeremy Robbins

Executive Director, New American Economy

Ana Quintana image
Ana Quintana

Policy Analyst - Latin America and the Western Hemisphere, The Heritage Foundation

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Beth Werlin

Executive Director, American Immigration Council