Policy Breakfast: “Keeping Out the Other: Two Decades of Detention, Deportation and Immigration Reform”
The french-American Foundation organized a policy breakfast with two experts on immigration policy: Ms. Camille Mackler who is the Director of Immigration Legal Policy at the New York Immigration Coalition & Mr. Seth Freed Wessler who is a Puffin Fellow with the Investigative Fund at the Nation Institute and the winner of the French-American Foundation’s 2017 Immigration Journalism Award.
The two speakers discussed immigration enforcement and the history of detention and deportation in the US.
*Camille J. Mackler, Esq. is the Director of Immigration Legal Policy at the New York Immigration Coalition. In that role, she works on crafting NYIC policy priorities relating to access to justice and right to counsel for New York’s immigrant communities. Prior to joining the NYIC, Camille was in private practice representing detained and non-detained immigrants facing deportation, in asylum proceedings, or in family-based petitions. She currently serves as the Chair of the Protecting Immigrant New Yorkers Task Force and the Chair of the New York State Bar Association’s Committee on Immigration Representation. She also leads the Immigrant Advocates Response Collaborative (I-ARC), a collaboration of nearly 70 immigration legal service organizations in New York that was formed in early 2017 to foster resource and information sharing between New York’s immigration legal bar.
*Seth Freed Wessler is an award-winning investigative reporter and a Puffin Fellow at The Investigative Fund at The Nation Institute. He has reported for The New York Times Magazine, The Nation, ProPublica, This American Life and Reveal/The Center for Investigative Reporting. Seth was previously a staff reporter for NBCnews.com and Colorlines.com and has been a Soros Justice Media Fellow, a Visiting Scholar at NYU’s Arthur Carter Journalism Institute, and a Logan Nonfiction Fellow at the Carey Institute for Global Good, and a Senior Fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism. His reporting on immigration and law enforcement has spurred legislative reforms, advocacy campaigns, and shifts in federal and state policy.