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Experts list: U.S. Congress to consider immigration

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Rachel Rhodes

Congress will begin considering the Biden administration’s immigration bill this week. The proposed legislation would include a pathway for undocumented immigrants in the United States before Jan. 1 to apply for legal status. Given the tight political margins in Congress, many are skeptical about the future of the bill, but believe progress could be made toward smaller goals that include improvements to DACA and asylum protocols.


Associate Professor of Labor Relations, Law & History at the Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations

Shannon Gleeson

Associate Professor of Labor Relations, Law & History at the Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations

Shannon Gleeson, professor of labor relations, law and history, studies how DACA policy is implemented and the impacts of Temporary Protected Status on immigrant workers. She is also a signatory to the recent letter urging President Biden to create a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants as part of upcoming economic and infrastructure relief packages.

Ian Kysel

Visiting Assistant Professor of Law

Ian Kysel, professor of law and co-director of the Asylum and Convention Against Torture Appellate Clinic, is a founder and director of the International Migrants Bill of Rights Initiative. Kysel, also a former ACLU attorney, can discuss how to bring U.S. immigration policy in line with international migration principles.

Jaclyn Kelley-Widmer

Assistant Clinical Professor of Law

Jaclyn Kelley-Widmer, professor of immigration law and director of Cornell’s Immigration Law and Advocacy Clinic, is an expert on asylum law and policies around the DACA program.

Stephen Yale-Loehr

Professor of Immigration Law

Stephen Yale-Loehr, professor of immigration law and co-author of a leading 21-volume immigration law series, has practiced immigration law for over 35 years and is an expert on legal issues surrounding DACA, asylum and other programs.

Maria Cristina Garcia

Maria Cristina Garcia

Howard A. Newman Professor of American Studies

Maria Cristina Garcia, professor of history and American studies, studies refugees, immigrants and exiles. She has authored several books on refugees in the U.S., most recently “The Refugee Challenge in Post-Cold War America.”

Matthew Hall

Associate Professor of Policy and Management

Matthew Hall, professor of policy analysis and management and director of the Cornell Population Center, conducts research on the intensification of interior immigration enforcement as well as the intersection of racial/ethnic inequality and immigration. He is also a signatory to the recent letter urging President Biden to create a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants as part of upcoming economic and infrastructure relief packages.

Sergio Garcia-Rios

Sergio Garcia-Rios

Assistant Professor

Sergio Garcia-Rios, professor of government and Latino studies, is an expert on Latino citizenship, voter participation, preferences and polling. He led a Univision project to measure Latino voter preferences throughout the 2020 election cycle.

Chiara Galli

Klarman Postdoctoral Fellow

Chiara Galli, sociologist and Klarman Postdoctoral Fellow, studies Central American unaccompanied minors' experiences in the American immigration and asylum system and can speak to how changing policies related to family migration may impact children.

Gustavo A. Flores-Macías

Gustavo A. Flores-Macías

Associate Professor of Government

Gustavo Flores-Macias, professor of government and the former Director of Public Affairs in Mexico’s Consumer Protection Agency, is an expert on taxation and state capacity and can speak to the "root causes" provisions of the bill. 

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