2019 Colloquium Series


October 21, 2019

Merit-Based Immigration Systems

Johnson Center, George's (3rd floor)



  • Julia Gelatt, Migration Policy Institute
  • David Bier, Cato Institute
  • Justin Gest, Schar School of Public Policy


December 3, 2019

Life Along the U.S.-Mexico Border in 2019

Johnson Center, George's (3rd floor)



  • Guadalupe Correa-Cabrera, Associate Professor, Schar School of Policy and Government





September 2019

US-China Relations: How Changes to Trade and Immigration Policy Affect Both Countries

Monday, September 16, 2019


The trade war and immigration restrictions can significantly alter the US-China relationship. These policies affecting the free movement of goods and people can also have major implications for the economy, tourism, international students, and businesses. A panel of experts will discuss the impact of recent policy changes on both countries, as well as the future of US-China relations.


  • Dan Griswold, Mercatus Center
  • Jim Witte, IIR
  • Megan Essaheb, Asian Americans Advancing Justice
  • Sean Lin, Asian American Chamber of Commerce of Fairfax

US China

April 2019

Highly-Skilled Immigrants in U.S. Universities

Monday, April 8, 2019


International students, faculty, and staff are important members of university communities in the United States. This colloquium will explore the academic and economic contributions they make, as well as the immigration processes and challenges they face in order to remain in the U.S.


  • Neil Ruiz, Associate Director, Global Migration and Demography, Pew Research Center
  • Judith A. vanBever-Green, Executive Director, Mason Office of International Programs and Services
  • Hudaidah Bhimdi, Immigration Attorney, Murray Osorio PLLC

Bhimdi slides

Ruiz slides


March 2019

IIR Affiliates Present Their Research: Prof. Carol Cleaveland on Human Smuggling; and Prof. Bethany Letiecq on Housing Insecurity Among Latinx Families

Monday, March 25, 2019



Speakers and Topics:

"Lived Experiences of Smuggling Survivors"

Carol Cleaveland

Carol Cleaveland

Associate Professor

Department of Social Work

"Living with Strangers in the Context of Illegality: Overcrowded Housing Among Latinx Immigrant Families"

Bethany Letiecq

Bethany Letiecq

Associate Professor

College of Education and Human Development



February 2019

Asylum Seekers at the U.S.-Mexico Border: What is Happening? What will Happen Next?

Monday, February 11, 2019


Co-sponsored by the Department of Social Work, Latin American Studies, and Global Affairs

The nation's attention has been turned toward the U.S.-Mexico border as asylum seekers from Central America continue to arrive. Experts will discuss the U.S. asylum system, what is happening along the southern border, and recent changes made by the Trump administration. 


Ava Benach, Esq., Partner, Benach Collopy

Liana Montecinos, Esq., Benach Collopy