2018-2019 Events

November 2018

Immigration and the 2018 Midterm Elections

Co-sponsored by the Schar School of Policy and Government

The midterm elections will likely have important consequences for immigration policies. The new House can pass bills, alter how funds are appropriated, and hold hearings on immigration. The 2018 election results can also determine the rhetoric and actions around immigration leading up to the 2020 elections. Our expert panelists discussed what is likely to change -- and what will not change -- in 2019 and beyond.

Check out our Immigrants and the Midterms infographic!


  • Delegate Mark Keam, Virginia House of Delegates
  • Theresa Cardinal Brown, Bipartisan Policy Center
  • Dara Lind, Vox News
  • Justin Gest, Schar School of Policy and Government

See the article about the event in the Fourth Estate here.


October 2018

Special Film Screening of Human Flow, a film by Ai Weiwei

This event was cosponsored by Refugee Council USA, a coalition dedicated to refugee protection, welcome, and excellence in the U.S. resettlement program.


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October 2018

WEBINAR Local Action: New Strategies to Build United Communities

Co-Sponsored by the Immigrant Learning Center

Speakers discussed how cities, organizations, law enforcement, and alliances can economically and socially integrate immigrants in their communities. Then experts from localities across the country shared models and practices that can be replicated in other communities. Featured Abigail Fisher Williamson, PhD, author of Welcoming New Americans? Local Governments and Immigrant Incorporation.

Click here for a recording of the webinar and for supplemental materials.

Abby Williamson


October 2018

Fall for the Book: Conversation with Andrew Selee, President Migration Policy Institute and author, Vanishing Frontiers: The Forces Driving Mexico and the United States Together 

Co-sponsored by the Schar School of Policy and Government

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Especially relevant in today's America, Andrew Selee's Vanishing Frontiers: The Forces Driving Mexico and the United States Together illustrates how the U.S.-Mexico border is more like a seam than a barrier. With or without a wall, deeply intertwined social, economic, business, cultural, and personal relationships weave together the two economies. Through portraits of business leaders, migrants, chefs, movie directors, police officers, and media and sports executives, this book looks at the emerging Mexico, showing how it increasingly influences our daily lives in the United States in surprising ways--the jobs we do, the goods we consume, and even the new technology and entertainment we enjoy. Andrew Selee, President of the Migration Policy Institute and past Director of the Wilson Center's Mexico Institute, talked with George Mason University Professor Guadalupe Correa-Cabrera, author of Los Zetas Inc. Together they painted a realistic portrait of the border region that few Americans see. 


September 2018

Terminating TPS: The Impact of Ending Temporary Protected Status for Central Americans in Northern Virginia

Co-sponsored by Global Affairs and Latin American Studies


tps event

Temporary Protected Status (TPS) allows people from certain countries to remain in the United States temporarily if the US determines it is not safe for them to return to their home countries. TPS for people from El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, and Nicaragua will end in 2019. More than 20,000 of these TPS beneficiaries live in Virginia alone. They have lived here for many years, have families, and own homes and businesses. They contribute to the economy by working and paying taxes. The panelists provided insights into how the decision to end TPS may impact Northern Virginia's communities and economy.


March 2018

The Office of Immigration Statistics

with Marc Rosenblum, Deputy Assistant Secretary and Director of the Office of Immigration Statistics at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Marc Rosenblum presenting on the Office of Immigration Statistics

Marc Rosenblum presenting on the Office of Immigration Statistics

The Office of Immigration Statistics leads the collection and dissemination to Congress and the public of statistical information and analysis useful in evaluating the social, economic, environmental, and demographic impact of immigration laws, migration flows, and immigration enforcement. The Office establishes standards of reliability and validity for the Department’s immigration statistics. And the Office develops other immigration-related reports and conducts research at the direction of the Secretary. Dr. Rosenblum will discuss his role at the Office of Immigration Statistics and the resources his office offers researchers studying immigration.


February 2018

Understanding Family-Based Immigration

with IIR Program Coordinator, Michele Waslin, Ph.D.