Leaders in California’s Orange County voted this week to condemn the state’s sanctuary law and to join a Trump administration lawsuit that seeks to overturn it.  That law, known as SB 54, places restrictions on local law enforcement’s ability to communicate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and limits police cooperation with federal immigration authorities. It was designed to help protect undocumented residents from deportation.  The U.S. Justice Department headed by Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently sued California over three pro-immigrant state laws.

Deportation officers, special agents, attorneys, and support staff comprise ICE’s workforce to protect America from the cross-border crime and illegal immigration that threaten homeland security and public safety.  Yet important immigration cases must be examined in which there have been reported constitutional and legal violations.

The 2018 Immigration Law Conference on May 18-19 brings together law enforcement, regulatory, and private-sector professionals to share the latest trends and hot topics with regard to ICE. This Federal Bar Association conference provides a vital platform to share best practices, develop new skills, and create stronger networks in the immigration law field.

As today’s changing political climate impacts the complex maze of immigration law and policy, the FBA’s Immigration Law Conference in Memphis, Tennessee offers a venue for in-depth discussion on of-the-moment topics that are critical to immigration law practice. Early bird incentives end soon – register now to take advantage of reduced registration rates by signing up at www.fedbar.org/immlaw18.

“Ice Hot Topics” moderated by Barry L. Frager (The Frager Law Firm P.C.) with speakers Debbie Smith (Service Employees International Union), Marc Van Der Hout (Van Der Hout, Brigagliano & Nightingale, LLP), and representatives from ICE and DHS will lecture about immigration enforcement under the Trump administration, prosecutorial discretion, and the consequences of recent changes to the immigration law system. They have years of experience working on immigration cases involving federal immigration law.

Panelists bring national expertise and will give a detailed assessment of changes to removal proceedings, visas, asylum, naturalization, motion practice, and litigating these types of cases before the immigration courts. They will touch upon ICE’s removal tactics; the right to a fair hearing in court; fixing the root causes of our immigration system; threats to civil liberties; the legality of sanctuary cities; and communication and cooperation by state and local law enforcement with federal officials.

Attendees will hear presentations, case studies, and panel discussions related to immigration investigations and ICE. The conference provides opportunities to network with industry leaders, government officials, and technical experts.  Attend the FBA Immigration Law Conference to share ideas, collaborate, and expand your knowledge.

Stay up-to-date on changes to immigration law and be informed about cutting-edge subjects and news affecting the U.S. immigration system. Sign up for the 2018 Immigration Law Conference to learn from a large and dedicated community of immigration law practitioners.  Register today at www.fedbar.org/immlaw18.

Stacy Slotnick, Esq. holds a J.D., cum laude, from Touro Law Center and a B.A., summa cum laude, from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She performs a broad range of duties as an entertainment lawyer, including drafting and negotiating contracts; addressing and litigating trademark, copyright, patent, and other IP issues; and directing the strategy and implementation of public relations, blogging, and social media campaigns.