Strangers No Longer: Immigration Law & Policy in the Light of Religious Values

An interdisciplinary interfaith conference for lawyers, social workers, community activists, clergy and scholars

Fordham University School of Law, New York
Friday February 25, 2005

Fordham University School of Law, Institute on Religion, Law & Lawyer's Work

Auburn Theological Seminary
The Louis Finkelstein Institute/Jewish Theological Seminary
The Center for Migration Studies of New York

About the Conference

The United States has welcomed more immigrants than any other country - more than 50 million in all - and still admits between 500,000 and 1 million persons a year. That we are "a society of immigrants" is, as President John F. Kennedy put it, "the secret of America: a nation of people with the fresh memory of old traditions who dare to explore new frontiers."

Yet we also know that our immigration history is not without its shadows. Some of the "huddled masses yearning to breathe free" have met not a "golden door" but racism, prejudice, and fear. The domestic and international events that have followed in the wake of the tragedy of September 11th have deeply challenged our identity as a "society of immigrants."

Each year the Fordham University School of Law Institute on Religion, Law & Lawyer's Work sponsors an inter-faith interdisciplinary conference and scholars' workshop to explore how religious values might shed light on and enrich a particular area of legal practice. Among other
questions, Strangers No Longer plans to consider:

* The extent to which citizens' religious values and convictions clash with current laws and regulations regarding immigrants and undocumented workers, and the impact of these conflicts on how they think about and relate to the law.

* The extent to which citizens' religious values and convictions clash with each other in the effort to define immigration policies and priorities, and possibilities for navigating these conflicts.

* The ways in which religious values and commitments support and inform efforts to reform immigration law and policy so that they respect human dignity, human rights, and solidarity.

* The ways in which a deeper understanding of religious values and traditions may help to heal increased tensions and division in a post-September 11th world.

REGISTRATION INSTRUCTIONS: Complete this form and submit it with payment to:

Amy Uelmen, Director
Institute on Religion, Law & Lawyer's Work
Fordham University School of Law
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New York, NY 10023
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Posted February 3, 2005