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    Public Policy Forum - Wednesday, October 25th

    The Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center Presents

    Is the American Dream over?  Is the U.S. no longer the “Land of Opportunity?”

    Welcoming immigrants to the U.S. has been integral to American identity for 200+ years, part of the “American Dream.”  The Trump administration wants to end the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, toughen border security and immigration enforcement measures, and cut legal immigration. What does

    Hear from a panel of distinguished immigration and government experts about what this means for current DACA immigrants and for our present and future workforce, especially in Silicon Valley, and strategies to deal with these changes in government policies.



    Marc Berman, California State Assembly, elected in November 2016 to represent the 24th District, which includes southern San Mateo County and northern Santa ClaraCounty in the heart of Silicon Valley. A lawyer by training, Assembly Member Berman previously served on the Palo Alto City Council and as the Development Director at the Silicon Valley Education Foundation. Previously, he represented pro bono clients seeking protection under the Violence Against Women Act, asylum in the US due to political persecution in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and has served as pro bono counsel to Spark, a national youth development nonprofit.

    President Thuy Thi Nguyen, Foothill College, the first Vietnamese-American community college president in California. A Vietnamese refugee and immigrant, President Nguyen is the founding board chair of California L.A.W. Pathway, a nonprofit organization that coordinates the unprecedented statewide 2+2+3 CommunityCollege Pathway to Law School program that Nguyen initiated with the State Bar of California’s Council on Access and Fairness. In 2016, she received the coveted Diversity Award from the State Bar of California, given to an individual who has helped diversify the legal profession. 

    Stanford Law Professor Jayashri Srikantiah is Director of the law school’s Immigrants’ Rights Clinic which has represented scores of immigrants facing deportation, including asylum-seekers, immigrants with prior criminal convictions, immigrant survivors of crime and undocumented migrants with longstanding ties to the United States. Before joining the Law School in 2004, she was the associate legal director of the ACLU of Northern California and a staff attorney at the ACLU’s Immigrants’ Rights Project. California Lawyer magazine named Professor Srikantiah one of its 2014 Attorneys of the Year.


                Wednesday, October 25th, Sheraton Hotel, 625 El Camino Real, Palo Alto

                   7:30-8 AM Continental breakfast     8-9 AM Panel Discussion

    Open to the Public

    Pre-registration required: CLICK HERE

    $25 Chamber members      $30 Non-members

    Space is limited so register early!

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