Professor Shoba Wadhia summarizes and unpacks the various and meandering iterations of the Muslim Bans, from January 2017 to February 2018, and provides the audience a sense of what is to come. The event was moderated by Bridge Senior Research Fellow Arsalan Iftikhar, also a trained lawyer and former Legal Director for CAIR National, who situates these discriminatory and harmful policies within an analysis of Islamophobia and provides a conversational discussion with Professor Wadhia on the topic.
Professor Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia is an expert on immigration law whose research focuses on the role of prosecutorial discretion in immigration law and the intersections of race, national security and immigration. One of the nation’s leading scholars on the role of prosecutorial discretion in immigration law, Wadhia’s scholarship in this area has served as a foundation for scholars, advocates, and government officials seeking to understand or design a strong prosecutorial discretion policy. Her work has been published by Emory Law Journal; Texas Law Review; Columbia Journal of Race and Law; Notice & Comment, Yale Journal on Regulation; Harvard Latino Law Review; Connecticut Public Interest Law Journal; Georgetown Immigration Law Journal; and Howard Law Journal, among others and also cited to by federal court judges. Her book, Beyond Deportation: The Role of Prosecutorial Discretion in Immigration Cases, was published by New York University Press and is new in paperback in 2017.
Arsalan Iftikhar is an American human rights lawyer, global media commentator and author of the book SCAPEGOATS: How Islamophobia Helps Our Enemies & Threatens Our Freedoms.