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Victor C. Romero - 3/21/11

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Who We Are

Victor C. RomeroA native of the Philippines, Professor Victor Romero teaches and writes in the area of immigrant and minority rights. Professor Romero joined the faculty of Penn State’s Dickinson School of Law in 1995 after working in private practice and as a law clerk to a federal judge in California. An elected member of the American Law Institute (ALI), Professor Romero is co-editor of the anthology, Immigration and the Constitution, and author of Alienated: Immigrant Rights, the Constitution, and Equality in America. In addition to his course in Immigration Law, Professor Romero teaches Constitutional Law I and II. Professor Romero has served as president of both the South Central Pennsylvania Chapter of the ACLU and the NAACP of the Greater Carlisle Area. He was also a visiting professor of law at Howard and at Rutgers-Camden. Most recently, Professor Romero served as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in University Park during academic years 2006-2007 and 2007-2008.

"Decriminalizing Border Crossings"

In honor of the late Barbara Jordan's service as chair of the 1994-95 U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform, Victor Romero presented his talk entitled, "Decriminalizing Border Crossings" as the 2011 Barbara Jordan Lecture.  Placing recent state and local anti-immigrant laws in the broader context of the federal government's regulation of our borders, Professor Romero argued that an international border crosser should only be deemed a criminal if the U.S. government can prove that, with requisite criminal intent, she engaged in an act aside from crossing the border that would constitute a crime; no longer should crossing the border be a strict liability criminal offense.  He believes such a change will restore balance to the civil immigration system, conserve scarce enforcement resources in order to target truly criminal behavior, enhance our standing abroad, and help heal our racially-polarized discourse on immigration policy.

Nittany Lion Inn, Assembly Room
6:00-7:30 p.m.