Karen Tumlin Testifies on House Immigration Reform Legislation

Former Skadden Fellow Karen Tumlin (’05) testified at a June 13 congressional hearing on the House version of immigration reform legislation. She expressed concerns about the expansion of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) 287(g) Program. The program allows state and local law enforcement entities to enter into partnerships with ICE to receive delegated authority for immigration enforcement within their jurisdictions. Karen pointed to Department of Justice court findings of “patterns of unconstitutional violations” under the current program. “As an expert in immigration law ... I have serious fears about the expansion of that authority, and what it will lead to, and what it would mean on human terms,” Karen said.