The Path Forward: Americans and Canadians Working Together on Migration in the Biden-Harris Era

December 15, 2020 - 12:00 PM (EST) – Webinar

The Refugee Council USA, The Association for Canadian Studies and Metropolis North America invite you to a free webinar on Tuesday, December 15, 12PM - 2:15PM (EST)

While we continue to battle a global pandemic and with the imminent advent of the Biden-Harris era, how can Americans and Canadians work together on migration issues to prepare for challenges to come?

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Welcome & Opening Remarks –12:00 - 12:05PM (EST)

  • Adam Hunter, Executive Director, Refugee Council USA
  • Jack Jedwab, President and CEO, Association for Canadian Studies/Metropolis

Panel 1 – Shifting Policies – 12:05 - 1:00PM (EST)

COVID-19 has fundamentally altered the flows of international migrants and the movement of people between the United States and Canada. The borders between our two countries have been closed for several months and majorities in both countries are not ready for reopening in the near term. The two countries remain close allies but over the past few years the tenor around negotiations over economic and migration matters has not been without friction. With the pending entry of the Biden-Harris administration what changes should we expect in relations between our two countries especially around issues of borders and migration?

  • Chair: Fayrouz Saad, Executive Director of the Office of Global Michigan, Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity, former Obama administration Homeland Security official
  • Doris Meissner, Senior Fellow and Director, U.S. Immigration Policy Program, Migration Policy Institute, Washington DC
  • David Heurtel, Government Relations Counsel, Fasken, former Quebec Minister of Immigration, Diversity and Inclusiveness

Panel 2 – Migration and the Role of Civil Society – 1:00 - 2:15PM (EST)

Both in the United States and Canada, there is a long history of advocacy on behalf of immigrants and refugees. Over the past few years there have been significant differences in tone and substance around issues facing asylum seekers and refugees in our two countries. What are the opportunities for cooperation between immigrant and refugee advocates in Canada and the United States? What are the key areas where we can work together? How can we collectively impact the pending negotiations on the Safe third country agreement (STCA)?

  • Chair: Stacey Simon, Senior Director, Strategic Partnerships and Policy, World Education Services
  • Nga Vương-Sandoval, Refugee Congress Delegate for Colorado
  • Mark Hetfield, President and CEO, Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS), Maryland
  • Marjorie Villefranche, CEO, Maison d’Haïti, Montreal
  • The Honourable Thomas Mulcair, Political Commentator, Professor, University of Montréal, former leader of the Official Opposition in Canada

Closing Remarks – 2:15PM (EST)

  • Adam Hunter, Executive Director, Refugee Council USA
  • Jack Jedwab, President and CEO, Association for Canadian Studies/Metropolis