President Trump has repeatedly stated that his administration is conducting “extreme vetting” of travelers coming to the United States. The Brennan Center recently released a reportexamining what extreme vetting would look like in practice, whether it is necessary given the already extensive system of national security checks for those seeking to come to the United States, and the costs of further increasing checks. This briefing will be an opportunity to learn more about these issues from the experts listed below.
Alvaro Bedoya, @alvarombedoya
Executive Director, Center on Privacy and Technology; Professor of Law, Georgetown Law
Professor Alvaro Bedoya is the founding Executive Director of the Center on Privacy & Technology at Georgetown Law. Before joining Georgetown Law, he served as Chief Counsel to the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law and its Chairman, Senator Al Franken (D-Minn.). As Chief Counsel, he advised Senator Franken on an array of issues including privacy protections for biometric technology, NSA transparency, civil rights, immigration, and intellectual property.
David Bier, @David_J_Bier
Immigration Policy Analyst, Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity, the Cato Institute
David J. Bier is an expert on visa reform, border security, and interior enforcement. His work has been cited in the Washington Post, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Politico, and many other print and online publications. Prior to his work at the Cato Institute, Mr. Bier drafted immigration legislation as senior policy advisor for Congressman Raúl Labrador, worked as the immigration policy analyst at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, and most recently as the director of immigration policy at the Niskanen Center.
Faiza Patel, @FaizaPatelBCJ
Co-Director, Liberty and National Security Program, Brennan Center for Justice
Faiza Patel is an expert on national security and surveillance laws and policies, who focuses on how they impact minority populations. In addition to co-authoring the Center’s Extreme Vetting report, she has published research on countering violent extremism, efforts to incite fear of Islam, the NYPD’s surveillance program, and foreign intelligence surveillance. She is a frequent expert commentator for major print, online and broadcast media outlets and an editor of Just Security. Previously, she worked as a senior policy officer at the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in The Hague, and clerked at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.
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