Monday, August 29, 2005

Immigration and national security panel discussion

WASHINGTON (August 2005) -- Two new reports from the Center for Immigration Studies examine the role of immigration control in our efforts to prevent further terrorist attacks on American soil. They will be released at a panel discussion on Tuesday, August 30.

The first paper, 'Immigration and Terrorism: Moving Beyond the 9/11 Staff Report on Terrorist Travel,' illustrates how 94 Islamist terrorists used the immigration system to infiltrate and embed in the United States. The author is Janice L. Kephart, counsel for the 9/11 Commission and an author of the Commission staff's report on terrorist travel.

The second paper, 'Keeping Extremists Out: The History of Ideological Exclusion, and the Need for Its Revival,' is by James R,. Edwards, Jr., an Adjunct Fellow at the Hudson Institute and Principal at Olive, Edwards, & Brinkmann, L.L.C. It describes the contribution immigration law has made and can make again in barring and removing ideological enemies from our shores.

These papers will be released at a panel discussion at the National Press Club's Zenger Room on Tuesday, August 30, at 9:30 a.m. The panel will include:

* Frank Gaffney, Jr., President and CEO of the Center for Security Policy
* Janice Kephart, counsel to the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States
* James R. Edwards, Adjunct Fellow, Hudson Institute, and Principal, Olive, Edwards, & Brinkmann, L.L.C.
* moderator: Steven Camarota, Director of Research, Center for Immigration Studies

The panel discussion is free and open to the public. The papers and the discussion transcript will be posted later at the Center's web site, http://www.cis.org .

For more information, contact John Keeley at (202) 466-8185 or jmk@cis.org.

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