The intensifying border control efforts by the Trump administration came to a head earlier this year when the authorities started aggressively attacking the integrity of families seeking asylum in the U.S., keeping children in detention separate from their parents. Subsequent legal battles and public debates revealed strong sentiments against the policy, leading to a rare concession by the administration. As efforts to reunite families continue, this panel of three experts examines the psychological, political, and legal impact of the policy on the families, policy makers, and public opinions, asking the question of what's at stake.

This Donia Human Rights Center Panel was co-sponsored by: Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, Michigan Law School, and School of Social Work.

James C. Hathaway 
James E. and Sarah A. Degan Professor of Law and Director of Program in Refugee and Asylum Law, Law School

Sherrie Kossoudji 
Associate Professor, School of Social Work 
Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Economics 

Ann Chih Lin 
Associate Professor, Ford School of Public Policy   

Kiyoteru Tsutsui 
Professor, Sociology 
Director of Donia Human Rights Center and Center for Japanese Studies