The Changing Landscape of U.S. Immigration Law & Policy


EVENT UPDATE (3/13/2020): This event has been postponed due to COVID-19 outbreak. New date to be announced soon.

Recent numbers suggest that Greater Kansas City is home to more than 135,000 immigrants. Decades of change to U.S. immigration policy have impacted our communities in a myriad of ways.

Join American Public Square at Jewell for our third program in the Donnelly Series, presented in partnership with RISE and the KC Public Library, where we will review recent changes to immigration law and the impact these changes have had on individuals in our community.

Our expert panel will address key topics including the lowered federal caps on refugees, changes in asylum process and public benefit rules, U.S. border policy and the future of the DACA program. We will look at data about the role immigrants play in building communities, discuss the impacts of the changing legal landscape, and take a look at how KC residents are responding.


  • Manuel R Abarca IV, is the Deputy District Director for U.S. Congressman Emanuel Cleaver’s office. He holds a B.A. in Political Science and M.S. in Occupational Safety Management with an emphasis in Environmental Sustainability from the University of Central Missouri, and is pursuing an EdD. in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

  • Dr. Mona Lynn, is an Associate Professor and former Chair of the Department of Political Science at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Her research focuses on political and economic development, particularly how distributive politics and clientelism drive economic development policy. Her publications include a book (The Voter’s Dilemma and Democratic Accountability) and articles in the American Journal of Political Science, Party Politics, and Latin American Politics and Society.


  • Joyce Mucci, who joined FAIR in 2007, develops member and activist support throughout the United States. Joyce uses her knowledge, experience, and passion about the issue to educate the media and public on immigration issues.


  • Jessica Piedre, is an attorney with more than 15 years of experience in assisting immigrants in their legal journey. In 2008 she began working for Legal Aid of Western Missouri helping immigrants with their tax issues. Later, she returned to immigration law and then launched her own firm in April 2016.


  • Msgr. Stuart W Swetland,

    President of Donnelly College

The Changing Landscape of US Immigration Law & Policy

Wednesday, Mar 25, 2020

The Kansas City Public
Library: Central Library
14 West 10th Street
Kansas City, MO 64105

6:00pm Reception
6:30pm Program Begins

Parking Instructions: The Central Library parking garage is located directly west of the Central Library building on the northwest corner of 10th & Baltimore. Please bring your parking ticket to the event registration table for validation.