ICE Director to Discuss Immigration Enforcement at UVA Law School

February 1, 2012

John Morton '94, director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, will speak Feb. 6 at the University of Virginia School of Law.

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John Morton

In his talk, "Defining the Face of Immigration Enforcement," Morton will address the Obama administration's efforts to refocus immigration enforcement amidst the ongoing national debate over illegal immigration. He will speak at 5 p.m. in the Law School's Caplin Pavilion.

Morton will outline his agency's major reforms and initiatives over the past three years, including prosecutorial discretion, detention reform, worksite enforcement and the Secure Communities program, under which the FBI automatically sends fingerprints of arrested individuals to be checked against ICE's immigration databases.

He will also discuss his career in public service and reflect on the challenges of leading one of the nation's largest law enforcement agencies.

Prior to his appointment as director of ICE in 2009, Morton spent 15 years at the Department of Justice, where he held a number of positions, including assistant U.S. attorney, counsel to the deputy attorney general and acting deputy assistant attorney general of the criminal division.

During his tenure at ICE, Morton has focused the agency's investigative efforts on border crimes, export controls, intellectual property enforcement and child exploitation. He also has attempted to concentrate the agency's enforcement efforts on the removal of criminal offenders, recent border violators, those who ignore orders of removal and those who fraudulently obtain immigration status.

The Student Legal Forum and the Immigration Law Program are sponsoring the event, which is free and open to the public. Parking will be available in Law School lots. Morton's lecture will be followed by a reception.

Founded in 1819, the University of Virginia School of Law is the second-oldest continuously operating law school in the nation. Consistently ranked among the top law schools, Virginia is a world-renowned training ground for distinguished lawyers and public servants, instilling in them a commitment to leadership, integrity and community service.

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