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College of Law faculty join discussion on Syrian refugees

December 4, 2015

Flag of SyriaFaculty members in the NIU College of Law have entered the conversation on Syrian refugees.

Both the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin and the DeKalb Daily Chronicle and covered the college’s recent panel discussion on Gov. Bruce Rauner’s decision to temporarily close the state’s doors to refugees.

Acting Associate Dean Mark D. Falkoff and professors Robert Jones and Anita Maddali told the audience that Rauner “has no constitutional authority to prohibit their resettlement in Illinois,” the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin article reported.

Maddali also penned a Dec. 2 op-ed for the Chicago Sun-Times, writing that “the response to the Syrian refugee crisis today is strikingly and sadly similar to the U.S. response toward Jewish refugees more than 70 years ago.”