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288.1 sec. 1 - Immigration Law (Spring 2012)

Instructor: Leti Volpp  (view instructor's teaching evaluations | profile)
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Units: 4
Meeting Time: MTuW 11:20-12:30
Meeting Location: 140

Course Start: January 09, 2012
Course Control Number (1Ls): 51221 (section 2)
Course Control Number (Non-1Ls): 50026


This course surveys the legal, historical, and political considerations that shape U.S. immigration law. The course will review the constitutional basis for regulating immigration into the United States, and, to some extent, the constitutional rights of noncitizens in the country; the history of U.S. immigration law and policy; the contours of the immigration bureaucracy, including the roles played by various federal agencies in immigration decisions; the admission of nonimmigrants (i.e., temporary visitors) and immigrants into the U.S.; the deportation and exclusion of nonimmigrants and immigrants; refugee and asylum law; administrative and judicial review; undocumented migration; and citizenship and naturalization.

Much of the course focuses on the comprehensive immigration law, the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952, as amended by numerous laws (including the 1996 Anti-Terrorist and Effective Death Penalty Act and the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act, the 2001 USA PATRIOT Act, and the 2005 REAL ID Act) and its implementing regulations. Although comparisons to immigration law and policy of other countries are drawn upon from time to time, the primary focus of this class is immigration law in the U.S. While much of our time will be spent applying the statute, we will also spend considerable time discussing the historical and normative framework of the law.

Exam Notes: TH
Course Category: Public Law and Policy
This course is cross-listed in the following categories:
Social Justice and Public Interest

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  • Immigration and Nationality Laws of the United States
    Aleinikoff, Martin, Motomura, Fullerton
    Edition: 2011
    Publisher: West
    ISBN: 9780314274281
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: To Be Determined
  • Immigration and Refugee Law and Policy, 5th
    Stephen H. Legomsky, Cristina M. Rodriguez,
    Publisher: Foundation Press
    ISBN: 9781599416137
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: 120
    Note: prices are sampled from internet bookstores. Ned's prices are unavailable at this time.
  • Immigration and Refugee Law and Policy, 5th, 2011 Supplement
    Stephen H Legomsky, Cristina M. Rodriguez,
    Publisher: Foundation Press
    ISBN: 9781599419114
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: 20.07
    Note: prices are sampled from internet bookstores. Ned's prices are unavailable at this time.

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