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232.9 sec. 001 - Crimmigration (Spring 2021)

Instructor: Leti Volpp  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only | profile)
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Units: 2
Grading Designation: Graded
Mode of Instruction: Remote Instruction


Tu 3:35 PM - 5:25 PM
Location: Internet/Online
From January 19, 2021
To April 30, 2021

Course Start: January 19, 2021
Course End: April 30, 2021
Class Number: 32230

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 29
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 30
As of: 05/08 05:45 AM

Over the last several years the fields of immigration law and criminal law have converged into what has become known as "crimmigration," a fusion that has been called a "new system of social control." "Crimmigration" is a phenomenon that relates both to the combining of techniques and targets of enforcement and to the conflation of the "immigrant" and the "criminal." We will examine how the system of "crimmigration" developed historically and how scholars assess its rise. We will study the role of rhetoric, including the use of the term "criminal alien," the way the term "illegal" - when used to modify "immigrants" - has become aligned with "criminal," and the linking of "immigrant" with "criminal." We will discuss the grounded consequences of this convergence, namely the immigration consequences of criminal convictions, the immigration offenses that are federally prosecuted, and the enforcement of crimmigration. And we will consider what might be strategic and ethical responses to this convergence. Students will be exposed to relevant doctrine and legal scholarship, as well as key writings from other fields. Immigration Law is not a prerequisite for this course.

Course requirements will include a twelve-page research paper, in-class presentations, reflection papers, and active participation.

Requirements Satisfaction:

This is an Option 1 class; two Option 1 classes fulfill the J.D. writing requirement.

Exam Notes: (P) Final paper  
Course Category: Criminal Law
This course is listed in the following sub-categories:
Race and Law
Social Justice and Public Interest

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