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232.9 sec. 001 - Crimmigration (Spring 2023)

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


Th 10:00 AM - 12:40 PM
Location: Law 141
From January 12, 2023
To February 09, 2023

Th 10:00 AM - 12:40 PM
Location: Law 141
From February 23, 2023
To March 23, 2023

Course Start: January 12, 2023
Course End: March 23, 2023
Class Number: 32586

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 24
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 24
As of: 08/24 11:03 PM

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 to 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.

This course is structured as a seminar, as an exploration of what has developed as a new field of scholarship, and, this year, as a new field of practice. This year we will hear from several recent graduates of Berkeley Law who have practiced in this space for a range of organizations and in an array of roles. These alums will share the different strategies they have deployed in their attempt to capture developments in this new field, and will address a broad array of subtopics covered by the term “crimmigration.” Your final research paper, which you will workshop with the class, will be another way you may explore particular subtopics of interest.

Immigration Law is not a prerequisite to enroll in this class.

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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