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Immigrtn & Naturalztn (LAW-655-001)
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This course surveys the legal, historical, and political considerations that shape U.S. Immigration law. The course begins with a history of immigration policy in the United States and provides a brief overview of the constitutional basis for regulating immigration into the United States. The bulk of the course consists of a close analysis of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952 (INA), as amended by numerous laws (including the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act and the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act), and that statute’s implementing regulations. The INA provide the rules regarding the admission of nonimmigrants and immigrants into the U.S.; the deportation and exclusion of nonimmigrants and immigrations; and the treatment of those seeking asylum in the United States. We will also study the immigration bureaucracy, focusing on the roles played by federal agencies and their interactions with the legislative and judicial branches. The goal of this class is to provide students with the basic foundations of immigration law, as well as to introduce students to the administrative state and to methods of statutory interpretation.
Textbooks and Other Materials
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Stephen Legomsky & Christina Rodriguez, Immigration and Refugee Law
First Class Readings
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