Immigration & Naturalization (LAW-655-002)
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This course is a survey of 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, as well as the constitutional rights of noncitizens in the United States. Most of the class is devoted to a close analysis of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952 (INA), as amended by numerous laws, and the Act’s implementing regulations. In particular, we will focus on the Act’s provisions regarding the admission of nonimmigrants and immigrants into the U.S.; the deportation and exclusion of nonimmigrants and immigrants; refugee and asylum law; the regulation of noncitizen employment; and the acquisition of citizenship. We will also study the immigration bureaucracy, focusing on the roles played by federal agencies and their interactions with the legislative and judicial branches. Throughout the course we will discuss the policy questions that shape the INA and other immigration laws.
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