Citizenship & Naturalization Law (LAW-795CN-001)
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U.S. immigration law is often referred to as being “as complex as the U.S. tax laws” and operates in various ways: through constitutional law, black-letter statutory and regulatory law, administrative interpretations, case law, and public policy. The objective of this course is to delve into the citizenship aspect of U.S. immigration law and provide an understanding of the legal and political framework as well as the practical mechanisms that govern citizenship in the United States. We will review the historical and political context of what it is to be a U.S. citizen, the ways in which U.S. citizenship plays a part within the framework of U.S. immigration law as a whole, and the procedures through which U.S. citizenship is proven or obtained.
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First Class Readings
Pages 1 – 36 of Chapter One in Immigration and Citizenship by Alexander Aleinikoff: Immigration and Citizenship Law in Historical Context
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