Fall 2014 Course Schedule

Immigration & Naturalization Law (LAW-655-001)

Meets: 01:30 PM - 02:50 PM (MW) - Room 527

Enrolled: 17 / Limit: 20

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I have posted a syllabus from the 2-credit version of the course to give you a sense of the material we will cover, but I plan to revise it significantly later this summer.


This course provides 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. 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; the regulation of noncitizen employment; asylum and refugee law; 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.

Textbooks and Other Materials

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Stephen H. Legomsky & Christina M. Rodriguez, Immigration and Refugee Law and Policy, 5th edition

First Class Readings

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