Migration policy has long provoked controversy. This course will examine federal immigration law and policy in a variety of its aspects--contemporary and historical, substantive and procedural, statutory and regulatory and constitutional--including the criteria for admission to the United States on a temporary or permanent basis, the grounds and process of deportation, the peculiar constitutional status of foreign nationals, the role of the courts in ensuring the legality of official action, and an introduction to refugee law.
Prior completion of the course in Constitutional Law: Separation of Powers, Federalism and Fourteenth Amendment, is recommended, but not required. The examination will be in-class and open book.
Basic text: Aleinikoff, Martin, and Motomura: Immigration and Citizenship: Process and Policy, with statutory supplement.
Note: The course will meet for nine weeks, at four hours per week, rather than twelve weeks at three hours per week.