Course Description

LAWS 7615
Immigration Law and Immigrants' Rights
General Description:
Addresses four broad questions: Who is a citizen of the United States? Who else can come to this country? When and why can noncitizens be forced to leave? Who has the authority to answer these questions? These questions prompt us to examine the history of U.S. immigration, the constitutional-statutory-regulatory framework that governs immigration and citizenship law, and the federal agencies that administer it. Also addresses contemporary challenges to, and assertions of, immigrants? rights.

Select Term:

LAWS 7615-001

Instructor(s): Ming Chen

Credits: 4

Meeting Times & Locations:
   Tue,Thu   4:15 PM - 5:55 PM   WOLF 301

First Assignment: Read syllabus and casebook 1-23 (for background), 24-36, 201-212 for Tues 1/17. Posted on TWEN.

Family migration history and second reading (CB 212-224) will be due Thurs 1/19. Please prepare a family immigration history of 1-2 pages and bring it to class. Consult your parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles on the circumstances of their migration and their motivations for doing so. Some of your families may not have very much accessible information on their migration; may have a history that includes thin documentation; or may have remote or broken ties due to involuntary migration, slavery, annexation, Native American roots, or family flux. Simply do the best that you can based on the information reasonably available. If you are a recent immigrant, you may focus on your own immigration story. As an alternative, please provide an immigration history for a prominent person whom you admire.