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B669 Immigration Law

Description Immigration law consists of the body of statutes, regulations, administrative decisions, and reporting cases defining the rights of aliens to enter the United States, to remain in the United States after arrival, and to secure or retain citizenship. It also includes special restrictions imposed on aliens which restrict their opportunity to secure employment, welfare benefits, or other entitlements, and the judicial response to those restrictions. This course will devote considerable attention to the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952 and to a number of amendments to that act, including the Refugee Act of 1980, major substantive and procedural changes to the INA in 1990 and1996, and more recent modifications that have occurred in the aftermath of 9/11. It will also examine the more important federal regulations interpreting these statutes, and to a variety of cases interpreting the reach of these statutes and regulations. It will also treat a significant number of Supreme Court decisions that have addressed the many important constitutional issues lurking in immigration law. Topics that will be covered include: the exclusion of "undesirable" aliens; the distinction between (and differing standards governing the admission of) immigrant and non-immigrant aliens; the effect of "quota" limitations and labor certification requirements on would-be immigrants and visitors; the grounds for deportation, basic deportation procedures, deportation "waivers" and other forms of equitable relief, and the due process rights afforded various governing the suspension and withholding of deportation, the admission of refugees, the granting of "political asylum", the "legalization" of undocumented aliens, "marriage fraud", the requirements for "permanent resident" status, and judicial review. Significant difficulties faced by aliens who admit to the commission of, or are convicted of, criminal offenses will also be covered. If time permits, limited attention will be given to the following topics: rules imposing "sanctions" on employers who hire undocumented aliens, the naturalization process, and the law governing naturalization, "denaturalization", and other means of losing of U.S. citizenship.

Faculty J. Krishnan

Fall 2017-2018Immigration LawParrish, L.
Fall 2015 - 2016Immigration LawKrishnan, J.
Fall 2014 - 2015Immigration LawKrishnan, J.
Fall 2013 - 2014Immigration LawKrishnan, J.
Fall 2012 - 2013Immigration LawKrishnan, J.
Fall 2011 - 2012Immigration LawKrishnan, J.
Fall 2009 - 2010Immigration Law (syllabus)Krishnan, J.