Law 165 - Immigration Policy in a Contentious Age

Hiroshi Motomura

Hiroshi Motomura

Susan Westerberg Prager Distinguished Professor of Law
B.A. Yale, 1974
J.D. UC Berkeley, 1978
UCLA Faculty Since 2007
Course Description:

Immigration is a major issue in American politics, especially in the current presidential administration, which has implemented or sought: a border wall, an intensification of interior enforcement, a ban on admissions from six majority-Muslim countries, severe restrictions on access to asylum, a substantial reduction of refugee admissions, more cooperation from state and local police in immigration law enforcement, the end of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and of Temporary Protected Status for some countries, faster proceedings to deport noncitizens, financial requirements that would curtail family-based immigration, and the denaturalization of many citizens. These are just some of the more prominent issues. More generally, the past few years have seen an unprecedented level of immigration-related lawmaking in the executive branch (as opposed to Congress or the federal courts). We will explore these topics — and others that will emerge before or during the semester — to understand the current state of things in immigration and citizenship policy, looking closely at history and policy readings, legislative and agency texts, and some empirical research. Students will be expected to write several short papers responding to each session’s readings, and then to participate actively in class discussion.

Course Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

1. advise government officials and  advocates on many of today's major immigration policy debates;

2. analyze a variety of historical and policy-oriented readings on immigration policy issues; 

3. understand the role of empirical and historical research in the process by which law is made legislatively and then implemented in practice by agencies;

4. understand the value premises that underlie core aspects of immigration and citizenship law in the United States;

5. analyze the role of litigation, legislative lobbying, and other modes of advocacy in the making of immigration policy.

Course Information:
​Faculty Term Course Section ​Schedule ​Units Requisite Satisfies SAW
Hiroshi Motomura 20S 165 LEC 10 W 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM 1.0 No No
  Class will meet on 1/29, 2/12, 2/26, 3/11, 4/1, 4/15 in room 3473.