Law 165 - Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Hiroshi Motomura

Hiroshi Motomura

Susan Westerberg Prager 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, most recently in the 2016 presidential campaign.  Some of the recent attention has focused on refugee resettlement, national security screening, and birthright citizenship.  Another area of contention is the role of state and local governments, sometimes to shield unauthorized migrants from federal immigration enforcement, and sometimes to assume a role in enforcing federal immigration laws.  The backdrop for these controversies is a set of interlocking issues that Congress has debated for at least a decade without resolution.  These issues are enforcement of federal immigration laws; legalization of undocumented immigrants; temporary worker programs; and reform of the immigrant admissions system.  Given congressional gridlock, another pressing issue is executive branch action to curtail deportations through deferred action programs.  We will explore these topics 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 short papers responding to each session’s readings, and then to participate actively in class discussion.