Friday, November 30, 2012
Two years ago, I began teaching a one-week course on the ways in which immigration law is enforced at the border. The course, which is co-sponsored by the National Center for Border Security and Immigration, is taught the class at the University of Texas at El Paso. Initially opened to students enrolled at Hofstra Law School (my former institution), it was opened last year to any student currently enrolled in law school.
I have agreed to teach the course for Hofstra Law School next May 2013. Lauris Wren of Hofstra will also teach part of the program.
The program is a hybrid of classroom and experiential learning. Half of each day is devoted to discussions of various laws and policies, including issues related to border enforcement by Border Patrol agents; the detention of noncitizens; procedural and substantive issues raised in both immigration courts and federal courts; the exercise of prosecutorial discretion; and role of human rights groups in immigration law.
The other half of the day is spent doing site visits and interacting with various players in immigration enforcement, including Customs and Border Patrol agents, Immigration and Customs Enforcement lawyers, Assistant U.S. Attorneys, immigration judges, and federal judges. Included in the program is a presentation to Border Patrol supervising officers on contemporary cases regarding the scope of the 4th Amendment in immigration enforcement.
We also meet with immigrants' rights lawyers and advocates, including those involved with Annunciation House.
Overall, the program seeks to offer various perspectives of the complexities of immigration law enforcement at the border.