Sunday, May 4, 2014

Immigration Article of the Day: Governing by Guidance: Civil Rights Agencies and the Emergence of Language Rights by Ming Hsu Chen


Governing by Guidance: Civil Rights Agencies and the Emergence of Language Rights  by Ming Hsu Chen, University of Colorado Law School; University of Colorado, Boulder - Political Science April 17, 2014 49 Harv. C.R.-C.L. L. Rev. 201 (2014) U of Colorado Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 13-16

Abstract: This article addresses the enduring question of how law and legal institutions adapt to the changing needs of a multicultural society. On the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, it asks how federal civil rights laws evolved to incorporate the needs of non-English speakers following landmark immigration reform (1965 Hart-Cellar Act) that led to unprecedented migration from Asia and Latin America. Based on a comparative study of the emergence of language rights in schools and workplaces from 1965-1980, the article demonstrates that entrepreneurial agency officials engaged in informal policymaking that expanded on the undefined term “national origin discrimination” during their implementation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Judicial deference to these agency policies facilitated the creation of “regulatory rights,” albeit to different extents in schools and workplaces. Normatively, the article draws on the lessons of the past to recast current controversies over whether to assist immigrants and bilingual individuals and to instead figure out how best to do so.


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My friend is here on a study visa and she wants to move here permanently. She has 3 more years of school left, so she hopes it won't be too hard to do. What is the plan of action that she should take to do this?

Alena |

Posted by: Alenamauer | Jul 10, 2014 3:25:53 PM

If you are an immigrant to the US, can you still hire a US attorney to help defend you in court? I am unfamiliar with how these things work really. Let me know!

Jim Tracy |

Posted by: Jim Tracy | Aug 18, 2014 3:38:57 PM

It would be hard to be a legal immigration office, because I bet the regulations change regularly. It must be tiring to keep up, and there always seems to be a debate. Good thing they have different agencies to help people understand how it works.

Posted by: Doloresbrown | Sep 11, 2014 1:39:02 PM

I think it's really important to make sure that you are in contact with a migration agent, the moment that you immigrate into the country. You really want to make sure that you are doing the necessary things to make that happen.

Posted by: Jim Tracy | Oct 9, 2014 6:50:39 AM

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