Friday, April 20, 2012

MPI Celebrates its 10th Anniversary

 The Migration Policy Institute (MPI) marked its 10th Anniversary with a gala reception in Washington, D.C., paying tribute to several visionaries in the U.S. and international migration arenas. Initially a project at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, MPI a bit more than a decade ago became the first-ever, stand-alone, independent think tank dedicated solely to the study of U.S. and global migration policy and trends.

In the decade since its founding, MPI has played an influential role in the immigration policy discussions that have taken place in the United States, Mexico, Canada, Europe and beyond – providing an evidence-based, pragmatic, non-ideological approach to sound migration management and immigrant integration policymaking designed to benefit all stakeholders.

The Institute’s work has been advanced through the publication of more than 300 reports and books; testimony before the U.S. Congress, national parliaments and blue-ribbon commissions; hundreds of public briefings; and countless private meetings and convenings with key government and civil-society leaders around the world. Headquartered in Washington, MPI has established presences in Bangkok, Brussels, London and New York and can leverage the expertise of affiliated fellows and partners elsewhere around the world. In 2011, Migration Policy Institute Europe was established in Brussels as a non-profit, independent research institute focusing on European migration analysis and policy design.

At its 10th anniversary celebration, MPI will presented the following awards:

Leadership in Public Policy: To former Sen. Alan K. Simpson (R-WY) and former Congressman Romano L. “Ron” Mazzoli (D-KY), lead sponsors of the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act, which was the first legislative effort to comprehensively address the issue of illegal immigration (through increased border enforcement, creation of employer sanctions for hiring unauthorized workers and two legalization programs). MPI gave recognition to the two legislators for their leadership and bipartisanship in working across the aisle to enact a major immigration reform measure with the interests of the country squarely in mind. The awards also serve as reminder of a time when Congress was able to set aside its divisions to accomplish big things in the immigration arena.

Global Visionary Award: To Open Society Foundations (OSF) President Aryeh Neier for his career-long dedication to the protection and advancement of rights for the most vulnerable populations throughout the world, including refugees, asylum seekers and immigrants. In the mid-1990s, the foundation created a $50 million fund in the United States to provide naturalization and other services to immigrants and to build capacity among immigrant-rights organizations. And with the creation of OSF’s International Migration Initiative, the foundation is making a major commitment to protecting migrants around the world. Neier, who became OSF president in 1993, is stepping down from the helm of the organization in July.

Leadership in International Migration Policy: To former Prime Minister of Italy and Vice President of the Convention on the Future of Europe, Giuliano Amato, who has been a leading voice for a more common European Union approach with respect to immigration and immigrant integration policies and was an architect in pursuit of that vision.

Young Innovators: To OneVietnam Network Co-Founders Uyen Nguyen and James Huy Bao, who are using online and social media platforms to engage the Vietnamese diaspora in action for good through the use of new media, arts, culture and social entrepreneurship.


April 20, 2012 in Current Affairs | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Support Undocumented Law Graduates Wishing to take California Bar

Apparently, the State Bar of California starting asking bar exam applicants about their immigration status a few years back. Obviously, this creates a problem for qualified applicants, and imposing such a requirement is unprecedented and likely unconstitutional. 

Click here to sign an online petition to support undocumented applicants for the California bar exam.


April 20, 2012 | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Tax Day: Taxes and Immigrants

It is that time of year when we all are required to submit our tax returns.  Immigration Impact reminds us that many immigrants pay taxes too.  When it comes to the topic of immigration, Tax Day is a reminder that immigrants pay billions in taxes every year. This is true even of unauthorized immigrants. In addition, the federal government spends billions of taxpayer dollars each year on immigration-enforcement measures that wouldn’t be necessary if not for the chronic inability of Congress to reform our immigration system. In other words, there is a strong fiscal case to be made for immigration reform.


April 20, 2012 in Current Affairs | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Documentary on Border Patrol Excessive Force

"Please!  Señores, help me!"
These haunting words were cried by Anastasio Hernández-Rojas as over a dozen Border Patrol agents beat him. Mr. Hernández-Rojas later died at the hospital. 
PBS is airing newly recovered video of the incident in a documentary tonight, Friday April 20.

The documentary, "First Look: Crossing the Line" investigates whether U.S. border agents have been using excessive force in an effort to curb undocumented migration. In a rush to secure the border, are agents being adequately trained, monitored, and held accountable for their actions?


April 20, 2012 | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Will Sheriff Arpaio be Indicted?

Will Sheriff Joe Arpaio of the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office be indicted on criminal charges for civil rights violations?  Read on. Matters have gone distinctly downhill for Sheriff Arpaio since the U.S. Department of Justice in December 2011 issued a scathing report documenting the rampant civil rights violations of Latinos and immigrants by his officer.  Moreover, the ABA Journal recently reported on the possible disbarment of Arpaio political ally, the ex-Maricopa County Attorney.


April 20, 2012 in Current Affairs | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Vigil for Justice and the American Dream: Arizona v. United States

Vigil for Justice and the American Dream has a message on how the Supreme Court's ruling in Arizona v. United States, will impact families around the country, and plans for the national week of action with national and grassroots partners on the case. The Supreme Court will hear arguments on April 25 on the constitutionality of Arizona's immigration enforcement law, S.B. 1070.  Light a candle in the virtual vigil to stand in solidarity with those who believe in equal treatment and equal opportunity for all families.


April 20, 2012 in Current Affairs | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

ICE Prosecutorial Discretion Initiative: Latest Figures

A special Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) program announced last August to reduce the massive backlog of pending matters by identifying those that could be dismissed or put on hold has resulted in the closure of 2,609 cases, according to government data covering the period up to the end of March. The backlog reduction is less than one percent of the 298,173 cases pending before the Immigration Courts as of the end of last September. The stated goal of the ICE program was to better prioritize and reduce the backup of pending matters that had led to lengthy delays in the proceedings of noncitizens it wanted to deport. So far, however, the pace of these closures has not been sufficient to stop the growth in the court's backlog. In fact, as of the end of March 2012, the Immigration Court backlog had risen to 305,556 matters. These and other results — by court and hearing location — are based upon analyses of very recent case-by-case records obtained from the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University.


April 20, 2012 in Current Affairs | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Thursday, April 19, 2012

End Mandatory Detention

From the Detention Watch Network:
"Dignity not Detention" Campaign Resources, click here and here.

April 19, 2012 | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

The Growing Human Rights Crisis Along the Northern Border

For three years, OneAmerica community organizers had been hearing about the fear and mistrust border residents harbored toward U.S. Border Patrol. Residents living in Snohomish, Whatcom, and Skagit counties were too afraid to go to the courthouse to pay a fine, too mistrustful of the authorities to call 911, or too fearful to leave their home to attend church or go to the grocery store. How could they become active participants in their communities if they were too scared to leave home? Organizers interviewed residents in their homes, at work, and in church. We researched and observed how U.S. Border Patrol’s funding soared, its jurisdiction crept further and further inland, and how its role in the community became virtually indistinguishable from local police and 911 emergency service personnel.

OneAmerica compiled this research into a report and, in April 2012, released The Growing Human Rights Crisis on the Northern Border, which truly demonstrates the transformation of these border communities in the wake of the post-9/11 buildup of U.S. Border Patrol activity in the area. The report shares the findings from 109 on-the-ground interviews with mothers, fathers, workers, and students. The majority of stories are marked by fear, mistrust, harassment, and abuse. They are rooted in specific—and avoidable—patterns of practice implemented by the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP), working in close coordination with Immigration and Customs and Enforcement and local law enforcement agencies.

In particular, Growing Human Rights Crisis calls attention to three interrelated patterns of practice:

First, in its own independent operations, the Border Patrol engages in systematic profiling of religious and ethnic minorities.

Second, collaboration between Border Patrol and other agencies, including local law enforcement, emergency responders, and the courts, results in a confusing and dangerous fusion where vital services are perceived as immigration enforcement.

Third, these first two patterns result in a third: U.S. Border Patrol’s behavior and dangerous partnerships with other agencies have created extensive fear and mistrust, leading to community members’ unwillingness to call 911, access the courts, and even to leave their house to attend worship services or fulfill basic needs.

The report offers policy recommendations aimed at correcting these wrongs while still protecting our borders, improving the ability for CBP to carry out its mission, and protecting the safety and rights of all who live in these communities. This report is the product of a unique three-way partnership between OneAmerica, the University of Washington Center for Human Rights, and the residents and leaders of these border communities.


April 19, 2012 in Current Affairs | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

American University Washington College of Law and Legal Momentum Collaborate to form New National Immigrant Women’s Advocacy Project (NIWAP)

American University Washington College of Law and Legal Momentum, the Women’s Legal Defense and Education Fund, are pleased to announce the creation of the National Immigrant Women’s Advocacy Project (NIWAP), a collaborative initiative on behalf of immigrant women and children. NIWAP will address the needs of immigrant women victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and other crimes by advocating for reforms in law and policy and providing training and technical assistance to lawyers, judges, law enforcement, social workers, and policy advocates across the United States. Legal Momentum is the recipient of funding from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women and the Bureau of Justice Assistance to support work on issues facing immigrant victims of domestic, sexual, and other violence. The collaborative work of American University Washington College of Law, NIWAP, and Legal Momentum will be supported by these grants and by sub-awards from Legal Momentum to American University Washington College of Law. Legal Momentum’s Bureau of Justice Assistance funded-work promoting U visa certification and collaboration between police, prosecutors, and immigrant victim advocates is enhanced by a partnership with the Vera Institute for Justice.  For more details, see Download NIWAPrelease.


April 18, 2012 in Current Affairs | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

ORAM releases first how-to guide for US LGBT and accepting communities to support increasing numbers of LGBT refugees

As increasing numbers of LGBT refugees flee to the United States, ORAM (the Organization for Refuge, Asylum & Migration) has released the first ever guide for American LGBT and accepting communities on welcoming people fleeing persecution in their home countries.


Rainbow Bridges, a 48-page guide developed in a pilot project to resettle LGBT refugees in San Francisco, offers practical step-by-step guidance on welcoming new refugees, ensuring their mental and physical wellbeing, and helping them find support in their new communities. It includes sample forms, a suggested code of conduct, and outlines the avenues for refugees to receive housing, employment, and federal assistance.

ORAM estimates the US receives about 2,000 refugees a year who are fleeing persecution based on their sexual orientation or gender identity, representing 6% of all refugees in America. Unlike other refugees, those who are LGBT or intersex often undergo the integration process alone, facing exclusion from the religious and immigrant communities that form the safety net for most newly arrived refugees and asylees. Rainbow Bridges will help U.S. LGBT, faith-based, and welcoming communities support these refugees as they build new lives in the United States.


April 18, 2012 in Books, Current Affairs | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

From the Bookshelves: Immigration Law & the Military by Margaret D. Stock

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Immigration Law & the Military by Margaret D. Stock--NOW AT THE PRINTER!

Immigration Law & the Military is your one-stop resource on military-related immigration issues, providing in-depth guidance on the effects of immigration and citizenship law on U.S. military personnel and their families.

Written by Margaret D. Stock, a former military academy professor and retired officer, and founder of the AILA Military Assistance Program, Immigration Law & the Military addresses immigration issues encountered by:

Noncitizens serving on active duty

Noncitizens affected by disciplinary and court martial procedures

U.S. military personnel who marry citizens of other countries

Children of U.S. military personnel who are adopted overseas and are in need of immigrant/nonimmigrant visas

Immigration Law & the Military is the only resource available that gives you the tools to tackle issues such as:

Selective service and enlistment rules

Special rules and procedures for naturalization through military service

Types of military discharges

Implications of military disciplinary proceedings & courts martial

Parole in Place

Military-related issues for family members of military personnel

Civilian employees/contractors who work alongside military member

In addition to the above topics, Immigration Law & the Military explores common military-related issues through real case examples and provides information on special resources available to military personnel and their family members. Confidently handle immigration cases for military personnel and their families with the help of a top expert in the field. Order Immigration Law & the Military today!


April 18, 2012 in Books | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Welcoming LGBT Refugees


ORAM releases first how-to guide for US LGBT and accepting communities to support increasing numbers of LGBT refugees

April 18, 2012, San Francisco.... As increasing numbers of LGBT refugees flee to the United States, ORAM (the Organization for Refuge, Asylum & Migration) has released the first ever guide for American LGBT and accepting communities on welcoming people fleeing persecution in their home countries.

Rainbow Bridges, a 48-page guide developed in a pilot project to resettle LGBT refugees in San Francisco, offers practical step-by-step guidance on welcoming new refugees, ensuring their mental and physical wellbeing, and helping them find support in their new communities. It includes sample forms, a suggested code of conduct, and outlines the avenues for refugees to receive housing, employment, and federal assistance. Rainbow Bridges is available at:

“There are immediate ways those of us in the U.S. can support members of our LGBT community facing persecution overseas,” said Neil Grungras, Executive Director of ORAM. “Uniting in support of queer asylum seekers and refugees is a powerful way of building community and reversing homophobia.”

ORAM estimates the US receives about 2,000 refugees a year who are fleeing persecution based on their sexual orientation or gender identity, representing 6% of all refugees in America. Unlike other refugees, those who are LGBT or intersex often undergo the integration process alone, facing exclusion from the religious and immigrant communities that form the safety net for most newly arrived refugees and asylees. Rainbow Bridges will help U.S. LGBT, faith-based, and welcoming communities support these refugees as they build new lives in the United States.

“LGBT refugees need a different reception for our differences and culture. If I were not gay, I would have easily been accepted into the African-American community and offered the services I needed; instead I faced further discrimination and restricted resources,” said Buchi Miles-Tuck, a gay asylee from Nigeria who fled two days before he was going to be killed. “If you have support from the LGBT community, you can get off the plane and experience how to be free in your own skin.”

Neil Grungas and Buchi Miles-Tuck are available to interview.

About ORAM
The Organization for Refuge, Asylum & Migration (ORAM) is the only organization focused exclusively on helping vulnerable LGBTI refugees worldwide find safety and rebuild their lives in welcoming communities. ORAM increases global support for refugees and asylum seekers through advocacy and education, as well as technical assistance to people and groups interested in working with refugees, asylees, and asylum seekers. Learn more at

Contact: Ryan Schwartz,, 713.446.3736


April 18, 2012 | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Living Along the Fenceline

Dear friends,

Please help us get the word out.

Living Along the Fenceline airs for the second time on KRCB Public Television in Northern California on May 1 at 9 pm on KRCB Public TV 22 in Northern California.  

Living Along the Fenceline tells the stories of 6 remarkable women who live alongside U.S. military bases. They are teachers, organizers,& healers, moved by love & respect for the land, & hope for the next generation. From San Antonio (Texas) to Vieques (Puerto Rico), Hawai’i, Guam, Okinawa, & the Philippines, this film inspires hope and action.

Through the voices of women, Living Along the Fenceline tells the unheard stories of communities across the globe that live alongside US bases and bear the tragic hidden costs to their land, culture, and families.  It also shows the strength and creativity of women’s activism in challenging prevailing assumptions about military security as they lift up alternative visions and strategies to a viable future.

Please contact us at if you would like to see this film air on your local public television or in your community.

Lina Hoshino
Co-Director "Living Along the Fenceline"


April 18, 2012 | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

USCIS National Stakeholder Meeting


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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will host a day-long national stakeholder symposium on Tuesday, June 26, 2012 in Washington, D.C. The event will bring together experts from government, advocacy, legal, business, faith-based, academic and humanitarian communities. Pre-registration will begin in late May and attendance will be limited.

The agenda and format is intended to provide opportunities for robust dialogue on key topics of interest to our stakeholders. We are developing an agenda that includes:

    A plenary session led by USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas
    Breakout sessions on such topics as:

        Transforming business practices and streamlining processes;
        Attracting global talent and achieving consistency in business adjudications;
        Entrepreneurs in Residence;
        Meeting the needs of our diverse customer base; and
        Humanitarian relief efforts

We welcome your input to ensure that areas of discussion are reflective of the interests of our stakeholders. To suggest additional topics for discussion please write to and reference “Symposium Topics” in the subject line of your email.


April 18, 2012 | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Immigration Article of the Day: The Political Economies of Immigration Law by Tino Cuéllar

The Political Economies of Immigration Law by Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar Stanford Law School; Center for International Security and Cooperation Stanford Public Law Working Paper, Vol. 2, No. 1, p. 101, 2012

Abstract: A largely dysfunctional American immigration system is only poorly explained by simple depictions of the political economy of lawmaking on this issue, blaming factors such as deliberate economic policy choices, longstanding public attitudes, explicit presidential decisions, or general gridlock. Instead, the structure of immigration law emerges from intersecting effects of three separate dynamics — statutory compromises rooted in the political economy of lawmaking, organizational practices reflecting the political economy of implementation, and public reactions implicating the responses of policy elites and the larger public to each other. Together, these factors help constitute an immigration status quo characterized by intense public concern, continuing legal controversies, and powerful obstacles to change.

Particularly since 1986, American immigration statutes have created a legal arrangement essentially built to fail, giving authorities regulatory responsibilities that were all but impossible to achieve under existing law. Implementation has been characterized by organizational fragmentation, with policy changes involving one agency producing externalities not owned by that agency, and limited presidential power to change enforcement or implementation. And the interplay of unrealistic statutory goals, enforcement, and growing public concern engenders a polarizing implementation dynamic, where agencies’ incapacity to enforce existing law tends to spur polarized political responses producing legislation that further exacerbates agency difficulties in meeting public expectations. The resulting process over the last few decades persistently favored expansion in the provision of border enforcement resources. This development is widely supported or at least tolerated by most political actors, even though it fails to address the core institutional problems of the status quo. Beyond what these developments tell us about immigration, they also reveal much about (a) how statutory entrenchment in the United States is affected by political cycles capable of eroding the legitimacy of public agencies, and (b) how powerful nation-states control, in limited but nonetheless significant ways, the transnational flows affecting their well-being and security.


April 18, 2012 in Current Affairs | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Germany's need for immigrants

Germany has a very low birth rate. 1.4. By comparison the U.S. has a 2.3 rate. A rate of 1.8 is necessary to maintain existing population levels. The decline in german birth rates can be attributed to two major factors: an aging population and social norms that led to many women postponing or chosing not to have children. Germans value education and traditionally mothers played a primary role in the education of children. Teachers expected mothers to engage in as much teaching as the teachers themselves. Adding to the presure, the German school system divides children into three educational tracks at the age of ten. Kids that are deemed "smart" are placed on a track that will lead to college. Kids who are average are placed in a track that will lead them to vocational training, kids on the lowest track face a lifetime of low skilled jobs. Because so much of a child's future is determined so early in life, mothers feel a huge pressure not to split their time between helping their children with school and pursuing a career. This social structure led to a drop in births. Apparently things have improved with the implementation of parental leave and more childcare centers but there has not been any changes in the educational structure nor social subconciousness so the problem has not been completely eradicated.
This reality has led Germany to conclude that preserving economic vitality will require an influx of additional workers. Germany has three sources for that additional population: other members of the EU, taping the productivity of immigrants already in the country, and importing additional immigrants.
Germany is the only european country with a growing economy. EU citizens from other member nations can move to Germany legally and obtain employment. However there are shortcomings to this solution. German is a difficult language and many EU residents don't speak it. Many potential workers do not want to leave their homelands. Someone who teaches in Italy where the economy has tanked explained that Italian men for instance live with their parents until they get married and want to settle near family. EU residents who do opt to move to Germany may not have the skills Germany wants or not in sufficient numbers.
Germany could also tap into turkish and arab immigrants residing in Germany. I will get back to this option on another day--for now let's just say its not the perfect solution. The last option is immigration.
Germany created an immigration statute in 2005. It was its first immigration law ever. This doesn't mean that there wasn't immigration to Germany. It just wasn't handled as such--long story my prior suggeted readings discuss and their officials confirmed. According to the immigration officials we met, the ministry drafts proposed statutes, the parliment enacts the law, and the states and consulates interpret and carryout the intent of the immigration statute. (very different from the U.S.) The immigration law allows for asylum, family reunification and skilled workers. The last category has been the focus of their presentations. The program has produced an additional 90K immigrants to Germany. Unfortunately, Germany needs 400-800K skilled workers. As a result they are engaging in recruitment campaigns and have modified the statute to make Germany more competitive with other countries trying to attract skilled workers. "skilled" workers seem to be defined broadly. Often if the salary is over 44, 000 EU the person has a shot at a visa to Germany. An associate degree in the right field, childcare or elder care for instance, may be enough to get your foot on the door. But of course, the question of German fluency kept coming back.
Naturally, we could not learn business immigration in one short meeting and we walked out with more questions than answers, but it was quite the appetizer.EQ

April 17, 2012 | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

ImmigrationProf Goes to Germany: Evelyn's Immigration Study Group trip to Berlin

This week I have the pleasure of participating in an educational program sponsored by the American Council on Germany to visit Berlin and learn about Germany's immigration policy and migrant populations. I will be blogging about what I learn from my meetings with German govermental officials and other guest speakers.
If our readers want some brief background on German immigration laws I suggest reading two articles I came accross in preparing for this trip: Spenser Wolff "Uniting the Volk: A plea for thick historicizing in analsysis of citizenship laws 15 Colum J. Eur L 299 (Spring 2009) and Cem Ozdemir, Germany's Immigration Challenge 30 Fletcher F.World Aff. 221 (Summer 2006). But even with this background and what I expect to be series of fantastic presentations, I am fully aware that this experiece will not elevate me to an expert on Germany Immigration Policy. So please read this entries in their true context-an american immigration expert's reflections on a cultural experience.

The articles I pulled in preparation for this trip seem to indicate that Germany's history, location, economic vitality, and culture have resulted in a modern immigration history that differs from other European countries. For instance the fact that Germany does not have the colonial legacy other european countries experienced means that Germany has not had to incorporate members from former african colonies into German Society. Most of their migrants have been turks and ethnic germans from eastern europe. Also, the European Dublin Agreements on asylum and Germany's geographical location mean that asylum seekers who come to germany by crossing through italy or another bordering nation, can be returned to be processed for asylum there instead of Germany (think U.S./Canada agreement). Its strong economic status, especially during the present Euro mess, makes Germany attractive for those seeking a better life, but the challenge of learning the German language keeps skilled workers opting for other technological destinations. It's experience with "walls," "nationalism," "persecution," and "guest workers" which is different from the American experiece also brings an interesting perspective to establishing immigration policy.

My first day consisted of going to the German Parliment, the Interior Ministry, and trade commission. It should be an eye openig experience.

One last note, I am writing these blogs after a 10+ hour days of meetings so please forgive the poor editing-- EQ

April 17, 2012 in Current Affairs | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Undocumented: Living in the Shadows: Webcast on April 23

Undocumented: Living in the Shadows will feature five young, undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. at a young age by parents or siblings. They will address the question, “What’s it like to grow up in America but not be an American?” and will share their concerns, fears, and frustrations related to their immigration status. The event will be held Monday evening, April 23 and will be webcast at, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Central Time (8:30 p.m. Eastern/5:30 p.m. Pacific). Given the national debate over the DREAM Act and immigration reform, the content and discussion are particularly timely. At a time when so much of the public debate is driven by talk shows and TV pundits, the April 23 event will give voice to individuals directly affected by existing immigration laws and policies.


April 17, 2012 in Current Affairs | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Eric Yamamoto Named Fred T. Korematsu Professor of Law and Social Justice

The William S. Richardson School of Law has named University of Hawai‘i Law Professor Eric K. Yamamoto – award-winning author, advocate, teacher, and legal scholar - to a newly-established professorship: The Fred T. Korematsu Professor of Law and Social Justice. This professorship honors the late Fred T. Korematsu, whose courage in the face of racially-biased World War II government policies of detaining and imprisoning Japanese Americans will inspire advanced studies in civil liberties at the UH Mānoa Law School and contribute to social justice initiatives in the United States and beyond.


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