Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Immprof Maureen Sweeney - The Guest Lecturer You Need

Immprof Maureen Sweeney (Univ. of Maryland) is the guest lecturer you need for teaching the categorical and modified categorial approaches to analyzing whether criminal convictions qualify as aggravated felonies or crimes of moral turpitude with deportation consequences.

You might be thinking that you don't have the money to fly Maureen out to speak to your class. I didn't either. But I still brought her into class with her two excellent youtube videos on these topics. And while I've mentioned these before (here, here), it really bears repeating. These are incredibly complex topics that she miraculously makes understandable.

While we're talking about the categorical approach, let me also recommend Kevin Johnson's article Racial Profiling in the War on Drugs Meets the Immigration Removal Process: The Case of Moncrieffe v. Holder. The article offers a lot of background information about the Moncrieffe arrest - what the arresting officer was searching for that night, what he found with Moncrieffe, and his reasoning behind the arrest. The article gives immprofs a great way to talk about the connections between race, likelihood of arrest, quality of representation when accused, and how all those factors will disparately impact immigrants of color in the United States.

Bring Maureen and Kevin to class. Your students will appreciate it.


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