Monday, March 15, 2021

Jean v. Nelson: A Civil Rights Revolution in Immigration by Irwin P. Stotsky

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Jean v. Nelson: A Civil Rights Revolution in Immigration by Irwin P. Stotsky (Carolina Academic Press, 2021)

Abstract

Using the litigation documents and the sequential storyline of the plight of the Haitian asylum seekers, Jean v. Nelson litigation attorney and University of Miami Professor of Law Irwin P. Stotzky takes the reader through the landmark trial and complicated appellate process to the final United States Supreme Court decision. In doing so, he uses the actual filed documents, asides, and backstory, including the impact of Justice Marshall's dissent at the root of all current immigration law litigation, the guarantee of equal protection to asylum seekers detained around the United States.

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I had a wonderful opportunity to discuss Jean v. Nelson with Sherrilyn Ifill, President and Director-Counsel, The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc at a virtual conference in October 2020.

The year 2020 marked the 35th anniversary of Justice Thurgood Marshall's groundbreaking dissent in Jean v. Nelson, wherein Justice Marshall called for equal protection to apply to Haitian immigrants, and to prohibit the U.S. government from discriminating on the basis of race or national origin.

To commemorate the 35th anniversary of Justice Marshall’s dissent, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. and the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice at NYU School of Law presented a virtual conference exploring the intersection of immigration and racial justice.

 

KJ

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