Monday, January 31, 2022

WES: Canada’s Enduring Appeal to Prospective Immigrants in the Face of COVID-19

In 2017, I became fascinated by the question of how the election of Donald Trump would affect our country's ability to attract and retain international students. My empirical paper on the topic (Opportunities & Anxieties: A Study of International Students in the Trump Era) came out the following year.

At the time of researching and writing that piece, I was living in North Dakota, and a significant percentage of my law students were Canadian citizens. Thus, it was very apparent to me that migrants dissatisfied with our country's political climate had a very real and very nearby alternative option: Canada.

With this background, you can understand my absolute fascination with this recent report from World Education Services--Canada’s Enduring Appeal to Prospective Immigrants in the Face of COVID-19. Because while Trump has come and gone in the years since my 2018 article, U.S. immigration hasn't exactly normalized. One big and continuing monkey in the works has been Covid. And you know what else hasn't changed? Canadian awesomeness.

Here are some of the report's key findings:

Interest in immigrating to Canada remains high. Survey results show no decrease since 2020 in respondents’ interest in immigrating. Between 2020 and 2021, the proportion of respondents who indicated that the pandemic would have no impact on their immigration plans rose from 48.3% to 51.5%. In both years, the proportion of respondents who indicated that the pandemic would either have “no impact” or make them “more interested” was over 90%.

Respondents anticipate a positive impact on the availability of jobs in their occupation/sector in Canada.The proportion of respondents who expected that the pandemic would negatively impact job availability in Canada decreased from 45% to 33% year over year, while those who expected a positive impact rose from 27% in 2020 to 35% in 2021.

A positive perception of the ability of the government and health care system in Canada to manage the pandemic is having a positive impact on interest in immigrating. Fifty-eight percent (58%) of respondents indicated that they were more interested in immigrating to Canada because of the ability of the CanadianGovernmentandhealthcaresystemtomanagethepandemicandcareforCOVID-19patients.


January 31, 2022 in Data and Research | Permalink | Comments (0)

Race, Sovereignty, and Immigrant Justice Conference

Race, Sovereignty, and Immigrant Justice

Thursday and Friday, February 3-4, 2022

Register for both days now on Eventbrite:   

Thursday Registration

Friday Registration

This event will serve as a celebration of the establishment of the University of Maryland Chacón Center for Immigrant Justice. The Chacón Center is dedicated to creating a future where all Maryland families and residents can build a good life and participate fully in our communities regardless of immigration status, race, or economics.

The symposium will feature 2022 Gerber Lectures from Professor E. Tendayi Achiume, the inaugural Alicia Miñana Chair in Law at UCLA School of Law and the UN Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia, and Related Intolerance on Thursday (2/3) evening at 5:30 pm, and Dean Jaya Ramji-Nogales, Associate Dean for Research and I. Herman Stern Research Professor at Temple University Beasley School of Law on Friday (2/4) afternoon at 1:30 pm. 

In addition to the keynote lectures, the symposium will feature panel discussions broken down into three distinct but intertwined perspectives. First, the symposium will explore the legal doctrine and history behind the treatment of immigration and race (Friday at 9am). Second, we will discuss immigration, race, and criminal law as they pertain to immigrant rights in an era of mass incarceration (Friday at 11am). Finally, we will engage with those on the front lines of immigration practice who know first-hand the struggle for racial justice in American immigration law (Friday at 3pm).

Panelists include:

Professor Karla McKanders, Georgia State University

Professor K-Sue Park, Georgetown University

Professor Hiroshi Motomura, University of California Los Angeles

Professor Jennifer Chacon, University of California Berkeley

Professor Eisha Jain, University of North Carolina

Professor Yolanda Vázquez, University of Cincinnati

Professor Amelia Wilson, Columbia University

Kara Hartzler, Esq., Federal Defender

Professor Benjamin Gonzalez-O’Brien, San Diego State University

Gabriela Kahrl, Esq., Associate Director Chacón Center for Immigrant Justice

Barry Dalin, Maryland Carey Law alum ‘18

Maryland Carey Immigration Clinic client

The Maryland Journal of International Law and the Chacón Center for Immigrant Justice invite you to join us as we explore these important topics.


January 31, 2022 in Conferences and Call for Papers, Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0)

AB 1259 Extends Post-Conviction Relief to Trial Convictions in California That Lack Immigration Advisal

On January 1, 2022, AB 1259 became effective in California. This new law amends California Penal Code § 1473.7 to allow noncitizens to seek post-conviction relief on certain trial convictions. Previously, in 2016, the California legislature passed 1473.7 which created a post-conviction relief mechanism to vacate certain prior convictions. The law allowed noncitizens to vacate convictions when there was a “prejudicial error damaging the moving party’s ability to meaningfully understand, defend against, or knowingly accept the actual or potential adverse immigration consequences." Whereas before the law only applied to guilty pleas, after the recent amendment, it now applies to cases that went to trial.

This and other California laws have sought to implement the 2010 landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision in Padilla v. Kentucky which found that the Sixth Amendment demands accurate advice from defense counsel on the immigration consequences that flow from a criminal conviction.



January 31, 2022 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0)

From the Bookshelves: No One is Illegal: Fighting Racism and State Violence on the U.S.-Mexico Border by Justin Akers  Chacón and Mike Davis


The publisher's blurb about the book:

"Countering the chorus of anti-immigrant voices that have grown increasingly loud in the current political moment, No One is Illegal exposes the racism of anti-immigration vigilantes and puts a human face on the immigrants who risk their lives to cross the border to work in the United States.

This second edition has a new introduction to frame the analysis of the struggle for immigrant rights and the roots of the backlash."


January 31, 2022 in Books, Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0)

Sunday, January 30, 2022

Poetry Break: Villagers by Ari Banias


by Aria Banias (from his book Anybody: Poems)

boxes taped up and up then tied with twine | addressed on every side | in that careful longhand taught on other continents | they looked like mail bombs | going round and round the carousel | in a regional anxiety | stinking barrel of sheep’s cheese beaded in sweat | olive oil tin wrapped in much plastic | each printed letter a rounded separate bundle | standing on its own | the sore thumbs of my parents’ immigrant luggage at the United terminal | a friend who doesn’t speak at airports | except when spoken to | word for home that could also mean journey | or never-arrived | at the baggage claim | a person waits in a t-shirt printed with English words | whose arrangement is nonsensical | and it doesn’t matter | that what matters is far | while right here at any moment—  | no one need remind anyone | tether that | suitcases duffels packages | taped and bound so emphatically they look like total crap| what matters is the words are undeniably English | anyone can tell you this | is why the shirt exists | tether that to this | anyone whose intimate particular knowledge lives | with a line drawn through it | “they were a simple people” | my mother often said | from whom she untethers | and bundles into packages | all taut with twine and sends away | at the carousel on which they circulate | printed with her surname | she could | and might refuse them | that “they were a simple—” | was the sort of thing that sparked in me a rage | which I am only now beginning to draw a line through | line I wish to repeople myself | on the other side of | with a friend | a dear friend | who | doesn’t speak at airports unless spoken to


January 30, 2022 in Books | Permalink | Comments (0)

Saturday, January 29, 2022

Eight States Challenge President Biden's Reinstatement of the Central American Minors Refugee and Parole Program


Official photo of the Office of the Texas Attorney General

The Biden administration has been looking for ways of regularizing migration from Central America and undoing some of President Trump's policy measures.  

A similar phenomenon occurred during the Trump years.  When he was California Attorney General, Xavier Becerra, now President Biden's Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, sued the Trump administration, challenging its immigration and other policies.  Now the Biden administration is getting a taste of that medicine.

Erin Brady for Newsweek reports that 

"Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has launched his twentieth lawsuit against the administration of President Joe Biden, and it has the backing of seven other states.

The lawsuit is against the reinstatement of the Central American Minors Refugee and Parole Program, otherwise known as CAM. With the policy put back into place after being repealed by former President Donald Trump, it will allow certain minors from Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala into the United States and will be put onto the path of permanent citizenship."

This press release from Texas Attorney General described the lawsuit as follows:

"Attorney General Ken Paxton announced that he, along with seven other state attorneys general, filed a lawsuit against the Biden Administration for its abuse of the Central American Minors (CAM) Refugee and Parole Program.

The CAM program provides certain aliens in the United States the ability to secure protected status after entering the country illegally. Then, the aliens can petition the government to bring in extended family members from Honduras, El Salvador, or Guatemala. There is no authority in federal law for this sort of program.

`The Biden Administration has sown nothing but disaster for our country through its illegal, unconstitutional immigration policies,' Attorney General Paxton said. `Biden’s latest round of flagrant law-breaking includes his Central American Minors Program, which has contributed significantly to many states being forced to take in even more aliens. My fellow attorneys general and I are suing to stop it.'

In addition to its abuse of the CAM program, the Biden Administration has, since it came to power a year ago, attempted to freeze deportations, stop border wall construction, cease arrests and deportations of broad categories of aliens, and terminate the Remain-in-Mexico program. Attorney General Paxton has sued Biden on all these matters—and more.

The states joining Texas are Arkansas, Alaska, Florida, Indiana, Missouri, Montana, and Oklahoma.

To read the complaint click here."


January 29, 2022 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (1)

Friday, January 28, 2022

TRAC Updates Immigrant Detention Quick Facts Tools

(28 Jan 2022) New data available in TRAC's immigrant detention Quick Facts tool shows that the number of people enrolled in ICE's 'alternatives to detention' program has reached nearly 165,000 people, nearly double the number of people from the beginning of the Biden administration when that number stood at 87,000. This is related, in part, to the fact that the total number of people ICE detains on a daily basis has not increased, but remained steady at around 22,000 since the start of the fiscal year in October 2021.

The Transactional Research Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) a research organization at Syracuse University created 'Quick Facts' tools to provide a user-friendly way to see the most updated data available on immigrant detention and the immigration courts. The tools include easy-to-understand data in context and provide quotable descriptions.

Highlights from data updated today on the immigration detention system provided by show that:

  • Immigration and Customs Enforcement held 20,886 in ICE detention according to data current as of January 16, 2022.
  • 15,502 out of 20,886—or 74.2%—held in ICE detention have no criminal record, according to data current as of January 16, 2022. Many more have only minor offenses, including traffic violations.
  • ICE relied on detention facilities in Texas to house the most people during FY 2022, according to data current as of January 10, 2022.
  • ICE arrested 3,683 and CBP arrested 26,776 of the 30,459 people booked into detention by ICE during December 2021.
  • Stewart Detention Center in Lumpkin, Georgia held the largest number of ICE detainees so far in FY 2022, averaging 1,183 per day (as of January 2022).
  • ICE Alternatives to Detention (ATD) programs are currently monitoring 164,391 families and single individuals, according to data current as of January 15, 2022.
  • San Francisco's area office has the highest number in ICE's Alternatives to Detention (ATD) monitoring programs, according to data current as of January 15, 2022.

For more information, see TRAC's Quick Facts tools here or click here to learn more about TRAC's entire suite of immigration tools.

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January 28, 2022 in Data and Research | Permalink | Comments (0)

From The Bookshelves: Ha Jin's A Free Life and The Writer as Migrant


A Free Life is a 2007 novel by Ha Jin. Here's the pitch:

[The book] follows the Wu family — father Nan, mother Pingping, and son Taotao — as they sever their ties with China in the aftermath of the 1989 massacre at Tiananmen Square and begin a new life in the United States. As Nan takes on a number of menial jobs, eventually operating a restaurant with Pingping, he struggles to adapt to the American way of life and to hold his family together, even as he pines for a woman he loved and lost in his youth. Ha Jin's prodigious talents are in full force as he brilliantly brings to life the struggles and successes of the contemporary immigrant experience.

Immprofs might also be interested in Jin's 2009 nonfiction work: The Writer as Migrant.

As a teenager during China’s Cultural Revolution, Ha Jin served as an uneducated soldier in the People’s Liberation Army. Thirty years later, a resident of the United States, he won the National Book Award for his novel Waiting, completing a trajectory that has established him as one of the most admired exemplars of world literature.

Ha Jin’s journey raises rich and fascinating questions about language, migration, and the place of literature in a rapidly globalizing world—questions that take center stage in The Writer as Migrant, his first work of nonfiction. Consisting of three interconnected essays, this book sets Ha Jin’s own work and life alongside those of other literary exiles, creating a conversation across cultures and between eras. He employs the cases of Alexander Solzhenitsyn and Chinese novelist Lin Yutang to illustrate the obligation a writer feels to the land of his birth, while Joseph Conrad and Vladimir Nabokov—who, like Ha Jin, adopted English for their writing—are enlisted to explore a migrant author’s conscious choice of a literary language. A final essay draws on V. S. Naipaul and Milan Kundera to consider the ways in which our era of perpetual change forces a migrant writer to reconceptualize the very idea of home. Throughout, Jin brings other celebrated writers into the conversation as well, including W. G. Sebald, C. P. Cavafy, and Salman Rushdie—refracting and refining the very idea of a literature of migration.

Simultaneously a reflection on a crucial theme and a fascinating glimpse at the writers who compose Ha Jin’s mental library, The Writer as Migrant is a work of passionately engaged criticism, one rooted in departures but feeling like a new arrival.

Jin is a prolific writer. You can find a list of other works at this link, including more books with immigration angles like The Boat Rocker, A Map of Betrayal, and A Good Fall (my first read of his).

I'm starting to think this should've been styled as "immigrant of the day" instead of "from the bookshelves"! In which case, Ha Jin (pen name of Xuefei Jin) was born in China. He came to the United States to study and, while here, the events of Tiananmen Square happened, and Jin never returned. Instead, Jin became a professor of creative writing, first at Emory and then Boston U, where he still works today. He became a U.S. citizen in 1997, and we are darn lucky to have him.


January 28, 2022 in Books | Permalink | Comments (0)

The Disillusionment of a Young Biden Official


Official White House Photo

This New Yorker article (The Disillusionment of a Young Biden Official0 has some interesting insights into who is calling the shots on immigration in the Biden administration.  Here is one:

"According to three current and former Administration officials, the resistance to easing Trump-era restrictions came from the very top of the White House chain of command: Ron Klain, the chief of staff; Susan Rice, the head of the Domestic Policy Council; and Jake Sullivan, the national-security adviser. `None of them is an immigration expert,' one of the officials told me. `The immigration experts who were brought in—all those people are not the ones controlling the policy direction. That should tell you something right there. The ones who are at the highest level are political people.'”

Food for thought if one thinks that the Biden administration is not doing enough on immigration.


January 28, 2022 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0)

MPI Honors the Life of Dr. Demetrios Papademetriou


Dr. Demetrios G. Papademetriou, president emeritus and co-founder of Migration Policy Institute, and founding president of MPI Europe,  died Wednesday, January 26, at the age of 75. He was one of the world's pre-eminent scholars and lecturers on international migration, with a rich body of scholarship shared in more than 275 books, research reports, articles and other publications. He also advised numerous governments, international organizations, civil society groups and grant-making organizations around the world on immigration and immigrant integration issues.

Papademetriou began his career as Executive Editor of the International Migration Review. After stints at Population Associates International and the U.S. Labor Department, he served as Chair of the Migration Group of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. He then joined the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace's International Migration Policy Program, which in 2001 was spun off to create the freestanding Migration Policy Institute.

He co-founded Metropolis: An International Forum for Research and Policy on Migration and Cities, which he led as International Chair for the initiative's first five years and then served as International Chair Emeritus. He was Chair of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Migration (2009-11) and founding Chair of the Advisory Board of the Open Society Foundations' International Migration Initiative (2010-15).

Papademetriou, who traveled the world lecturing and speaking at public conferences and private roundtables, also taught at the University of Maryland, Duke University, American University and the New School for Social Research.


January 28, 2022 in Current Affairs, Data and Research | Permalink | Comments (0)

Immigration "Controversy" over "Secret" Resettlement Flights



Attacks from the right on President Biden's immigration policies -- often dismissed as "open borders" policies -- continue.  

Fox News and the New York Post are again stirring the pot on immigration.  Here is the story getting some play:

"Leaked video shows migrants being transported on secret charter flights under the cover of night from southern border states to Westchester, New York. 

`The government is betraying the American people,' a federal contractor told a Westchester County police officer in a conversation recorded on the officer’s body camera on the tarmac of a Westchester airport on Aug. 13, 2021. 

The footage was obtained via a Freedom of Information Act . . . . "

Expect the expressions of outrage to continue.  See here, here, here.  We will see how the Biden administration responds to the resettlement flights.



Tenney (R-NY) is a member of Congress. 


January 28, 2022 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, January 27, 2022

Your Playlist: Scott Ainslie

The Land That I Love by Scott Ainslie explores themes of the push/pull factors leading folks to enter into the United States without authorization.

For example, the chorus cries: "If it weren’t for low wages – I’d be living there still."

Verse two tackles the crossing itself:

So, we paid the coyotes. We rode in the van.
We walked in the desert; lost in this land.
Her feet were so blistered – that she could not go on.
When I left her I kissed her. When I came back, she was gone.

You can read about Scott's journey to writing this song at this link. It's dedicated to "Grecia Cruz, who crossed into the Tohono O’odham Reservation desert and was lost June 23, 2007." Ainslie hopes that listeners will "be moved to learn more about NAFTA and the role that US trade policies and globalization play in manipulating labor on both sides of our southern border and in creating the pressing needs that are driving immigration."


January 27, 2022 in Music | Permalink | Comments (0)

Justice Stephen Breyer Announces Retirement


Photo courtesy of U.S. Supreme Court website

The big Supreme Court news yesterday was Justice Stephen Breyer's announcement of his decision to retire and that President Biden will have the opportunity to nominate a replacement. 

In my mind, one of Justice Breyer's memorable immigration opinions is his majority opinion in Zadvydas v. Davis (2001), which reasoned that the prospect of indefinite detention of a noncitizen would raise "serious" constitutional questions.  He wrote "[b]ased on our conclusion that indefinite detention of aliens . . . .would raise serious constitutional concerns, we construe the statute to contain an implicit `reasonable time' limitation, the application of which is subject to federal-court review."  Contrary to the teachings of the plenary power doctrine, which directs the courts to defer to the immigration judgments of the President and Congress, Justice Breyer did not show special deference to the U.S. government's immigration decisions.  

As immigration scholars know, Zadvydas is in tension with the Court's subsequent decision in Demore v. Kim (2003), in which Chief Justice Rehnquist was considerably more deferential to the U.S. government's immigration detention decisions.  The dueling decisions continue to be invoked in the immigrant detention cases coming before the Court, including in a pair of cases argued earlier this month.  

In the next few weeks, the ImmigrationProf blog will offer a closer look at Justice Breyer's immigration opinions.  Stay tuned.


January 27, 2022 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, January 26, 2022

TIME Covers Problems Afghans Face With US Immigration System


The United States evacuated more than 100,000 people from Afghanistan following the Taliban's takeover of the country. Tens of thousands have be resettled in the United States. That's a wonderful thing. Unfortunately, as TIME magazine reports, "America's Broken Immigration Bureaucracy" is failing both Afghans who have resettled here as well as those who fled Afghanistan but haven't yet made it stateside.

The article starts with the story of one man who made it to the United States from Afghanistan. His daughter and wife did not; they're in Turkey. He has sought to have them admitted via humanitarian parole. Those applications were denied. Twice.

The Biden administration encouraged Afghanis, and their advocates, to seek humanitarian parole given the lengthy hoops otherwise required for processing the SIV and asylum applications that might also gain them a foothold in the country. Yet the humanitarian parole process has pretty much failed:

"Since July 2021, the agency has received more than 40,000 humanitarian parole applications; as of Jan. 12, the agency had “conditionally approved” roughly 145 and rejected 560, according to data provided by USCIS."

TIME squarely places blame at the feet of our nation's immigration system, which it characterizes as "kludgy and understaffed." (Note to self: Use "kludgy" more.)


January 26, 2022 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0)

Center for DREAMers provides holistic support for DACA students


Clinical Professor and Director of the Immigrant Justice Clinic at the Law School Erin Barbato,

Immigration Courtside tipped me off to some law school news.

The Gargoyle, the University of Wisconsin Law Schoo's alumni magazine, reports that

"The UW Law School launched a new center to support Wisconsin’s DREAMers . . . . The Center for DREAMers was awarded a grant through the Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment, a competitive grant program that fosters public engagement and the advancement of the Wisconsin Idea.

Clinical Professor and Director of the Immigrant Justice Clinic at the Law School Erin Barbato, together with Erika Rosales of the School of Education, will lead the Center for DREAMers.

The center will serve the approximately 11,000 DREAMers in Wisconsin, working with organizations to coordinate the provision of legal representation, mental and social services, and career and educational counseling to ease the burden of some of the uncertainty experienced by undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children."

The Center's website includes the following Toolkits & Resources for Students, Service Providers & Educators:


January 26, 2022 in Current Affairs, Immigration Law Clinics | Permalink | Comments (0)

BU Law Conference: Human Trafficking, Then and Now: New Directions and Approaches to Exploitation

Human Trafficking, Then and Now: New Directions and Approaches to Exploitation

Boston University School of Law | Public Interest Law Journal Symposium

Friday, February 11, 2022 | 10:00 am to 4:15 pm

Register here. Please note, this symposium will be presented in a virtual format on Zoom.

Current Symposium Schedule (as of January 25th, 2022)

Human trafficking is a global problem. Yet, defining the scope is difficult, in part due to the underground nature of the problem and the fear that many survivors face. Many survivors do not self-identify. Moreover, legal and social service professionals, often uniquely positioned to engage with survivors, fail to effectively identify potential survivors. Additionally, survivors are often less likely to be believed and stigmatized when they speak out about their experiences.  Click the link above for details.


January 26, 2022 in Conferences and Call for Papers, Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0)

Operation Lone Star Explained -- by the Immigrant Legal Resources Center


Immigration law professor Karla McKanders forwarded this Instagram post by the Immigrant Legal Resource Center on Operation Lone Star, which is described by the ILRC as follows:

"`Operation Lone Star' is an unlawful, xenophobic, and racist program under which Texas law enforcement officers target migrants for arrest, jailing, and criminal prosecution for the state criminal offense of “trespassing.”

In this first episode of our new series, `Texas Explained,' ILRC Texas-based Staff Attorney, Priscilla Olivarez gives us the rundown on how Texas state agencies channel arrested migrants into a shadow criminal legal system that violates fundamental constitutional rights."

Operation Lone Star is an operation announced earlier this year by the Texas governor.   As stated in the official press announcement, "Governor Greg Abbott and the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) . . .  launched Operation Lone Star to combat the smuggling of people and drugs into Texas. The Operation integrates DPS with the Texas National Guard and deploys air, ground, marine, and tactical border security assets to high threat areas to deny Mexican Cartels and other smugglers the ability to move drugs and people into Texas.

`The crisis at our southern border continues to escalate because of Biden Administration policies that refuse to secure the border and invite illegal immigration,' said Governor Abbott. `Texas supports legal immigration but will not be an accomplice to the open border policies that cause, rather than prevent, a humanitarian crisis in our state and endanger the lives of Texans. We will surge the resources and law enforcement personnel needed to confront this crisis.'”



January 26, 2022 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Summer 2022 Immigration Internships for Law Students [UPDATED]

The start of spring semester means job searching for law students and graduates. Here are some legal internships posted on the immprof-list serve. Please additional listings in comments.

Summer Positions

The Valerie Zukin Memorial Fellowship was established in September 2021 to honor Valerie Anne Zukin by advancing the development of more fierce and compassionate immigration lawyers like her. Applications are now being accepted for the inaugural two summer fellows, who will be housed at Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) in Tacoma, WA and Immigrant Legal Defense (ILD) in Oakland, CA. All positions are currently remote. 

The postings are on idealist.orghere (ILD) and here (NWIRP). There is a PDF of the combined announcement attached. Kindly share widely, especially with law students or colleagues at law schools that do not offer summer public interest funding. The 10-week summer fellowships will pay $15,000 each. If you would like to consider a donation to honor Valerie, or just to learn more about her incredible spirit and legacy, please visit:


The National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild is accepting applications for summer internships (h/t Michelle Mendez)

Legal interns are exposed to a wide range of legal research and writing projects, including amicus briefs, pleadings in affirmative lawsuits, client declarations, practice advisories, legislative analysis, legal memoranda, advocacy letters, FOIA requests, and comments on proposed immigration regulations. Interns also assist with the National Immigration Project's outreach and advocacy work. The National Immigration Project seeks candidates who can demonstrate a commitment to immigrants' rights. Preference is given to those law students who have taken an immigration law class or have prior experience working on immigrants' rights issues. Students with law school clinical experience are encouraged to apply. We also encourage applications from people with personal experience of the immigration enforcement system, immigrants, women, people of color, persons with disabilities, persons with diverse gender and sexual identities, and formerly incarcerated people. The internship is remote. Interns are expected to work full-time for a duration of 10 weeks. A small stipend may be available for applicants who do not have funding or are not receiving academic credit. Please note your availability and funding situation in your cover letter.

Interested candidates may apply by submitting PDFs of a cover letter, resume, list of references, and a writing sample of no longer than 5 pages by email to Applicants are encouraged to submit applications early in order to be considered for an internship position.


The American Immigration Council and New American Economy (merged) is hiring two interns for summer 2022, a legal intern and a policy intern. (H/t Kate Melloy Goettel at AIC)

Policy Internship - Summer 2022 | American Immigration Council

Legal Internship - Summer 2022 | American Immigration Council


The Center for Gender & Refugee Studies is currently hiring a cohort of summer 2022 law clerks. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. (H/T Blaine Bookey at CGRS)

Law clerk position listing


The Center for Immigration Law and Policy at UCLA School of Law is looking for two law students to work with us this summer. (H/T Ahilan Arulananthan)

Law Student Position Listing


Applications for the 2022 UC Berkeley Human Rights Center Summer Fellowship now open. Learn more & access application: If you have questions about UC Berkeley's process or need contacts at other campuses, please contact Alexey Berlind at


Permanent Positions

Just Futures Law (JFL) is hiring a full-time, remote Senior Staff Attorney with litigation expertise! This attorney will engage in litigation and advocacy to combat tech policing deployed against immigrant communities, defend the First Amendment rights of immigrants, and challenge immigration enforcement.  Just Futures Law, Inc. (JFL) is a womxn-of-color-led movement law project that defends and builds the power of immigrant rights and criminal justice activists, organizers, and community groups to prevent the criminalization, detention, and deportation of immigrants and people of color in the United States, JFL’s work is virtual and a staff of 5 works remotely in D.C., MA, NC, and NY. All positions are remote within the U.S.

To learn more and apply to join our team, click here


NIJC is offering two 2-year funded fellowships. The selected fellows will provide legal representation to immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers.  The fellowships will begin in September 2022. To apply, see

 The specific work of the fellows will be determined based on the interests of candidates and NIJC’s needs. One fellow will work with NIJC’s asylum project and immigrant children’s project. A second position will provide legal services responding to emerging issues that NIJC identifies. For example, the emerging-issues fellow might be called on to work with individuals detained at the border, or individuals who may become eligible for immigration status based on changes in immigration laws and/or policy. Both fellowships will begin immediately following Labor Day in September 2022, and they will last until the end of August 2024. Applications for the fellowship are due on or before February 28, 2022, and applicants are encouraged to submit their applications in advance of the deadline. Fellows will be based in NIJC’s Chicago or Indiana offices and/or in a hybrid-remote arrangement depending on the status of the COVID-19 pandemic. At the end of the fellowship, fellows will be eligible to seek permanent employment with NIJC if there are pending positions, and will receive strong consideration for any open position at NIJC. The fellowship is open to current 3Ls and attorneys who have graduated within the last three years. To apply, see


Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) is hiring for several positions with our program to provide legal services to unaccompanied children at the Office of Refugee Resettlement’s Ft. Bliss Emergency Intake Site in El Paso, Texas. All positions are based in El Paso and include Managing Attorney, Staff Attorney, and Social Services Coordinator and Program Coordinator. Postings and application instructions are listed on KIND’s job page here:

The US Citizenship and Immigration Services is hiring law clerks and recent or soon-to-be-gradated law school alum to serve as entry-level attorneys in multiple locations nationwide. Policy analyst positions also available. (H/T Steve Bell, Steve Legomsky)

USCIS Entry-Level Attorney Listing

USCIS USA Jobs listings



January 25, 2022 in Jobs and Fellowships | Permalink | Comments (0)

Virtual Lecture by Jennifer Chacon, Legal Phantoms: The Haunting Power of Failed Law Reform (1/31/22)

The UC Berkeley Center for the Study of Law and Society, Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice, and Center for Race and Gender present a lecture by Professor Jennifer Chacon on Monday, January 31, 2022 (12:45pm Pacific).

Chacon portrait

In late 2014, the Obama Administration announced plans to roll out an expansion of its 2012
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program (DACA+), and to add a Deferred Action
for Parents of Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) program. Due to intervening litigation, those
things never happened. Drawing on interviews, observations, and legal and policy texts, this
presentation explores the interstitial spaces connecting the political and legal rise and fall of
DACA+ and DAPA. The story we tell in our forthcoming book is a story about the limits of a
political imagination sharply restricted by the central logic of U.S. immigration law and policy
as it has developed in the past century – one of discretionary, racialized enforcement. But we
also tell a story about how those directly affected by the legal uncertainty withstood the
violence of state action (and inaction), drawing on deep reserves of material, spiritual, and
intellectual resources. Not only did these individuals and collectives argue for programs like
the Dream Act, and other deferred action programs, they also argued against immigration and
criminal law enforcement programs and practices that imperiled large swaths of society
irrespective of immigration status. Their transformative vision, rooted in an expansive political
imagination, still has the potential to transform immigration law and policy in the wake of the
devastation wrought by the Trump era.

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January 25, 2022 in Conferences and Call for Papers, Data and Research | Permalink | Comments (0)

Immigration Article of the Day: Birth of a nation: Race, regulation, and the rise of the modern state by Jennifer M. Chacón


In Birth of a nation: Race, regulation, and the rise of the modern state, 33 Cultural Dynamics 257 (2021), immprof Jennifer Chacón (Berkeley) comments on Radhika Mongia's book Indian Migration and Empire: A Colonial Genealogy of the Modern State (Duke University Press, 2018 and Permanent Black Press, 2019). Chacón begins her comments:

In Indian Migration and Empire: A Colonial Genealogy of the Modern State, Mongia (2018) pushes against what she calls “a methodological statism,” which she defines as “a position that naturalizes the state.” (p. 5) She persuasively reveals how methodological statism is not limited to traditional imperial accounts of state formation, but also influences critical accounts. To denaturalize the state, and in so doing, to generate a more accurate assessment of the origins and significance of contemporary migration regulation, Mongia focuses on the practices, techniques and institutions of the colonial regulation of Indian migration from 1834 to 1917. She approaches her analysis of migration management not through the examination of regulations within a particular state; such an approach merely accepts the presumed “stateness” of certain entities and practices, which are actually in historical flux and in question. She therefore approaches migration regulation from outside of the state, focusing historically on the global technologies of migration control. The resulting account illustrates that the tools and justifications for migration control are not diffused from center to periphery, but are instead the product of a relational, though assuredly hierarchical, coproduction (p. 147).


January 25, 2022 in Books, Law Review Articles & Essays | Permalink | Comments (0)