Wednesday, March 25, 2020

POSTPONED: Biennial Immprof Conference


The biennial Immigration Law Scholars and Teachers Workshop that was to take place June 14-16, 2020 in Los Angeles, California at Loyola Law School has been postponed. We look forward to meeting together as a community in May or June of 2021.


March 25, 2020 in Conferences and Call for Papers | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Bipartisan Case Backlog and Transparency Act of 2020 introduced in Congress

On February 26, 2020, Representatives Tony Cárdenas (D-CA) and Steve Stivers (R-OH) introduced H.R. 5971, the Case Backlog Transparency and Accountability Act of 2020. The bill establishes new USCIS and GAO reporting requirements concerning the status and contributors to USCIS’s case backlog for naturalizations and other immigration benefits.

The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and the National Partnership for New Americans have engaged in sustained advocacy on the issue of USCIS backlogs and worked with bill co-sponsors on the legislation. Reports issued from the Colorado State Advisory Committee to the US Commission on Civil Rights and hearings were held in the U.S. House Judiciary Immigration Subcommittee led by Rep. Zoe Lofgren as well.

AILA President Marketa Lindt stated, “This vital, bipartisan legislation is a necessary step in the pursuit of greater transparency and accountability within USCIS. For months, AILA and its members have shared clients’ mounting frustration with the ever-increasing case processing delays at USCIS and the detrimental impact of those delays on families, vulnerable individuals and U.S. businesses. Far too many have been in limbo for months, if not years, while they wait to be reunited with family members or renew their work authorization, simply because USCIS has failed to act on their applications in a timely and efficient manner. Last year, USCIS’s own data, analyzed by AILA, revealed a massive and still growing backlog of cases pending outside of target processing times, showing that there was over a 90 percent increase in processing times from FY 2014 through FY 2018. Upon review of that analysis, and following my testimony before the House Judiciary Immigration Subcommittee, Congress demanded an explanation from USCIS, demands that have thus far not been met in a satisfactory way.”


March 10, 2020 in Conferences and Call for Papers | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Berkeley Law: 2020 Riesenfeld Symposium -- Borderline: Problems and Perspectives in Global Migration


The Berkeley Journal of International Law presents




February 28, 2020 (Friday), 1.00-7.00 pm, Booth Auditorium (Room 175)
Berkeley Law, University of California

The Riesenfeld Symposium is free and open to the public

Miller Institute for Global Challenges and the Law
American Society of International Law
White & Case LLP

Stefan A. Riesenfeld

One of the great traditions at Berkeley Law is the annual Riesenfeld Symposium, which allows students, alumni, faculty, and staff to come together to recognize and celebrate achievement in international law. Each year, BJIL presents the keynote speaker with the Stefan A. Riesenfeld Memorial Award, traditionally given to a distinguished scholar or practitioner who has made outstanding contributions to the field of international law. The purpose of the award is to honor the memory of Professor Stefan A. Riesenfeld ’37, who devoted much of his life and career to the study and practice of international law, and to recognize a recipient who has demonstrated a commitment to the values and ideas that Professor Riesenfeld espoused and advocated.

Guy Goodwin-Gill

The 2020 Riesenfeld Award will be given to keynote speaker Guy Goodwin-Gill, Emeritus Fellow, All Souls College, Emeritus Professor of International Refugee Law, Oxford University, and now Professor of Law at UNSW’s Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law. Widely recognized as the preeminent legal scholar in the field, he formerly practiced as a barrister from Blackstone Chambers in London. His distinguished career has encompassed various roles with UNHCR, advocacy before the courts in a number of prominent cases, and academic posts in Canada and throughout Europe. Since joining the Kaldor Centre in 2017, he has served as Acting Director, published widely and regularly comments in the media.

Mr. Goodwin-Gill’s keynote will be followed by a panel, fireside chat, and reception with leading practitioners in the immigration and refugee realm. Other confirmed speakers include:

  • Bree Bernwanger, Immigrant Justice Staff Attorney, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area
  • Richard Buxbaum, Jackson H. Ralston Professor of International Law (Emeritus), Berkeley Law
  • Dan Farber, Faculty Director of the Center for Law, Energy, and the Environment, Berkeley Law
  • Andrea Gurrero, Director, Alliance San Diego
  • Kate Jastram, Director of Policy & Advocacy, Center for Gender and Refugee Studies, UC Hastings
  • Katerina Linos, Professor, Berkeley Law, Co-Directer, Miller Center for Global Challenges and the Law
  • Jane McAdam, Scientia Professor of Law and Director of the Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law, University of New South Wales


February 26, 2020 in Conferences and Call for Papers, Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, February 24, 2020

Rothgerber Conference Women's Enfranchisement: Beyond the 19th Amendment at CU Boulder

The 2020 Rothgerber Conference Women's Enfranchisement: Beyond the 19th Amendment will take place on Friday, April 3, 2020 at the University of Colorado Boulder. It will include a panel on political barriers to enfranchisement, including barriers reltaed to race, gender, class, and citizenship. Professor Justin Levitt (Loyola LA and formerly DOJ) will share lessons learned during his public service at the DOJ during the Department of Commerce v. New York census litigation. Conference registration is free and open to the public now.

The 28th Annual Ira C. Rothgerber Conference Women's Enfranchisement_ Beyond the 19th Amendment (9)

February 24, 2020 in Conferences and Call for Papers | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, February 21, 2020

Hastings Law Journal Symposium on Administrative Law in the Age of Trump features immigation

The Hastings Law Journal symposium on Administrative Law in the Age of Trump (February 21, 2020) features several presentations on immigration.

In the opening panel on transsubstantive issues in administrative, Ming Hsu Chen will present thoughts on guidance and novel policy issues using DACA, public charge, and other recent policies curtailing legal migration.

The sesion on immigration law features Michael Kagan, Karen Musalo, Bob Boswell, and Stephen Kang.

Contributions will be published in the Hastings Law Journal. Registration here.


February 21, 2020 in Conferences and Call for Papers | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, February 20, 2020

DACAmented in the Age of Deportation by Roberto G. Gonzales

The CU Citizenship and Equality Colloquium hosted Professor Roberto G. Gonzales, Harvard Graduate School of Education and Director of the Harvard Immigration Initiative on Wednesday February 19, 2020 for a presentation of the latest data from the National UnDACAmented Research Project, which is the largest and long-running study of DACA recipients in the country. DU Sociology Professor Edelina Burciaga responded with comments highlighting the significance of the findings and the need to respond to the heightened vulnerability of DACA recipients in univesities, should the program's rescission be upheld in the Supreme Court.

The data are highlighted in the Harvard Immigration Initiative's latest issue brief (Under Siege: The Disturbing Impact of Immigration Enforcement on the Nation’s Schools) and Gonzales' co-authored paper “DACAmented in the Age of Deportation.”  


Heightened immigration enforcement in public spaces has brightened the boundaries of exclusion for undocumented immigrants in the United States. Yet, these immigrants simultaneously experience belonging and inclusion within the personal and social spheres of their lives. This article explores this tension among young people with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Drawing on interviews with 408 DACA beneficiaries in six states, our analyses underscore the significance of personal and social spheres as spaces of belonging. DACA expanded these spaces, helping respondents derive meaning, agency, and membership in their everyday lives. However, these personal and social spheres were at times disrupted by hostile and exclusionary contests to function as spaces of vulnerability. Respondents experienced the boundaries between belonging and vulnerability as unstable and, at times, ambiguous-as they navigated a state of social liminality. Ultimately, conflicting sociopolitical climates at the national, state, local and institutional levels have created this social liminality. 

Speaker Bios:

Roberto G. Gonzales is professor of education at Harvard Graduate School of Education. His research centers on contemporary processes of immigration and social inequality, and stems from theoretical interests at the intersection of race and ethnicity, immigration, and policy. In particular, his research examines the effects of legal contexts on the coming of age experiences of vulnerable and hard-to-reach immigrant youth populations. Since 2002 he has carried out one of the most comprehensive studies of undocumented immigrants in the United States. His book, Lives in Limbo: Undocumented and Coming of Age in America (University of California Press), is based on an in-depth study that followed 150 undocumented young adults in Los Angeles for twelve years and has won five major book awards. In addition, Professor Gonzales’ National UnDACAmented Research Project has surveyed nearly 2,700 undocumented young adults and has carried out 500 in-depth interviews on their experiences following President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

Edelina M. Burciaga is an Assistant Professor inthe Department of Sociology at the University of Colorado, Denver, and a faculty affiliate in the Immigration and Citizenship Law Program at CU-Boulder Law and the CU Population Center.  Her research examines the experiences of Latino undocumented immigrants who came to United States as children, and who remain in the country without a pathway to citizenship. Dr. Burciaga received her Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of California, Irvine and JD from Boston University School of Law. Her research and work has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the University of California Institute for Mexico and the United States (UC MEXUS), the University of California Center for New Racial Studies, the University of California Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, and the Society for Study of Social Problems.

A full list of the speakers appears in the flyer and activities of the CU Immigration and Citizenship Law Program / Colorado Immigration Scholars Network.


Citizenship and Equality Spring 2020

February 20, 2020 in Conferences and Call for Papers | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Immigration Law in Shifting Times


On February 7, 2020, the Denver Law Review held a symposium on Immigration Law in Shifting Times.

The day began with a panel on Immigration, Citizenship and Family Law, moderated by Chris Lasch (DU).

  • Gillian Chadwick (Washburn) discussed her work exploring the privilege of biological families in immigration law, what she calls "biological supremacy." She gave compelling examples regarding surrogacy and legitimation to challenge our notions of family unity and parentage.
  • Ming Hsu Chen (CU and blogger extraordinaire) discussed her forthcoming piece (with the DULR) on the particular problems facing noncitizen soldiers who wish to naturalize. She talked about the extraordinary delays facing such applications, which aren't even reaching USCIS and so aren't counted in the general naturalization backlog! She also discussed the appallingly high denial rate facing soldiers who do manage to get their applications to USCIS.
  • Lisa Brodyaga (Refugio del Rio Grande) spoke abut the realities on-the-ground at the Southern border today including the particular problems facing individuals whose U.S. passports have been revoked by the government.

Following this panel, we were treated to a discussion on The Historical Origins of the World's Largest Immigration Detention System by Dr. Carl Lindskoog (Raritan Valley Community College). Dr. Lindskoog spoke about his book Detain and Punish: Haitian Refugees and the Rise of the World's Largest Immigration Detention System. His comments will be published in the DULR symposium edition.

The second panel of the day, moderated by César Cuauhtémoc García Hernández (DU) tackled Immigration and Criminal Law.

  • Carrie Rosenbaum (Golden Gate) spoke about her forthcoming theoretical piece with the DULR regarding the plenary power doctrine and the rule of law.
  • Sirine Shebaya (National Immigration Project) discussed the breath of 8 USC § 1324 in terms of charging individuals with encouraging or inducing unlawful migration, noting the hung jury in the criminal case against Scott Warren and the pending SCOTUS case of United States v. Sineneng-Smith.

The lunchtime keynote speaker was Nina Perales (MALDEF). She gave us a sweeping view of many of the recent changes regarding asylum seekers at the Southern border including MPP, Transit Countries Asylum Ban, Asylum Cooperative Agreements, Prompt Asylum Claim Review, and HARP. While not entirely uplifting, Ms. Perales suggested that new waves of Latino voters (just now reaching 18) offer hope that our political environment may change. Her comments will also be included in the DULR symposium edition.

The third panel of the day tackled Immigration and Employment Law. Lisa Martinez (DU) moderated a panel including:

  • Myself. I spoke about threats to the employment authorization of TPS and DACA recipients and discussed business entity solutions (namely LLCs) to continued work in the U.S. without running afoul of laws against the employment of unauthorized workers.
  • Shannon Gleeson (Cornell) spoke about her soon-to-be published DULR piece with co-authors Kati L. Griffith and Vivian Vazquez--Immigrants in Shifting Times on Long Island NY: The Stakes of Losing Status. Their piece comes out of interviews with TPS holders and assesses what they stand to lose if their TPS status is taken away. Naturally, many were worried about their economic mobility. But many shared fears that extended beyond income.
  • Shayak Sarkar (UC Davis) spoke about migrant workers in the home including the proposed federal Domestic Worker Bill of Rights and unique issues facing au pairs and employers with diplomatic immunity.

The final panel of the day considered Lives in Danger, Justice Denied: Historical and Current Perspectives on the Closing Space for Seeking Asylum in the United States. Scott Johnson (DU) moderated comments from:

  • Clara Long (Human Rights Watch) who talked about on-the-ground regarding the deportation of Salvadorans as well as the Migrant Protection Protocols -- focusing on the deprivations suffered by those subject to the MPP, the violence they face in Mexico, and the damage to their due process rights. She bemoaned the lack of Congressional interest in MPP where the pace to consider these issues "is too slow for the amount of harm" being inflicted.
  • Geoffrey Heereen (soon-to-be Idaho) talked about his forthcoming piece with the DULR about "distancing refugees." That is -- the encampment model under which refugees are warehoused in the least developed areas of the globe. He offered a historical perspective on his practice as well as an explanation of its current iterations in the U.S. and abroad.
  • Pooja Dadhania (Cal Western) is also contributing an article to the DULR symposium edition. Her work discusses language access problems with the asylum system which managed to narrow the availability of asylum without change to substantive law. For example, interpreters at master calendars are being replaced with a subtitled video in Spanish about generic rights--never mind that there are individuals who don't speak Spanish or who are not literate at these court dates.

All in all, it was a fascinating conference. I learned a great deal that I have already taken straight to the classroom. I very much look forward to the final publication of the symposium edition.


UPDATE: I neglected to mention that all of these talks are available online at this link.

February 18, 2020 in Conferences and Call for Papers | Permalink | Comments (1)

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Decolonizing Indigenous Migration by Kristen Carpenter and Angela Riley

The University of Colorado's Citizenship and Equality Colloquium hosted Professor Kristen Carpenter, CU Law Professor on February 12.

Professor Carpenter presented a co-authored paper (with Angela Riley) titled “Decolonizing Indigenous Migration” that shifts the paradigm on border enforcement against indigeneous persons migrating across the US-Mexico and US-Canada border. She describes language translation problems that lead to curtailed process and tragic deaths for native speakers in detention in a system prepared only for Spanish. She describes the closing gates for Tohono Oodham tribal members whose reservations in Arizona are being split by the wall and surveilled by militarized ICE presence. The solutions cannot be found in immigration law alone, given its embedded settler-colonial assumptions about land ownership and rights. Instead, she turns to a human rights framework and the 2018 Global Compact on Migration for new ideas on how to better acknowledge the claims of indigenous people.

CU Geography Professor Joe Bryan provided commentary drawing on his research and experiences working in Oaxaca, Mexico and many parts of Central America. 

Speaker Bios:

Kristen Carpenter is the Council Tree Professor of Law and Director of the American Indian Law Program at the University of Colorado Law School. Professor Carpenter also serves on the United Nations Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as its member from North America. She was a founding member of the campus-wide Center for Native American and Indigenous Studies at CU-Boulder. In 2016 she was the Oneida Indian Nation Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard Law School.

Joe Bryan is a Professor in the Geography Department at CU. His work focuses on the politics of indigeneity in the Americas, with particular attention to questions of land, territory, and rights. His current project focuses on the contemporary politics of indigeneity in Oaxaca, Mexico. It involves a critical engagement with the concept of territory that works through research on community radio projects across Oaxaca.  This work is broadly informed by his longer involvement with indigenous rights, as both an advocate and a researcher, in Ecuador, Chile, Honduras, Nicaragua, and the western United States. Much of that work further engages with the diversity of mapping practices used to advocate for recognition of indigenous land rights


Citizenship and Equality Spring 2020

February 13, 2020 in Conferences and Call for Papers, Law Review Articles & Essays | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, February 10, 2020

Save the Date: Immprof Conference @ Loyola LA June 14-16, 2020

The Immigration Law Scholars and Teachers Workshop will take place June 14-16, 2020 in Los Angeles, California at Loyola Law School. The timing will allow interested folks to attend the annual AILA conference in San Diego starting on June 17.

Stay tuned for the call for works-in-progress, incubators, and commentators!


February 10, 2020 in Conferences and Call for Papers | Permalink | Comments (0)

Saturday, January 4, 2020

DHS to share administrative records on citizenship with census bureau

In his latest reportage on the census, Hansi Lo Wang of NPR reports that the Department of Homeland Security has agreed to share administrative records on citizenship with the Census Bureau.

DHS quietly announced the data-sharing agreement in a regulatory document posted on its website on December 27 pursuant to President Trump's executive order directing agencies to share information after courts blocked the Commerce Department from adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census. 

More takeaways from NPR:

  • According to the DHS document, which was first reported by Federal Computer Week, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is sharing personal information about naturalized U.S. citizens and green card holders from records going back to as early as 1973.
  • More recent records dating to 2013 from Customs and Border Protection, as well as Immigration and Customs Enforcement, will provide the Census Bureau with data such as noncitizens' full names, birth dates, addresses, Social Security numbers and alien registration numbers. CBP is also sharing the travel histories of visitors to the U.S., including those who have overstayed their visas.
  • Federal law restricts the release of immigration records about survivors of human trafficking and of certain other crimes who have applied for special visas, as well as survivors of domestic abuse who have applied for immigration benefits under the Violence Against Women Act. Still, USCIS has asked for permission to release to the Census Bureau data about refugees and asylum-seekers, whose records generally cannot be shared without their consent or a waiver signed by the Homeland Security secretary.
  • The bureau plans to use the data it does receive to try to match the DHS records with those from other agencies about the same person. Each individual's records would then be used in a statistical model designed to produce anonymized estimates of U.S. citizens and noncitizens living in the country.

Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund and Asian Americans Advancing Justice - AAJC are suing the administration over these methods, arguing that its data efforts are part of a conspiracy to stop Latino communities, noncitizens and other immigrants from receiving fair political representation.

Meanwhile, the administration has spent months trying to amass citizenship records from other federal agencies, including the State Department and the Social Security Administration, plus states.

For more context and analysis of the events in this blog post, look up the AALS recordings from today's session Implications of the 2020 Census for Traditionally Marginalized Communities (Moderator Rachel Moran, presentions on the census by Dale Ho, ACLU Voting Rights Director and counsel who argued the Commerce case in the Supreme Court and Justin Levitt, Loyola Law School Los Angeles ).


January 4, 2020 in Conferences and Call for Papers | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, December 30, 2019

AALS: Immigration Programming

Immprofs heading to AALS this week will have a lot of options for immigration programming:

  • Friday, January 3 from 8:30-10:15AM: Immigration Control and Environmental Regulation: Toward Justice?
  • Friday, January 3 from 8:30-10:15AM: Emerging Issues in Elder Law
  • Friday, January 3 from 1:30-3:15PM: Clinical Legal Education - Exploring Immigrant Justice from Intersectional Perspectives
  • Friday, January 3 from 3:30-5:15PM: New Voices in Immigration Law
  • Saturday, January 4 at 8:30am: Discussion of Benson, Yake-Loehr, Sivaprasad Wadhia casebook
  • Saturday, January 4 from 10:30AM-12:15PM: The Challenge of International Law in Dealing with the Causes of the Global Refugee Crisis: Climate Change, Armed Conflict, and Gross Human Rights Abuses Perpetrated by State and Non-State Actors
  • Saturday, January 4 from 1:30-3:15PM: Federal Courts at the Border
  • Sunday, January 5 from 8:30-10:15AM: Recent Developments: How Easily Can Agencies Change Regulatory Policy in Immigration & Civil Rights?
  • Sunday, January 5 from 3:30-5:15PM: Scaling the Invisible Wall: Bureaucratic Controls Over Legal Immigration

If you're interested in participating in the Friday afternoon New Voices session, contact me anytime before the event (or during) and I will send you copies of the papers under consideration. The six papers chosen will be considered in three groups:

Group 1:
Smita Ghosh: Halting & Holding, or Crimmigration Across the Border
Lindsay Nash: Administrative Arrest Warrants

Group 2:

Caitlin Bellis: Accardi in the Trump Era
Nicole Hallett: Rethinking Prosecutorial Discretion in Immigration Enforcement

Group 3:

Laila Hlass & Lindsay Harris: A Tool for Teaching Effective & Justice-Oriented Legal Interviewing: The Legal Interviewing and Language Access Film Project
Eisha Jain: Policing Immigration Status


December 30, 2019 in Conferences and Call for Papers | Permalink | Comments (0)

Sunday, December 22, 2019

America's Voice -- Immigration: Decade in Review


America's Voice compiled a list of the most significant changes in immigration politics and policy (in no particular order) from 2010 to the present.  The list:

1) Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

2) Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA)

3) The “Gang of 8” Bill, S. 744

4) The Latino vote

5) Arizona’s SB 1070

6) Trump’s election

7) Family separation

8) Temporary Protected Status (TPS)

9) Asylum/Remain in Mexico

10) The Border Wall

11) Extremism

12) State initiatives

Click the link above to read about each of teh major develoipments.


December 22, 2019 in Conferences and Call for Papers | Permalink | Comments (0)

Saturday, December 21, 2019

Fourth Circuit willing to review challenge to Census Bureau's inadequate preparations

The Fourth Circuit revived a lawsuit alleging the U.S. Census Bureau’s inadequate preparations for the upcoming 2020 census will lead to an undercount of minority populations.

The three-judge panel found in its opinion that it agreed with a district court ruling dismissing claims brought under the Administrative Procedure Act. But it ruled that the claims raised under the Constitution’s enumeration clause could proceed.


December 21, 2019 in Conferences and Call for Papers | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Joseph A. Vail Asylum Law Workshop


The University of Houston Law Center Clinical Legal Education Program presents the Joseph A. Vail Asylum Law Workshop on Immigration Court Removal Proceedings and Appellate Litigation.  The keynote speaker is LORY ROSENBERG, FORMER MEMBER OF THE BOARD OF IMMIGRATION APPEALS.


December 5, 2019 in Conferences and Call for Papers, Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0)

Saturday, November 30, 2019

Call for Papers: Michigan Law School 2020 Junior Scholars Conference


Michigan Law School 2020 Junior Scholars Conference
April 17-18, 2020
Call for Papers
Deadline for Submission: January 3, 2020

The University of Michigan Law School is pleased to invite junior scholars to attend the 6th Annual Junior Scholars Conference which will be held on April 17-18, 2020, in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

The conference provides junior scholars with a platform to present and discuss their work with peers and receive detailed feedback from prominent members of the Michigan Law faculty. The Conference aims to promote fruitful collaboration between participants and to encourage their integration into a community of legal scholars. The Junior Scholars Conference is intended for academics in both law and related disciplines. Applications from graduate students, SJD/PhD candidates, postdoctoral researchers, lecturers, teaching fellows, and assistant professors (pre-tenure) who have not held an academic position for more than four years, are welcomed.


To apply to the conference, please submit an abstract of no more than 500 words reflecting the unpublished work that you wish to present and a copy of your CV through the online submission form by January 3, 2020. Please save all files as word documents in the following format:

Selection will be based on the quality and originality of the abstract as well as its capacity to engage with other proposals and to foster a collaborative dialogue. Decisions will be communicated no later than January 31, 2020. Selected participants will be required to submit final papers by March 16, 2020, so that they may be sent to your faculty commentator and circulated among participants in advance.

Financial Assistance

A very limited fund is available to help cover partial travel expenses and accommodation for selected participants. If you wish to be considered for financial assistance, please submit a separate written request through the online form specifying your city of departure and an estimate of travel costs. We regret in advance that we are unable to provide full financial assistance to participants.

Questions can be directed to the Organizing Committee Chair through the email address below.
Chun-Han Chen, Chair
University of Michigan Law School Center for International and Comparative Law
Junior Scholars Organizing Committee 200 Hutchins Hall, 625 South State Street Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1215, U.S.A.


November 30, 2019 in Conferences and Call for Papers, Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, November 14, 2019

An asylum officer blows the whistle on remain in Mexico

Greg Sargent of the Washington Post reports: "Tensions have been rising between asylum officers and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the agency that oversees the asylum system. And the union for asylum officers has already issued a legal brief condemning MPP amid litigation over the program. But this asylum officer’s personal indictment of the policy goes much further."

The Washington Post article details the disclosures of an anonymous "deeply dismayed asylum officer" who left his job “after careful consideration and moral contemplation.” The asylum officer wrote a remarkable manifesto that was obtained by Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), as part of Merkley's Congressional investigation of Trump’s asylum policies. The Merkley’s report, still forthcoming but previewed by Sargent for the article, will conclude that the administration has undertaken “systemic efforts” to “effectively rewrite U.S. asylum laws, rules and procedures,” with the overarching goal of “gutting the asylum system” but “without congressional approval or involvement.” Merkley’s report will also conclude that Trump’s policies have "intentionally inflicted trauma” on asylum seeking families.

Among the disclosures, the asylum officer impugns the program for furthering a racist agenda as its end:

The MPP both discriminates and penalizes. Implementation of the MPP is clearly designed to further this administration’s racist agenda of keeping Hispanic and Latino populations from entering the United States. This is evident in the arbitrary nature of the order, in that it only applies to the southern border. It is also clear from the half-hazard implementation that appears to target populations from specific Central American countries even though a much broader range of international migrants cross the southern border.

The officer also alleges that means are breaking down. Under MPP, if asylum seekers in U.S. territory declare in their initial interview a fear of being returned to Mexico, they’re supposed to get a second credible fear screening with a trained asylum officer. But the asylum officer charges that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is being deliberately punitive by making it harder for applicants to succeed:

The implementation is calculated to prevent individuals from receiving any type of protection or immigration benefits in the future. As such, it is a punitive measure intended to punish individuals who attempt to request protection in the United States. There is no clearly established policy and system for notifying applicants of changes to hearing dates and times, or for the applicants to provide change of addresses to the courts and Border Patrol. Without a highly functional notice system, the administration has ensured that a high number of applicants will miss their court dates.

November 14, 2019 in Conferences and Call for Papers | Permalink | Comments (0)

UC Davis Law Review Symposium: The 25th Anniversary of Proposition 187: Challenges and Opportunities for Immigrant Integration and Political Identity in California

Hundreds of protesters gather at Los Angeles City Hall, on Nov. 7, 1994, demonstrating against the so-called "Save Our State" proposition, Prop 187.Nick Ut / AP file

The UC Davis Law Review today continues a symposium on the 25th anniversary of California's immigration milestone, Proposition 187.  Here is the schedule.  There is room for anyone interested in attending.

California Proposition 187, passed in 1994, was the first modern anti-immigrant state legislation. While the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California invalidated the measure, the law’s effects on immigration policies and the Latinx community in California remain.

The UC Davis School of Law and UC Davis Law Review are hosting a panel and an academic symposium to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the passage of Prop. 187 on November 13-14, 2019. The panel will feature litigators who challenged Prop. 187 in the courts.

The academic symposium will discuss the influence Prop. 187 had on immigration at the state and federal levels, the political environment in California, and Latinx and immigrant communities in four panel discussions. 

A panel of distinguished activists yesterday opened the commemoration of the 25th Anniversary of Prop. 187. Litigators who challenged Prop. 187 in court and in the streets discussed their resistance strategies and lessons learned from their experiences for today’s anti-immigrant challenges. The speakers included Thomas Saenz, President and General Counsel, Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), Vibiana Andrade, General Counsel, Los Angeles County Office of Education, and Angie Wei, Chief Deputy Cabinet Secretary for Policy Development, Gov. Gavin Newsom’s Office.  The moderator of the discussion was Maria Blanco, Executive Director, UC Immigrant Legal Services Center.

The schedule for today:

9:00 – 9:15 Welcome and Introductions

9:15 – 10:30 KEYNOTE: Thomas Saenz, President and General Counsel, Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund

10:30 – 12:15  Panel 1:  The Effects of Prop. 187 on State and Federal Immigration Initiatives
Rick Su, Professor of Law, University of North Carolina School of Law
Rose Cuison-Villazor, Professor of Law, Rutgers Law School
Huyen Pham, Professor of Law, Texas A&M
Moderator: Shayak Sarkar, Acting Professor of Law, UC Davis School of Law

1:00 – 3:00  Panel 2:  Prop. 187, Political Participation and Identity
Kevin Johnson, Dean and Professor of Law, UC Davis School of Law
Rachel Moran, Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law
Lisa Garcia Bedolla, Vice-Provost, Graduate Studies, UC Berkeley
Marisa Abrajano, Professor, Political Science, UC San Diego
Oded Gurantz, Assistant Professor, Truman School of Public Affairs, University of Missouri
Moderator: Robyn Rodriguez, Professor, Asian American Studies, UC Davis

3:00 – 4:30  Panel 3:  Social Integration and Welfare of Latinx and Immigrant Communities in the Wake of Prop. 187 and Today
Robert Irwin, Professor of Spanish, UC Davis School of Law
Giovanni Peri, Professor, Department of Economics, UC Davis
Beth Caldwell, Professor of Legal Analysis, Southwestern School of Law
Moderator: Leticia Saucedo, Professor of Law, UC Davis School of Law


In 2020, the UC Davis Law Review will be publiching papers presented at the conference.


November 14, 2019 in Conferences and Call for Papers, Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Podcast: The Battle of 187



This is California: The Battle of 187

A new podcast commemorates the 25th anniversary of Proposition 187, California's anti-immigrant initiative passed in 1994 by the Golden State's voters.

From the Los Angeles Times and Futuro Studios comes “The Battle of 187.” In this miniseries, reporter Gustavo Arellano breaks down how an anti-immigrant initiative that
passed 25 years ago in California turned the state into the progressive beacon it is today and
paved the way for Donald Trump to be elected president.

On November 13-14, the UC Davis Law Review is holding a 25th anniversary symposium on Proposition 187.



October 29, 2019 in Conferences and Call for Papers, Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0)

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Southeastern Immigration Studies Association Conference Paper Submissions due October 20

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Call for Proposals: LSA Pre-Conference Workshop on Citizenship and Migration and LSA Annual Meeting Papers for CRN2

The Law and Society Association's Annual Meeting will take place in Denver, Colorado. Calls for papers have been issued by the CRN2 Citizenship and Migration. In addition, the CRN2 and Colorado Immigration Scholars Network are jointly hosting a pre-conference workshop. See below for details.


CFP: LSA CRN2 Preconference Workshop

Members of the Law and Society Association’s Collaborative Research Network on Citizenship and Migration (CRN2) together with the Colorado Immigration Scholars Network invite applications to participate in a pre-conference to take place on Wednesday May 27, 2020 prior to the Law and Society Association annual meetings in Denver, CO. The purposes of the workshop are to build community among CRN members, and to provide close reads and feedback on works in progress in small groups led by discussants. The convening will run on May 27 from 12 to 7pm at CU Denver (near LSA hotel), with concurrent small sessions and a keynote by renowned immigration legal scholar Hiroshi Motomura, followed by a group dinner. Our hope is that this timing allows participants to fly in that morning if they want to minimize travel time.

To submit a proposal, fill out the form by December 15, 2019. If you are interested in serving as a discussant for a small group, please indicate that as well.

Questions may be directed to Ming Hsu Chen (University of Colorado Boulder), Edelina Burciaga (University of Colorado Denver), Lisa Martinez (University of Denver), Shannon Gleeson (Cornell University), Rebecca Hamlin (University of Massachusetts Amherst).


Law and Society Association Annual Meeting  - Proposals for CRN2 Citizenship and Migration

We’re writing with information about next year’s Law & Society Association conference, which will run between May 28th and May 31st in Denver, CO. It’s time to start thinking about your paper and panel submissions!

You can find information about the conference and different panel formats at the LSA Denver 2020 website. The submissions period will run between September 5th and November 6th (7pm ET). When submissions open on September 5th, a tab with submissions instructions will appear on the site.

For all submissions that address immigration and/or citizenship, please identify our collaborative research network, CRN02, during the submissions process. Doing so will reduce the number of concurrent panels and will make it easier for us to identify relevant panels on the final program.

Paper Sessions
We strongly encourage you to form full sessions and submit your papers together, as a Paper Session. Doing so will ensure that all papers on your panel are closely aligned thematically, which is less possible when we must create panels from individual paper submissions. For a paper session to be approved, you must have 4-5 Paper Presenters and a Chair and Discussant (which can be the same person). You will have an opportunity to indicate what CRN your submission "belongs" to -- please select CRN02.

If you have a paper session idea but need help identifying one or more papers, or a chair/discussant, please email us at by FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6TH. We will compile this information and send it out to the listserv by September 9th, so that you may connect with one another.

Individual Paper Submissions
If you choose to submit an individual paper, you will have an opportunity to indicate what CRN your submission "belongs" to -- please select CRN02.

Other Submissions
There are other formats you may wish to consider, including roundtable sessions, salon sessions, and/or Author Meets Reader (AMR) sessions. Note that the LSA selects and schedules AMRs and the CRN has no control over which books they select. This year, however, the CRN will host a session on “New Books in the Field.”

CRN02 “New Books in the Field”

Do you have a new book published in 2019 or (Jan-May) 2020? If so, we invite you to participate in a CRN02 panel featuring New Books in the Field. This panel will convene the authors of 6-8 recently published books and allow them to briefly talk about their work in a non-concurrent and section sponsored panel. Participation in this panel does not preclude one’s book from being considered for a separate AMR Session, and it does not count against LSA program participation limits. Please email Amada Armenta at by September 15th to be considered for this panel.

We look forward to seeing you all in Denver!

All our best,

CRN2 Organizers:
Amada Armenta, UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs,
Els de Graauw, Baruch College-CUNY,
Hsiu-Yu (Tori) Fan, Soochow University School of Law,

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