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Course Description

This course examines the legal structure of the US immigration system and current policy debates. Topics to be addressed include: categories for admission of immigrants, refugee and asylum law and policies, due process in immigration proceedings, citizenship law (including birthright citizenship, naturalization and dual nationality), detention policies, undocumented migration, legalization proposals and enforcement policies. The course will feature a number of presentations by legal advocates and policy thinkers.

Course Outline

Week 1:

History of the US immigration system and current challenges

Week 2:

Basic structure of the US immigration system

Week 3:

Refugees and asylees

Week 4:


Week 5:


Week 6:

Proposals for reformMigration and Mobility

Additional Information

All material for this course will be delivered online via Canvas. Students will receive access to the course materials at the beginning of the semester session. There will be no scheduled discussion components to this session.

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