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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:

Enforcement

Week 5:

Citizenship

Week 6:

Proposals for reformMigration and Mobility

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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