Course Details

Immigration Law

This course surveys immigration and citizenship law in the United States. The core issues at stake in this course—the boundaries of political membership and the systems for managing migrant populations—play a significant role in many areas of the law and present fundamental challenges to the United States in the twenty-first century. We will examine the entry, presence, expulsion, and naturalization of noncitizens, as well as the content and significance of U.S. citizenship and nationality, from a variety of perspectives: historical and contemporary; procedural and substantive; constitutional, statutory, and regulatory. Specific topics will include the plenary power over immigration; the interaction between immigration and federalism; the constitutional rights of noncitizens; the criteria for the admission of noncitizens on a temporary or permanent basis; the grounds for exclusion and deportation; the rules governing adjustment of status; and the ongoing political debates surrounding immigration reform. Throughout the course, we will consider the major theoretical questions underlying immigration law: What are the different ways of defining citizenship? What defines membership in a political community? How should the rights of citizens and non-citizens differ, if at all? Should our conceptions of citizenship and membership change in an age of substantial migration and globalization? When is it appropriate to force non-citizens to leave the United States? Are there any moral constraints on the state's interest in controlling its borders? How does immigration law intersect with the United States's role/power in the world? The required textbook for this course is T. ALEXANDER ALEINIKOFF ET AL., IMMIGRATION AND CITIZENSHIP: PROCESS AND POLICY (8th ed. 2016), along with the accompanying statutory supplement, ALEINIKOFF ET AL., IMMIGRATION AND NATIONALITY LAWS OF THE UNITED STATES: SELECTED STATUTES, REGULATIONS AND FORMS (2016). Additional material will be posted on Canvas (CN).

Catalog Number: CONPUB 660
Practice Areas: Constitutional Law & ProcedureLabor and Employment Area
Additional Course Information: Open to First Year Students


Course History

Fall 2017
Title: Immigration Law
Faculty: Delaney, Erin F. (courses | profile)
Carlson, Elisabeth Anne
Section: 1     Credits: 3.0
Capacity: 65     Actual: 20

Fall 2015
Title: Immigration Law
Faculty: Delaney, Erin F. (courses | profile)
Carlson, Elisabeth Anne
Section: 1     Credits: 3.0
Capacity: 65     Actual: 18