Advanced Topics in Immigration and Citizenship Law Seminar

Seminar - 2 hours. This course conducts a closer examination of various topics and subject matters that relate to immigration and citizenship law, with a particular focus on how these laws affect the civil, political and social rights of immigrants, including those who are undocumented. In particular, the course will explore various litigation, advocacy and community organizing efforts and projects that have been used to advocate on behalf of immigrants and other non-citizens. Topics related to immigration will vary each semester but may include: presidential executive actions (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), the differences in rights and privileges of citizens and non-citizens, the meaning of formal and substantive citizenship in places regarded “outside” of the borders of the U.S., the enforcement of immigration law by states and local governments, sanctuary cities, federal enforcement programs in the interior and exterior of the United States, and the intersection of immigration law and criminal law. Topics on citizenship law will also vary each semester but may include: how citizenship may be acquired, how citizenship may be lost or revoked, and proposed constitutional amendments to birthright citizenship.

Prerequisite: 292 Immigration Law and Procedure or instructor consent.
Graduation Requirements: May meet Advanced Writing Requirement with the instructor's permission.
Advanced Writing
Professional Skills
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Unit 16