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News Posted on February 16, 2017

Professor Villazor Testifies Before California Senate on Immigration Bill

Professor Rose Cuison Villazor testified before the California Senate Human Services Committee on February 14 regarding SB 6, a bill by Senator Ben Hueso that would create a state program to provide affordable legal representation for noncitizens in removal proceedings.

Immigrants in removal proceedings may face many months of detention and the prospect of permanent separation from their families and communities, yet have no recognized right to government-funded legal representation. Hueso reports that 68 percent of detained immigrants have no legal representation, but those who do retain counsel are more than five times more likely to succeed in challenging their deportation.

Professor Rose Cuison Villazor joined the UC Davis faculty in 2012 from the Maurice A. Deane Law School at Hofstra University.  She has also taught at Columbia Law School and the Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law.  Professor Villazor teaches and writes in the areas of property law, immigration law, race, and citizenship.